This is a web site owned by Peter Vanvliet. Its primary focus is to document the construction of my model railroad, which is based on the Pennsylvania Railroad's "Chartiers" branch as it existed in the summer of 1924. The models are in S-scale (1:64). To learn more about S-scale, be sure to visit the NASG web site.
I make every effort to update this web site each Friday evening, to report on what I have done since the previous Friday. Below is the last month's worth of these quick updates, with the newest entry at the bottom. That way, if you haven't visited in a while, you can start reading from the top.
January 29, 2021: I decided to focus my prototype detailed information, not categorized by towns, but rather by railroad stops along the branch line. Modeling-wise, I applied some light weathering to the tipple building.
February 5, 2021: I officially completed the main building of the coal tipple structure. You can see its latest photos at the bottom of this page. A good bit of prototype information got added to the site as well, this week.
February 12, 2021: I didn't have much time to work on the hobby, but I did get started on building a jig to help me build the trestle structure upon which the coal tipple building rests. I took screen captures of the entire modernday Chartiers branch and captured them on my web site on this page.
February 19, 2021: We were severely impacted by the winterstorm that hit Texas, with being out of power for 22 hours one day and 11 hours the next day. No electricity = no heat, no hot food, no stores open. So, needless to say, trying to survive caused me to not get much done on the layout or this web site other than what I had completed by the time the storm hit. I was able to get started on a jig for building the coal tipple trestle before the storm hit, so you can see photos on this page.
February 26, 2021: I have added the CVP T5000 throttle to my system to be able to fully program my battery-powered decoders in my engines. You can see my initial review of the throttle on this page. As far as this web site's conversion progress is concerned, I have completed my initial round of Chartiers branch prototype content, and I am starting to work on the model pages (see this page). Modeling-wise, I got started with creating the first frame for the coal tipple trestle, but taking it out of the jig turned it into a sub-assembly kit, so I am trying to fix that and to improve the jig.