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). This "homepage" will list the past month's changes I have made to this site, with the latest addition at the bottom.
The "Home Page" button brings you back to this page. The "PRR Chartiers Branch" button takes you to pages that contain all the prototype research information I have aggregated so far. "The Layout" button takes you to the pages of my actual, current model railroad. The "Articles" button is where I document topics that aren't directly related to the construction of my current layout (still a work-in-progress). The "My Library" button takes you to pages listing all the books and magazines I have (still a work-in-progress). The "About" button gives you some background on who I am.
My previous layout, which also was sectional, and modeled the same area, is now history. On March 13, 2021 I started a new one, with everything being the same except for how the framework of the modules is constructed. I also took that opportunity to re-create my web site from scratch again (all old content will eventually return).
May 14, 2021
This week's objective was to get back to working on the support structure for the Hazel Mine coal tipple. I had started that before I made the decision to demolish my previous layout and build a new one. I did indeed make some progress on the cross braces for the structure, but I ran out of strip styrene, so now it is a matter of waiting for the order to come in. You can see photos, at the bottom of this page, of what I got done this week.
May 21, 2021
I was able to complete the cross bracing on one of the sub-assemblies of the tipple's support structure with the materials I had on hand. My Evergreen order arrived in the mail this week, so I've already started with the second one. You can see a photo of the first one I completed at the bottom of this page. As part of my continuing effort to bring the old pages back, this week I managed to make some time to bring back the books listing for the "My Library" section of the web site.
May 28, 2021
This week I was able to get the cross bracing of the second sub-assembly of the coal tipple's support structure completed. Not much time for modeling or updating this web site, otherwise.
June 4, 2021
I got a good start on the cross bracing of the third sub-assembly (of 4) of the coal tipple's support structure, but I have almost no time for the hobby right now (this should change in about a week or two).
June 11, 2021
I spent zero time on the hobby this week, due to work and wrapping up a master bathroom remodel. I should be able to return to normal next week.