There’s been a lot of traffic on the Railwire lately about modeling Penn Central. The vast majority of my Penn Central equipment exists to represent ex-PC Conrail equipment circa 1980, but the Kato PC passenger set was a purely PC-era item I couldn’t resist. I’ve since been adding to the collection of pure PC stuff, including locomotives, and recently a cabin car. Inspired by the recent surge in PC modeling by friends and peers, I decided to cobble together some stuff that was close to era-appropriate for 1971 (barring the late 70s COTS and wheel inspection dots on some of the cars appropriate for my 1980 era) and make a movie. One snafu was that when I re-painted the road surface, I bumped the US 522 sign and turned it 90 degrees… something I didn’t notice until the movie was done.
Although Amtrak is already a few months old, the first train is a purely Penn Central westbound passenger consist pulled by an ex-PRR E8 with a B60b baggage car still wearing its Pennsy paint. Later, a lone PC GP7 with the Lewistown local rolls eastward from Huntingdon.
Eastern Seaboard Models produces some of the best N scale equipment on the market with exacting fidelity to Eastern US prototypes… And at least for the moment, the header image for ESM’s Facebook page was taken by yours truly on the girder bridge over US 522.
Eastern Seaboard Models To produce N scale models based on prototypes of railroads and companies affiliated in some fashion with the eastern states and provinces of North America.
Lee Weldon's Photos Yes, they are no longer a dream. The much bally-hooed Laurel Valley stone hoppers are due in shortly. The Laurel Valley Railway is my free-lance short line that operates in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, between Latrobe and Somerset, Pa. Numerous coal mines and quarries are served along the route, with connections with the Penn Central at Latrobe, and the B&O and Western Maryland at Rockwood Jct. via the B&O Johnstown Branch. These cars would have been in service between the quarries south of Ligonier and the steel mills of Pittsburgh, carrying fluxing limestone to the blast furnaces there. Available in packs of 1, 2 or 3 cars. Contact me directly for ordering information.