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.
You can read the story of my latest module development in the August 2021 issue of The S Scale Resource magazine.
My currently-active project is to restart the construction of the coal tipple support structure.
I cut and shaped 88 brass angles to be used as anchors for holding the coal tipple support structure to the module's base. I am showing a quick photo on this page.
I was quite busy with work-related stuff, so I didn't get much accomplished. I am in the process of marking off the centers on each of the concrete foundation blocks of the coal tipple, so that I can position the brass angle brackets in their correct position later on.
After doing some soul-searching this past week, I have made the decision that I am just not happy with how the coal tipple support structure came out. The unexpected warping of the styrene was a new experience for me, and has really thrown me for a loop. I know that I will simply not be happy with it if I were to continue. I am going to build another one, but this time I am going to permanently mount each piece to the module. I am also going to be using H-columns instead of two C-channels, thereby speeding up the process and hoping to eliminate one source of the warping. I also made a mistake in the first version, in that it is too long in the back, left corner. The downside of building it in place is that painting will be more difficult, but I'll deal with that when the time comes.
This week I had a creative idea on how to make a stand for my module so that it can be kept away from the cats, while still allowing me full access to the module to work on it.
This week I was able to build the stand for my module. You can read more about it on this page.