The purpose of the Western Ohio Railway web site has, to date, gone through three phases of intended purposes. Now to be clear, web site development is as much of a hobby for me as railfanning and model railroading. So this was something I wanted to do for enjoyment. By my goals for the web site have evolved with time.

Created in 2013, I originally created the site to be a place to share and organize my pictures. I'm not the most prolific photographer, and my collection is much smaller than many. But I wanted a way to organize my photos and reference them when ever I wanted, where ever I was at.

My original plans also included sharing the progress of my model railroad. The concept for which is described on other pages on this site. But progress on the layout was slow, and pictures worth sharing few and far between. For now, it was a prototypes only site.

Looking back at the first few hundred photos published to the site, they were almost 100% in the 'David Lamb Personal Collection'. Then I made a discovery...

I don't know which I discovered first. Either the existance of a new shortline railroad operating on my beloved Peavine, or the fact there was a group of railfans collaborating in a facebook group about the Peavine. Regardless of which came first, the more important discovery for this web site was the facebook group(s).

The members of the facebook groups were providing not just quantity and quality of materials, but an incredible variety of materials. Sure there were lots of modern photos. But there were a lot of historical photos as well. There were documents and diagrams and first hand accounts of stories along the line.

The purpose of this site transistioned to organizing what I saw being posted to facebook into an organized site where I could look up specific locations and topics quickly and easily. Want to research the Batavia depot. Every picture I have for that is on one page. What to find information about the Easter crash of 1958, all of that information is on one page.

The site became my go to resource for things I hope to (and in a couple cases have already) modeled on my planned model railroad...

Along Came The Peavine Division
Planned for many years, only recently has the Peavine Division taken root. At the time of writing this (October of 2021), there is one sceniced section with progress on more of the layout expected to continue at a steady pace.

With the layout starting to actually happen, the purpose of the web site changes again. While I will continue to collect material from the facebook group, I anxiously away posting pictures and videos of the HO Scale Peavine Division. And who knows, maybe in a few years I'll have to update this site again with another evolution.