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HO scale modular diorama system
Based on the modular system, this Conrail's new project made by is composed by some parts (single dioramas) that make up a system in HO scale, set in the early years of the company (1979-1989) and show a small part of the Pittsburgh mainline (Conrail Pittsburgh Division), freelance presented.
Every single diorama has the following measurements: 120cm long by 50cm wide. The base is pine wood 2 cm high, with thick slats on the bottom to create space to accommodate electrical cables. Using foam and cork sheets, I have done the terrain and the scenery, formed by small plains and some hills. With the putty in paste form I completed the whole thing. For the track I choose the Walthers Shinohara code 83 "flex track", with few turnouts (size 8 and 6, as minimum). Some block signals (semaphore type) are allocated on the mainline in proximity of crossing and sidings.
On the scenery are present some structures, essentially as track-side shanties, freight depot and others little houses. A "first aid" refuelling diesel point is allocated on siding, near an industrial "stock oil" tanks area. On the background there are the typical civilian and commercial structures.

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The system layout   at glance

Name: CR 1976-1986 First Ten Years
Type: modular dioramas
Scale: HO (1:87.1)
Size: meters 3,60 x 0,50 (4 modules)
Prototype: Conrail
Locale: Central Pennsylvania
Era: 1976-1986
Minimun radius: 30'' mainline, 24" yard sidings
Minimun turnout: no.8 (main) no.6 (sidings)
Track: code 83 WALTHERS
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