PRR Chartiers Branch: Hazel Mine - Introduction
Current Objective
My objective with this modular diorama is to build a true-to-scale replica of the Hazel Mine found in southeastern Canonsburg, Pennsylvania as it was in the summer of 1950.

Overall Objective
In general, my plan is to build a number of these dioramas, and eventually have enough space to connect them together to form a more complete, traditional model railroad layout.
PRR Chartiers Branch
This is my second effort at attempting to model a portion of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Chartiers Branch in S-scale. This time around the modeling efforts will all be true-to-scale, and true to the prototype. This is something I have always wanted to do, but, until now, couldn't figure out how to do that.

April 23, 2017

The photo shown below was taken in April 2017 of the first serious attempt at building the diorama using foam board for the sub-roadbed material, supported by a plywood frame. As we went from summer to winter in late 2016, I noticed the rails of one module going up by as much as 3/8 of an inch as compared to the other module (only two modules had track on them). I had previously also noticed that one section of track was rising over time (this was while I was still ballasting and laying rail). I want these modules to be permanent, so these types of unexpected behaviors are not acceptable, so my rebuild of the modules, which is documented in the rest of the pages in this section of my web site, is done according to the last successful layout I had built.