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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 accurately 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 web site is updated every Friday. A summary of my past month's activities are shown at the bottom of this page.

Most photos contained within this web site can be clicked to view a larger version. All photos on this web site are copyright © Peter Vanvliet, unless otherwise indicated; All Rights Reserved.

The active project, the Hazel coal mine tipple, as of January 6, 2023.

My layout is modular/sectional in nature, currently consisting of one module, with many more planned. The first module's box is now over a year and a half old, and it has stayed rigid over several seasons now. I am happy with its design and its construction, which was 3/16" sheets of Gatorfoam boards.

This first module, shown here on the right, will be a part of a set of modules that are centered around the Hazel coal mine in Canonsburg, PA. The main building is finished, but it is not yet attached. The support structure has been constructed and painted. I am now starting to work on the interior details that are visible through the support structure.

The main building was built around a 1/4" plywood sub-structure to which I glued 485 individually-formed aluminum corrugated sheets. This took me 25 weeks of available modeling time to complete. The support structure consists of a combined total of 1,146 individual pieces of ABS and styrene plastic. The incline in the back consists of another 168 pieces. These two took me a combined total of 30 weeks of available modeling time to complete.

December 30, 2022

This week I completed the covering of my module to prepare for painting its coal tipple support structure. The weather has returned back to normal temperatures for Houston, and I see ranges that are compatible with painting in the garage in the next several days.

January 6, 2023

It was a challenge to get two days of above-50F degree weather, but I was able to paint the coal mine tipple's support structure in the garage this week. You can see how I did that at the bottom of this page.

January 13, 2023

This week I took a diversion from working on the module, to build a PRR passenger shelter kit. I have no immediate use for this model, but I wanted to get the kit (just in case it goes out of production) and have fun building it. I do plan to use the model on a future module. The model is built, but not yet painted.

January 20, 2023

I started to paint the PRR passenger shelter structure I built last week, but I did not have much time to devote to the hobby, so it is not finished yet. I am gradually re-adding a summary set of pages for each of my previous layouts. This week I completed the summary pages for my first S-scale layout (layout #8; for perspective, I am actively building layout #10 now).

January 27, 2023

The PRR passenger shelter kit, a side project, is now finished. Next, will be starting to build the interior parts of the coal mine tipple, as visible through the support structure.