Welcome to the Penn Central Railroad Industrial Division (Eastern) layout construction project chronical.
My name is Bob. I am building a HO scale layout depicting the Penn Central (PC) Railroad in the northeast from 1968 through 1976. I may as well call the "era" 1976 since I have a couple of freight cars with this build date. The railraod will operate west from Syracuse, NY to Buffalo, NY then continue southwest to Erie, PA and Pittsburgh, PA, terminating east at Latrobe, PA. THere are seveal other stops along the way. The route was chosen so I could move coal, steel, ore, and any other product you can name (people and beer, too!!).
I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, but left the area when I graduated high school. The Penn Central ran through town and I hold close the memory of those black, filthy, grimy locomotives polluting the air as 4-6 unit consists hauled freight through the DeWitt Yard. This is why I chose to model the PC.
I've been planning to build this railroad since I was a teen. I added a 24- by 48-foot addition onto my home to house the railroad. I broke ground on the addition in February 2008. The addition required many months of work to build the ideal layout room. Actual construction of the railroad bench work began in April 2011. Yes, it took 3 years to complete the shell and interior. I will die in this house; however, someone will want this space for another purpose once I have driven my PC into its final demise! Therefore, I built a huge bathroom in the addition so the space can be used for a living environment or whatever the next homeowner invisions. The layout space is actually 35- by 23-feet. The goal is to own a museum quality model railroad built for realistic operations.
Purpose and plan for this chronical:
To share my endeavor with fellow model railroaders who live for the same dream. My goal is to provide photos from groundbreaking through the PC's ultimate demise. I will begin posting photos and summaries as railroad construction and life's down-time permits.
Thanks for reading,