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Scott, thanks for starting early.  This is a busy training weeknd for me and my cadets.

It is late 1949 and passenger traffic is increasing as people start traveling for the holidays.  To keep up with the demand, the Pennsy leases additional cars from Pullman to augment their fleet.  Here the photographer caught a Pullman pool car in a consist going to New York City.

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Pax cars are GGD.  Freight cars are Atlas, caboose is Lionel.

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Photos and video show my Weaver die-cast model of Maine Central Class W 2-8-0 Consolidation #501 running conventionally on my freelanced 10’-by-5’ New England layout at 26 scale miles-per-hour.

Maine Central #501 was built by Alco Schenectady in 1910. Tractive effort was 37,000 pounds, locomotive weight was 198,000 pounds and total weight (loco and tender) was 348,000 pounds. #501 was retired in 1958 and is currently under restoration at the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire.

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I am always taking random photos of my layout and this one that I thought that this one that I took about a week ago was particularly good. It is an image of the town of Port Royal and the PA Route 75 Bridge built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1910. The Port Royal station was built the same year, and served passengers until the late 1940’s. It was torn down by Penn Central in 1969.  The model portrays the scene as it it appeared in 1957. That is the first photo:

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I decided to compare it to a prototype photo from the Port Royal Bicentennial website and reproduced here with their permission. It is the second photo. They were quite similar, so I decided to convert the photo that I took to black and white and correct the color tones as much as possible to match the prototype image. Then I cropped both of them to resemble each other as much as possible.

I think the corrected model photo pretty closely resembles the prototype photo, but you can judge for yourself.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy!

From the originator and custodian of the Port Royal 2000- website: As the originator and custodian of the PortRoyal200 web site, I am happy to grant to you permission to use any of the graphics or text from the site for your railroad modeling or other educational purposes.

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I am always taking random photos of my layout and this one that I thought that this one that I took about a week ago was particularly good. It is an image of the town of Port Royal and the PA Route 75 Bridge built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1910. The Port Royal station was built the same year, and served passengers until the late 1940’s. It was torn down by Penn Central in 1969.  The model portrays the scene as it it appeared in 1957. That is the first photo:



I decided to compare it to a prototype photo from the Port Royal Bicentennial website and reproduced here with their permission. It is the second photo. They were quite similar, so I decided to convert the photo that I took to black and white and correct the color tones as much as possible to match the prototype image. Then I cropped both of them to resemble each other as much as possible.



I think the corrected model photo pretty closely resembles the prototype photo, but you can judge for yourself.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy!



From the originator and custodian of the Port Royal 2000- website: As the originator and custodian of the PortRoyal200 web site, I am happy to grant to you permission to use any of the graphics or text from the site for your railroad modeling or other educational purposes.

Magnificent!

Peter

Last weekend, the group participated at the annual Science Museum of VA Train Show. This is the 46th year it has gone on and we have been paticipating since 2011.

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The layout was 18x27 at the time and we had about 12 members.

Now, the layout is 21x47 and all the layouts have moved (since 2017) to a new exhibit hall behind and connected to the main museum proper.....and, we’ve grown to over 40 members…..

Eight layouts are featured.....O, HO, N and Lego......

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Attendence was just under 11,000 for the three days.....

Have a great and safe weekend, folks!

Peter

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Now, fast forward to this week, where we begin our 8 week run at the Great Big Green House in BonAir/Midlothian VA (western suburb of Richmond, south of the James River, and along the Norfolk Southern tracks which have their origin as the old Richmond & Danville RR).

Before........

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We officially open 3PM today......but, I suspect many of us will be there early!

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Come out and see us if you can.

Have a great and safe weekend, everyone!

Peter

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"work" continues on building this year's Christmas Layout.  Some progress for sure but I'm not making the progress that I usually do at this point.   I'll get there though, for sure.

Alot of 'under the cover' things were done this past week so more progress was made than is visible.  Here's where I'm at as of yesterday, Thursday.

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That 2'x4' open space on that 4'x8' plateau was left that way until I could finish up doing EVERYTHING that needed to be done in that back space on it, which will be unreachable when I put the finishing piece of homasote in that gap.  I also had a terminal block under there from which I funneled out wire hookups, both for the track and for yet to be placed accessories.

4 - back plateau not done yet

THis scen looks easy to build but it's the main reason why I didn't get more done this week.  It took  LOT of experimenting to place that 90 degree trestle in exactly the right spot.  Spent almost a full day on it.

4 - bridge and trestle

4 - front plateau not done yet

THe lake in the very back left corner

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The  picnic scene from the middle back of the plateau.  I've added to it since I took this.

4 - Pav and play

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Here's my photos of the fun kind for this fine weekend!  Thanks Scott for getting us rolling!  

Busy-ness as usual on The Free State Junction Railway.  IMG_2453

A lite power move on the Patsburg Division mainline exits Easterly Tunnel with Canton SW1500 and calf & Patapsco & Back Rivers VO1000.  The elevated line shows a B&O steam loco ( not in photo ) and tender slowly easing backward so it can give a needed shove to a stalled freight train in the tunnel.   Meanwhile up on the Mountain Division a short freight rumbles across the bridge. IMG_2455

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After the dust settled, it's back to business as usual at the Canal Street Tower which controls the switches at the CUS Interlocking for Chicago Union Station.  The California Zephyr is ready for departure with unusual power on the front.  Normally CB&Q E units are used, but these Western Pacific F units traveled all the way through to Chicago and are scheduled back to the west coast on the afternoon departure.  The three main lines all have green clear signals in the distance.

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Nicely done with that "wall decoration" Scott (and Josh)! Thanks for the promo for the magazine.

I saw Neil Kresge's layout this past April and he had the OGR article about his layout framed in his train room. I thought it looked like a great idea. I took the magazine over to Michael's and they wanted $800.00 to frame it with my 70% off coupon. I decided to go with the $25.00 Walmart frame with Dollar Tree matting.

Scott Smith

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From my cousin Jimmy Don McCraddon that lives deep in the Ozarks...



Autumn, 1964...

Leavin' the town of Ozarka, some tired ol' covered wagons is 'a fixin' to bust Log Truck Crossin' on their way to do battle with Buck Mountain Grade on the Kansas City & Gulf's "Ozark Sub". 'Course, they'll have to git past Tuff Cuss Curve an' other places that kin stall 'em befer they kin even begin to tackle Buck Mountain Grade!

In the background is Ozark Forest Products' lumber mill. The mill's really been a' hummin' of late.

Reckon' that's it fer this 'un!

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About the above photo:

The scale is HO. The photo backdrop is temporary, as are all quasi-scenic elements on the layout at this point. Getting serious with scenery is in the near future, but of late I've just simply been enjoy some solo operating sessions.

All fer now!

Andre

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