Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers Holiday Display

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November 23, 2012 11:08 AM

We will have our layout up again this year at Kennywood Park along with the Parks Holiday Light Display. Fri, Sat, and Sunday now threw Christmas then Dec 26-30. Hours are 5-9pm.  Tonight is the First night. I will post pictures that I will take this Eve.

 

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November 23, 2012 1:22 PM

More details can be found on Kennywood's web site:

 

http://www.kennywood.com/site/events.html

 

This year, they are offering season passes for only around $10 more than a single admission.

 

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November 23, 2012 10:46 PM

Here are some of the pix I took of the layout before the park was open:

 

 

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And at the end of the night, some opening night fireworks:

 

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November 23, 2012 11:34 PM

Andy,

Great display and nice pictures.  Wish I was back up there!  Thanks for posting.

 

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November 23, 2012 11:54 PM

Very nice!

 


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November 24, 2012 8:20 AM

Originally Posted by DOC:

Some more Pictures of our Display. The crowd was great the weather was good and we are ready for day 2. Little colder today but this is Pittsburgh and the people always come out no matter what the weather is.

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November 24, 2012 9:12 AM

Originally Posted by Andy Hummell:

More details can be found on Kennywood's web site:

 

http://www.kennywood.com/site/events.html

 

This year, they are offering season passes for only around $10 more than a single admission.

 

Andy

Andy, Since my hometown is Duquesne (Miller Avenue, Duquesne Place,) I especially appreciate your thoughtfulness in posting the website and those photos of Kennywood during the Winter. I haven't been in Kennywood for decades and surely never saw it that way when I worked in the employee's cafeteria 50 (!) years ago. So, thanks again for the feast-for-the-eyes and the update.

Frank M of LR 

 

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November 24, 2012 9:52 AM

Good luck guys!

 

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November 24, 2012 10:00 AM

Moonson:

 

And I'm from West Mifflin and don't remember Kennywood ever being open for Christmas.  I beleive they just started doing that in the last few years.  Can Andy or someone else please confirm?

 

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November 24, 2012 10:15 AM

This is only the second year for this event.  And judging by the crowds, I don't think it will be the last.  We probably get more eyes on the PIHR layout in one day at this event than at any two Greenberg train shows combined, and that may be understating things.

 

I plan on taking some more pictures and video, and will post as I get time.  I wish you ex-Pittsburgh guys could see the park with all the lights.  It is simply stunning.  And last night, we got a dusting of snow (at least around my house), and if it lasts through the day, the park should be even more beautiful.

 

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November 24, 2012 11:13 AM

That's awesome how much time your club members give up in order to spread the joy of the hobby.  Thanks for doing it and I hope everyone in the club enjoys it as much as we enjoy seeing it.

 

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November 24, 2012 11:26 AM

The club must be so excited when putting all that together for folks to enjoy. Sharing a layout during this time of year doesn't just entertain; it gives folks memories that last a lifetime, as we in this hobby of ours well know.

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November 24, 2012 2:04 PM

WOW Andy....that is a fantastic layout!  Thanks so much for posting the pictures...

 

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November 24, 2012 11:01 PM

Here are some more pictures from tonight:

 

 

A little On30 on the mountains (the trains are running in a tunnel below)

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This is the exterior of the building we are in

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And finally, a few shots of the park itself:

 

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November 24, 2012 11:21 PM

Looking GOOD!!    

 

 

 

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November 25, 2012 12:48 AM

Thank you for posting all the lovely pictures. I enjoyed them all.

 
 
 
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November 25, 2012 9:49 AM

Andy, Those shots of Kennywood Park itself are much appreciated, too! You've very kindly provided an opportunity to see things I may never have a chance to see in-person. For me, seeing all these photos has been a Christmas present, taking me back to a place dear to me. Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness.

Frank M.

 

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November 25, 2012 10:15 AM

Frank, you are most welcome.

 

It is a joy to share our hobby, and the people who come to see us appear to be enjoying it as well, based on their reactions, like pointing out little humorous details scattered around the modules, looking inside the passenger cars at the figures, taking photos and videos, and asking lots of questions.  Even the park employees come around to check us out on breaks and before the park opens.

 

And the looks on the kids' faces are priceless.

 

And on top of all of that, we are having a great time ourselves.

 

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November 26, 2012 6:46 AM

A few more shots from yesterday:

 

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November 26, 2012 5:38 PM

Andy,

   Great layout and real nice pictures, thanks for posting them.

I will try to make it over this Christmas season to see the actual layout.

PCRR/Dave

 

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November 26, 2012 7:55 PM

Well last eve while trying to get something out from under my module I knocked out the support that holds my mountain up. What a mess I had.It came crashing to the floor and I was under it.Thank God it is made out of foam. The only thing that really was damaged was a $80 1/43 car.Its now worth about $5. In a short time I had it back in place. I have to do some wireing and all will be like it was. I am going to come up with a better support before Fri.

