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)
- 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 (2018, January). 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.