Ive never been a modeler. Mostly just a collector. Built a small layout when i was about 10. Not much to talk about but it was fun. Joined a club and bought a bunch of engines and rolling stock when i was about 35. Mostly Reading.
Started watching Youtube thinking maybe I can build something. Told my wife I'm going to build small and portable. She is very supportive. My first plan. A switching layout. 18" x 6'
I wanted a coal distributor and a small oil company. After running trains in my head found out this was to small. Remember my supportive wife? She said go bigger or you won't be happy. So after five expansions I think I'm happy
The line is Reading and Columbia. Mainly Lititz PA. Around 1950. Of coarse it will be as close as I can model. Lititz Springs Park, the train station and Wilbur Chocolate.
The oil and coal companies are my addition to Lititz. Its been fun so far. Learned a lot. Corrected a bunch of mistakes.
Post by The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave on Dec 10, 2019 15:37:10 GMT -5
The Reading and Columbia is my hometown line, having grown up in Ephrata and transplanting to Lititz. As a kid, Lititz was too far to walk but I used to walk and photograph everything along the tracks from Millway to Denver. So if you need photos from which to work, I do have a collection of trackside industries and shanties. By the time I had a camera to use, motive power was Conrail blue.
Downtown Lititz will probably rip up the rails soon as there are no industries that use them. Wilbur Chocolate moved out of town to more modern facilities (but that's been a soap opera from insider's reports). They were the last downtown business to receive bulk shipments. But that will add an extra distance to the rail trail.
And that same line is the focus of the Stiegel Valley RR at which TK and I volunteer and keep things running. But based on the Manheim side of the line.
Can't wait to see what else you add to your layout. And photos of Reading equipment will be a nice addition here.
btw- is that an old Reading system map in the back of the one photo?
The scenery looks good so far! I like the gravel mound around those tanks.
Before you put the grass down it's usually a good idea to paint the styrofoam either brown or dark green. I learned that lesson on an old layout when spots of bare styrofoam and plaster were showing through the grass.