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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).

On March 13, 2021 I started a new layout after dismantling my previous one. Everything is the same as before, except for how the framework of the modules is constructed.

'Ummm, guys, that is not what I intended the layout to be used for!'

Recent Updates

July 2, 2021

I completed the third sub-assembly of the coal tipple's support structure and got started on the fourth (and final) one.

July 9, 2021

I completed the fourth sub-assembly of the coal tipple's support structure this week. A photo of the sub-assemblies can be seen at the bottom of this page. There are some diagonal braces that the prototype building had in the open sections of the support structure, so those are the ones I am forming and installing now (a total of 48 pieces!).

July 16, 2021

The web site's Site Map returns and is available via the new "Site Map" button. I also brought back the articles related to the various rolling stock that no longer fit the era I model (see this page). I completed the construction and installation of the corner braces in the open areas of the coal tipple support sub-assemblies (see the bottom of this page).

July 23, 2021

I brought back my various gauges pages (see this page). Modeling-wise, I got started on connecting the four sub-assemblies of the coal tipple's support structure.

July 30, 2021

I brought back my hand-laying track article (see this page). The coal mine tipple's support structure is coming together nicely (see new photos at the bottom of this page).