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(PHOTOGALLERY at bottom of this page)
A small HO scale layout to switching and photography.
This PRR's ho scale layout is based on Redstone Branch regional freight line, but also used by few passengers trains that connected Brownsville through Redstone Junction to Uniontown (Fassett County) on a route of about 15 miles. Redstone Junction was allocated on the crossing route from Greensburg and Fairchanche (southwest of Pennsylvania). The Redstone Branch is part of Monongahela Branch & Branches, subdivision 14 and 15 of Pittsburgh Division (Pennsylvania Railroad Central Region). The project is set in 1957, the last year until complete dieselization of PRR and the scenery is substantially a product of my fantasy, but based on some images founded on the web about that area.



My choice of which part to play relating to enormous railway network used by the Pennsylvania Railroad during the period of its greatest expansion (1910-1960), was made following some specific needs:
- the small space available
- the restricted budget at disposal
- the railroad equipment and the structures which I have already prepared
- the simplicity of the gone reality that I had to reproduce (this choice is directly derived from the first two variables).
This my new ho scale layout is set during the late summer in 1957. Using a motive power roster formed essentially by steam locomotives and vintage diesel locomotives (early cab-diesel, road switcher and switcher engines), I would like to show the real single track main line (the section between Vance Mill Junction and Redstone Junction) with a freight railyard (storage siding from the rural town of Walker) and many trackside facilities and structures. In this area there were some coal mining companies, as for example the Bute Run Coal & Coke Company present between Walker and Redstone Junction with many little mines and depots. Near Walker there was even a various little scrap yards maintened by PRR and private owners.
The Redstone Branch route (miles from Pittsburgh):
54.4 - Brownsville Junction
54.7 - Linn
55.4 - Braznell
56.7 - Grindstone (Grindstone Branch)
58.5 - Tippecanoe
60.5 - Smock
62.0 - Rothruck
62.8 - Waltersburg
64.2 - Helen
64.4 - Upper Middletown
65.9 - Vance Mill Junction (Vance Mill Branch between Thaw, Walker Yard and intersection with Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and Monon Railroad)
67.3 - Thaw
68.7 - Walker (freight yard)
69.3 - Redstone Junction


PRR Redstone Branch, Brownsville Jct 1953. (Image copyrighted taken fron the web)


PRR Redstone Branch, Brownsville Yard 1920. (Image copyrighted taken fron the web)


PRR Redstone Branch, Allison plant mine 1931. (Image copyrighted taken fron the web)

The layout at glance
Name: PRR Redstone Branch (1957 Pittsburgh Division)
Type: walk-in
Scale: HO (1:87.1)
Size: meters 5,70x1,65
Prototype: Pennsylvania Railroad
Locale south-west Pennsylvania
Era: 1957
Style: walk-in
Minimun radius: 22'' shortline and sidings
Minimun turnout: no.6 (main) no.4 (siding)
Track: Code 83 ATLAS and Walthers-Shinohara (few turnouts of PECO)
DCC Control: Digitrax Super Empire 5 Amp. set

See here below the MODELING LIST of materials, items and articles used in all its projects by ATF:

TRACKS, LAYOUT DETAILS AND ACCESSORIES
ATLAS CODE 83 (tracks)
- TICHY TRAIN GROUP (railyard details)
- JL INNOVATION DESIGN (railyard details and accessories)
- TOMAR (signals)
- DURANGO PRESS (track details)
- DETAILS WEST (track details)
- WALTHERS/SHINOHARA code 83 (tracks)
PECO code 83 (turnouts)
Central Valley (track details)
- MS ACCESSORI FERROVIARI (Track   and road lights, details and accessories) (www)
SCENERY AND STRUCTURES
- WALTHERS CORNERSTONE SERIES (building and accessories)
- BRANCHLINE (buildings)
- AMERICAN MODEL BUILDERS (Structures and accessories)
- AM MODELS (buildings and accessories)
- B.T.S. (structures and details)
- GC LASER (buildings)
- FUNARO CAMERLENGO (buildings)
- SEQUOIA SCALE (details)
- MICRO ENGINEERING (details)
- JL INNOVATION DESIGN (layout details and accessories)
- MODELTECH STUDIO (details)
- KATO USA (figures)
- PRESISER (figures)
- LABELLE INDUSTRIES (figures)
- WOODLAND SCENICS (scenery, figures, vehicles and details)
- BLMA MODELS (details)
- BUILDERS IN SCALE (structures)
- ATHEARN (vehicles)
- JTT SCENERY (scenery)
- BAR MILLS (structures and details)
- WHEEL WORKS (vehicles)
- MICRO ENGINEERING (bridges and accessories)
- BLAIR LINE (structures and details)
- HIGHBALL (ballast)
- OSBORN MODEL (layout details)
- DURANGO PRESS (layout details)
- BUILDERS IN SCALE (layout details)
POWER AND ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES
-   DIGITRAX DCC (digital power supply)
- FLEISCHMANN (electrical supplies)
- VIESSMANN (electrical supplies)
LOCOMOTIVES AND ROLLING STOCK
- BACHMANN SILVER SERIES (freight cars)
- RED CABOOSE (freigth cars)
- ATHEARN (freight cars)
- ROUNDHOUSE TRAINS (freight cars)
- INTERMOUNTAIN (locomotives and freight cars)
- ATLAS (freight cars)
- KADEE (freight cars and parts)
- TANGENT SCALE MODELS (freight cars)
- MANTUA MODELS (freight cars)
- MTH HO TRAINS (locomotives and freight cars)
- ATLAS MASTER SERIES (locomotives)
- ATHEARN GENESIS (locomotives)
- WALTHERS PROTO (locomotives)
- WALTHERS (rolling stock)
- FUNARO CAMERLENGO (rolling stock kits)
- BOWSER (cabooses)
- BOWSER EXECUTIVE LINE (locomotives)
- BOWSER EXECUTIVE LINE RTR & KIT (freight cars)
- BROADWAY LIMITED IMPORTS (locomotives and freight cars)
- FOX VALLEY MODELS (freight cars)
- DETAIL WEST (parts)
- CAL SCALE (loco and rolling stock parts)
- ACCURAIL (freight cars)

The new layout Redstone Branch is under construction. 99% scenery completed (November 2016). The photogallery put on display the layout through many images that shown scenery, structures and railroad equipment. Details are spotlighted and roster are pictured on DCC tracks.
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