"The PRR Chartiers Branch" by Peter Vanvliet

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Layout Status:
dismantled
Track:
S
Layout Space:
10' x 10'
Layout Style:
Around-the-room, U-shaped
Track Manufacturer:
handlaid
Rail Size:
code 83
Minimum Turnout Frog:
#4
Minimum Radius:
"ridiculously tight"
Ruling Grade:
0%
Track Height(s):
53"
Total "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)

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.


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


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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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