Railroad Prototype Modelers Valley Forge

March 22 to 24, 2024

Layout Tour railroads

Bill Blackburn - Great Valley Division www.prr-gvd.com    12:30PM to 4PM

Set in the earlier 20th Century during the days of steam, the Great Valley Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad is an imaginary secondary line using local place names. (The real Great Valley extends northeast and southwest in either direction from King of Prussia.) This layout features 17 daily passenger trains, 25 freights, a helper job, 2 work extras, a high wide transfer and 3 yard jobs. The theme of operations is mainly local work with the main line freights dropping off and picking up cars at Paoli. All locals originate and disperse to West Chester, Phoenixville and the main line.

Bob Zeolla    Conrail Conemaugh Line

The Conemaugh Line represents a 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; westward to Conway Yard; also westward to Butler; and northward to Kittanning. In addition, an interchange with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (Chessie System) is modeled at Etna. The modeled time period is the year 1978. The hub of operations during this period on the Conemaugh is Kiski Yard. All traffic either originated or terminated here, or at least stopped at Kiski for set outs and pickups. Secondary yards along the line are at Etna and West Tarentum. The West Tarentum yard also served the Allegheny Ludlum steel mill in Brackenridge Externally, the Conemaugh was served by Conrail’s classification yard at Conway.

Operations involve running 18 trains, taking about 3 hours to complete, including through and local freights, unit mineral trains, and branch line and steel mill switching. A maximum of 12 operators can be accommodated including 1 dispatcher, 3 yard masters, and 2 yard crew positions. The balance of the operators work as road crews cycling on and off the railroad as needed. Car forwarding is by car card and waybill. Traffic is controlled by the dispatcher at a CTC panel built using JMRI PanelPro.

Earl Paine    Reading

Representing the Reading Railroad's mainline along the Schuylkill River between Philadelphia and Reading in the early 1970's leading up to the Conrail merger. The modeled portion extends from Falls Yard through to Abrams Yard west through Phoenixville, Royersford, Pottstown, Stowe Yard, Monocacy, Birdsboro where the line diverges to the Belt line/Turkey Path and the Main line thru to Reading Yard. Operations involve heavy freight trains performing industrial switching with some commuter passenger trains. The section modeled was yard limits over half modeled distance in its day, that allows for interesting operating situations for general freight, coal, cement, steel and industrial switching.

Paul Backenstose    WESTERN MARYLAND Ry

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. DCC is by NCE.

George Pahamov    NYO&W


Steve Salotti     12:30PM to 4PM

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.

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