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March 24 to 27, 2022

Layout Tour railroads

Steve Salotti     12:30PM to 4PM


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. 

Ron Hoess    12:30PM to 4PM    MASKS REQUIRED

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 row houses.

Click the arrows on the sides of the photo for more views.

Ken McCorry 12:30PM 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.

Charles Chandler II   12:30 to 4PM    MASKS REQUIRED

My layout portrays the PRR in the Philadelphia areaduring the 1950's and includes several local scenes such as Arsenal, The High Line, 30th St Station and Zoo Interlocking. Although scenery is only about 40% done, there is much to see.

Click on left and right arrows for more photos.

Bob Zeolla     12:30 to 4PM

The Conemaugh Line represents the portion of Conrail's operation in Western Pennsylvania diverging from Conrail's Pittsburgh Line at ConPit Junction near Johnstown, and rejoining Conrail's Ft. Wayne Line in Pittsburgh. The modeled portion is from Avonmore to Pittsburgh. Staging extends this area eastward to Johnstown and westward to Conway Yard. The modeled time period is 1978. The hub of operations during this period on the Conemaugh is Kiski Yard. Secondary yards along the line are at Etna and West Tarentum. Operations include through and local freights, unit mineral trains, and branch line and steel mill switching. 

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