 

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November 26, 2012 7:58 PM

WOW!  You folks must have every module out for this occasion. It looks larger then usual.

 
 
 
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November 26, 2012 10:29 PM

This year's setup at Kennywood is slightly larger than last year's, but from what I understand, the club members have more than enough modules to do two shows simultaneously (and it has been done on many occasions).

 

I think that clubs like ours (and the many others out there) are the best way to really share this hobby. 

 

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November 27, 2012 7:27 PM

Our group Has many more  straight modules and 4 other corners and always more in the works. this set up is nice size but we have done several larger.

 

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December 1, 2012 10:32 PM

Here is a video from last weekend showing some of the park lights and some train action with the Polar Express:

 

 

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December 1, 2012 11:30 PM

Andy, I think I've said this before but that Berk is one impressive machine!

 

The lights look good too.  I made it to this event last year but it doesn't look like I will this season, so an extra "thanks" for the video and pics.

 
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December 1, 2012 11:35 PM

And here are some shots from tonight, including some new additions to the layout in the form of a construction site, a very appropriate amusement area featuring Coaster Dynamix versions of Kennywood's Turtle and Thunderbolt, and Thom's latest custom car - a Heinz truck on a short Heinz flat car.

 

The crowd tonight was HUGE!

 

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December 1, 2012 11:47 PM

Hi Andy,

 

Great video and beautiful photo's , I really enjoyed this whole thread.

Thanks for sharing.

 

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December 2, 2012 12:12 AM

The Turtle and the Thunderbolt... just when I thought it couldn't get any cooler...

 
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December 2, 2012 8:55 AM

I think that the coolest thing is the sheer number of people that we had come through last night.  For a long stretch of the night, we could barely move around outside of the layout for all the people that were there.

 

I was running my scale Polar Express engine with a consist of all the scale Polar Railroad freight cars, and it was almost as big a hit as the consist of the PE passenger cars.  To quote one little girl that I overheard explaining to her mother, "That's how Santa gets his supplies."

 

Oh, and for the other modular clubs out there, the Coaster Dynamix rides were a pretty big hit with the crowds.  Just sayin'...

 

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December 2, 2012 10:48 AM

60 outside last night sure did bring the people out for a good time. Weather is to be nice again today. They even keep the Park open after 9pm.

Can't get anybetter than running trains and seeing so many people having a Great time.

 

 

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December 2, 2012 9:58 PM

The park told us that last night's attendance was between 9,000 and 10,000 visitors!

 

More pictures and video to come...

 

Andy

 

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December 3, 2012 10:00 AM

Bill, Bill, Frank, Dave, Walt, Alan, Jim, Dave, Dennis, Mike, and Alex, thanks for all the kind words! 

 

Here is a link to a local newspaper article about Kennywood Holiday Lights from last week:

 

          Kennywood lights up the season in new ways

 

 

And a few pictures from last night:

 

Last night, the Kennywood Park Police stopped by with this gift of a perfectly-sized Kennywood Police cruiser (and the PIHR would like to again extend our thanks and appreciation to the Kennywood Park Police for this gift)

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Here are a couple more of Thom's custom cars:

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December 3, 2012 7:35 PM

Great shots Andy. We will have to make you the Offical Picture taker of the Club.You are getting every angle of the display. Great Job.

Its hard belive we have done 2 weekens already.

You can look at the pictures but seeing it all in person is really something. The lights all over the Park make the place take on a different look.If you a able and can make it to Kennywood I think you will enjoy the Park in a differnt way than you have in the Summer. Three more weekend to catch it all before Christmas and 5 days after.

 

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December 13, 2012 7:36 PM

We are ready for weekend number 4. The weather last week was Rain 2 out of the 3 days but this weekend 50s so Kennywood should have a nice turnout.

 

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December 15, 2012 9:55 AM

Found another recent article in the local papers on the KHL display:

 

http://triblive.com/neighborho...nywood#axzz2F8A0A1OC

 

Of course, the relevant line in the article is:

 

... the Pittsburgh Independent Hi-Railers have provided an impressive model railroad layout, which is on display at the Parkside Cafe.

 

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December 15, 2012 12:45 PM

Andy:

 

Thanks for all your posts and videos of this layout. I particularly liked your shots of the PE. Very nice job.

 

 
 
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December 15, 2012 2:44 PM

Andy, Thanks for all the great pictures and the video!!!!!!!

 

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December 19, 2012 7:03 AM

The crowds just keep on coming!    Some more shots from this past weekend.

 

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A new addition to the miniature park.

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Looking forward to more running this weekend, and then comes the long stretch after Christmas where we will be running every day from Dec. 26 through Dec. 30.

 

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December 19, 2012 8:45 AM

Andy:

The layoutlooks great! Are there any Park rides operating?

 

Do any of the locals recognize the Mon Valley Locomotives on the layout?

 

 

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