March 22 to 24, 2024
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Bob Zeolla Conrail Conemaugh Line 12:30PM to 4PM
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 12:30PM to 4PM
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 12:30PM to 4PM
Ron Hoess - PRR 12:30PM to 4PM
The layout is a modest sized switching layout depicting the Pennsylvania Railroad at North Philadelphia circa 1958. Included are a portion of the mainline, the long forgotten Stifftown Branch and the first 3 miles of the Chestnut Hill Branch. All of the structures on the layout are scratchbuilt to better represent the buildings that were there. Major industries that are included are the Budd Company and Midvale Steel. Since this was electrified territory, much of the trackage was under wire. Thus far about 50% of the catenary has been installed.
George Pahamov NYO&W 12:30PM to 4PM
STARR Model RR Club 12:30PM to 4PM
The St. Albans Model Railroad (StARR) captures the essence of railroading and industry typical ofsouth-eastern Pennsylvania in the steam to diesel transition era (roughly 1930 to 1970). It is an HO scale model railroad thatmeasures roughly 30' x 60'. It has close to one thousand feet of track, 1400 cars, and 200 locomotives. Train crews and operators utilized digital command control to run and route the trains.
See the club website for photos.
Don Richards PRR Chesapeake Division 1967 12:30PM to 4PM
Bruce Friedman - CSX 12:30PM to 4PM
My HO layout is based on the CSX Philadelphia Subdivision. I model the current day. It is 42' X 56' in size and has 4 levels. The layout is completely finished and has 1000' of main line. There are 2 helixes and 3 staging areas which is one of the levels. Another level is the ESPN shortline that interchanges with CSX in Wilmington, Delaware. The layout is run with Digitrax DCC and is fully signaled with operating detection and is dispatched with Railroad and Company software.
The layout has wide aisles but you do have to use steps to get down to the basement.
Greg & Angel Shindledecker WM 12:30PM to 4PM
Greg and Angel Shindledecker'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, the Kingsford Charcoal plant and car shops for maintenance and repair at Elkins.
The railroad is operated by verbal train orders given by the dispatcher. Crews sign up for trains on the Call Board and are given clearance to proceed by the dispatcher. The railroad has train order signals at key stations along the line, so crews may be required to call in usings FRS radios to receive orders if the signal indicates. A typical operating session will yield 18-20 trains. These will be a combination of through coal (and empty coal) trains and locals, switching industries and tipples.
Elkins Yard is crewed with a yardmaster and a yard crewperson. Other yards are Thomas, Bayard and Beryl. Other than Elkins, yards are self-serve. Staging is provided on either end of the run by two, 10-track yards.
U shaped point to point switching layout based on the towns of Homer and Cortland, NY located along the Syracuse Branch of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad set in the Summer of 1957. Layout built with every effort to capture the prototype. Variety of scratch-built structures from field measurements and period photos. Waybill operation; off layout staging. First generation diesels with period equipment. DCC control (Digitrax).
An OO layout (English equivalent of HO) is in progress above.
Delaware & Susquehanna Model Rail Road Club 12:30PM to 4PM
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.