My layout has changed. It is now a freelance prototype layout named Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Joppa Railway or PB&J. Locally know as the peanut butter and jelly line. In Baltimore is shares the PRR NE mainline in and out of Penn Station. It is based in the 1950s. The PB&J is coal hauling railroad running early diesels and some traction. The Baltimore Transit Co. is also modeled. The layout is 30 by 60 foot. The control system is NCE DCC. The signaling system is CTC using CMRI.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Update to lift bridge and a brief history of the layout and future projects.
After giving it more thought I think a vertical lift bridge might be easier to build and easier to be sure in lines up with the tracks on each in. Below is an example of a vertical lift bridge.
HISTORY OF JAY’S O
FROM THE SOUTH SHORE
LINE TO THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY LINE
began in 2000 as the Chicago, South Shore, and South Bend Railroad, an electric
railroad between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana hauling passengers and
freight.After Jim Withrow and I had
built the structure and most of the track was in and before any scenery, I
wanted to include some variety of scenery including a mountainous area at the
area now known as Warren’s Gap.At
this point Warren Hart got involved and Sceniced the gap and began building
scenery basically characteristic of the Western Maryland Railway.To retain my interest in traction and
overhead I modified the track layout to represent the Pennsy and Baltimore and
Penn Station.In 2016 Fred Johnson,
Will Snyder, and Vance Valenzo
started working on the
layout.After some years Warren and I
have differences of opinion in the scenery and the direction the layout was
going, and we parted company in 2017.In
an effort to move forward I decided that a fictional prototype layout would
serve our purposes better and provide more freedom in direction.With the advice of the crew and Julie the
Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Joppa Railway was created.The modeled portion runs from a coal field in
Pennsylvania into Baltimore and to Joppa, Maryland.The era is the late 1950s and the PB&J runs
diesels and electrics.Also, a portion
of the Baltimore Transit Company is also represented. Two steam engines are
used.One a switcher and hold over from
the company’s steam and the WMRY engine which will run occasional rail fan
trips pulling older varnish passenger cars.The CTC and CMRI was started shortly after construction started on the
layout in 2000.It has been adapted for
the PB&J and currently is used in the ABS signaling mode and, in the
future, will be used by a dispatcher in CTC mode to run operating sessions.
FUTURE AND UNFINISHED PROJECTS
projects include the construction of a lift bridge for the PRR to use
to help create the high volume of traffic typical of Penn Station in
Baltimore.It will cross the aisle at
the bottom of the steps at the end of the coal mine area.
mine will have the ability to actually load hoppers with some type of material
to simulate coal.
of the theater in Baltimore with seats, people, sets, lighting, and etc.
of the concourse, platforms, and train shed for Penn Station
harbor and construction of the SS District of Columbia, a ship the ran from
Baltimore to Norfolk, VA in our era.And
a number of other small craft that were typical in the Chesapeake in the 1950s.
of a small amusement park between Fulton Junction and the “Green” bridge.
hydroelectric plant at the dam on the river at the long retaining wall on the
PB&J is in the planning stage.
sound and some animation at various points on the layout including a thunder
storm in the area of the retaining wall.
of CFLs with dimmable LEDs so we can transition from day to night and back to
am starting to use 3D printing and shortly will have a laser cutter.Also want to learn brass etching for various
details I need.I also make a lot of
castings to build structures including many castings that make up Penn