March 24 to 27, 2022

RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELERS

 VALLEY FORGE

Layout Tour railroads

Layouts will be open at 1230PM on Sunday.

A map booklet will be available at registration.

Steve Salotti - 


Steve Salotti, 46 Meadow Road, Collegeville, PA 19426

Set in 1949 in northern New Jersey, the railroad runs between Little Ferry (major yard) and Hainesburg and features passenger and mainline freight service, with many locals serving industries, both along the line and on the waterfront.



Paul Backenstose - 1230PM to 4PM

Paul models the Western Maryland Railway in 1971 from Hagerstown to Connellsville and a portion of the Thomas Sub. Twenty two trains are run in an operating session, including regularly scheduled freights; coal, coke, hopper and grain extras; and 6 trains on the Thomas Sub. Ridgeley Yard (near Cumberland) is worked by many of these trains.

 NCE DCC; throttles not required. FRS radios are required. 

Greg and Angel Shindledecker's

Western Maryland Thomas Subdivision in the mid-70's


HO version of the Western Maryland Thomas Subdivision is set in the mid-‘70s. The island-style layout fills our 30' x 57' basement and is still under construction. Roadbed is constructed on Masonite splines with Homabed under the track. Mainline track is code 83, yard and branch lines are code 70/75. The benchwork was constructed by using Sievers' modular system. All trackwork is complete and scenery is in progress.

The railroad is based on the prototype's operations on the WM’s Thomas Subdivision. The segment modeled is from just west of 21st Bridge (east of McCool, MD) to Elkins, WV. Two large staging yards represent points east - Cumberland, MD and beyond; the other being coal branches radiating from Elkins to Durbin, Webster Springs, Dailey and Belington. In between lies the Blackwater Canyon, in which the famed Black Fork Grade required multiple helpers on almost all trains moving coal eastbound.

Online industries include coal load outs and mines, pulpwood and wood chip loading, the Westvaco paper mill at Luke, MD, coal-powered electric generation at Mt. Storm, a tannery, a Kingsford Charcoal plant and car shops for maintenance and repair at Elkins.

Operations have just begun on the layout, with multiple shakedown sessions and subsequent tweaks to the schedule.

Ron Hoess

This is a switching layout under construction since 2014. The layout depicts the PRR Chestnut Hill Branch circa 1958 starting at North Philadelphia and terminating at Midvale yard.

The major industries served are the Budd Company and the Midvale Steel Company. In order to better represent urban Philadelphia in prototype fashion, all the structures are scratch built based on extensive historic research. The layout features signature buildings that lined the Branch as well as the ubiquitous neighborhoods of Philadelphia rowhouses

Ken McCorry 1PM TO 4PM

Modeled is the PRR's Buffalo Line. The modeled portions include Sunbury, Northumberland , Williamsport and Renovo all in Pennsylvania and Olean, Machias, Ebenezer and Buffalo all in New York. Current era is 1964-1976 which includes the last four years of the PRR and all of PC up until Conrail. A crew of 30-32 people get together once a month for a four hour op session. Operations are handled by NCE DCC and two dispatchers Kase and Lyco and one block operator at Renovo. The railroad celebrated it's 30th birthday in February 2022. Over the past two years, there have been major upgrades to the scenery.

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