The Virginian was built and operated by Mike Dodd of Montpieler, Virginia. It was a point to point occupying a 24 x 24 room in his basement. Mike used laser occupancy detectors and staging yard controllers to control movements in and out of staging. He also had fully function train order signals controlled from the operators office, and a telephone system that supported his TT/TO operation format. This excellent running layout was dismantled in July 2008 after the final operating session on July 12, 2008. Mike is planning another layout in the house he is building in Mineral, Virginia.