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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 20:16:54 AST.)

HO SCALE: Penn Central

The owner of this layout had a dormant model railroad in his basement that he started in the early to mid-1990's. He felt the space could be better used, and decided to start over from scratch if he could find a track plan that he liked. The space was quite long at 22½-feet with a 12½-foot height at the widest end, but it also had to share space with a furnace and water heater. His primary railroads of interest were the Erie Lackawanna and Lehigh Valley either in the states of Pennsylvania or New York. For an era, he was envisioning a proto-freelanced HO-scale layout set in the mid-70's before the formation of Conrail with a continuous run option. (Since I only had Penn Central equipment available, I used that for a stand-in) His favorite freight cars are covered hoppers, so he wanted industries to include cement plants, feed mills, grain elevators, but also wanted to include team tracks, scrap yards, fuel/propane dealers, coal/coke yards and a few interchanges.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Theme: Mainline Trains, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, USA (States): New York, USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Penn Central


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