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Former Layout by Peter Vanvliet

Layout Name:

"The PRR Chartiers Branch"

Layout Status:

dismantled

Track Type:

S

Layout Space:

10' x 10'

Layout Style:

Around-the-room, U-shaped

Track Manufacturer:

handlaid

Rail Size:

code 83

Min. Turnout Frog:

#4

Min. Radius:

"ridiculously tight"

Ruling Grade:

0%

Track Height(s):

53"

Mainline Track Length:

40'

Completed:

benchwork: 100%; track: 100%; scenery: 50%

Era:

Summer 1950

Setting:

western Pennsylvania

Railroad(s) Modeled:

PRR

Control System:

Battery-powered (S-CAB)

Videos:

This is a general overview of the layout shortly before it was dismantled. It shows about 75% of the layout.


(copyright © Peter Vanvliet; used by permission)

The small layout served two towns, and it has an s-curve section of track in between them, for good photo opportunities.


(copyright © Peter Vanvliet; used by permission)

The town on the left side, Washington, PA, offered some switching opportunities.


(copyright © Peter Vanvliet; used by permission)

The wood storage shed was scratchbuilt following a design by Gil Freitag's HO-scale model. The building on the right is a B.T.S. "Greeley's Place" kit, which won the popular vote at the 2013 NASG Convention.


(copyright © Peter Vanvliet; used by permission)

To explore the idea of, and to get a feel for, S-scale modeling, this PRR section house was scratchbuilt from plans. It was Peter's first S-scale "anything". The building was repurposed for a small machine shop on this layout. Most of it was constructed during the 4-day power-outage after Hurricane Ike hit.


(copyright © Peter Vanvliet; used by permission)
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