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« on: Jul 26th, 2010, 1:39am »
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This will be the home of updates and information on the Penn York modules, now based in Macon, GA. These mods have a storied history, from their inception in 1975 as an effort between a group of western New Yorkers and northwest Pennsylvanians, travelling to many train shows between Cleveland, Buffalo, and Titusville, PA. The group eventually stored the modules, and were donated to a railroad themed scout group in western New York. After enjoying some success, and hosting several open houses to showcase the layout, the group was disbanded. The modules have since moved to Georgia in an attempt to breathe new life into restoring and expanding the layout. It is anticipated that in short order, they will once again travel to shows so that they may be enjoyed by the public, as they were meant to be.  
 
As for operations, the original setup was a triple track mainline on an approximately 144 ft. oval loop. One entire length was a 12 track yard, the other length industrial switching, featuring a massive steel mill. The triple track mainlines were independent of each other, so there were no crossovers to get from each main to the next, not even in the yard. This was so DCC/Dynatrol/DC power could all be used, each on seperate tracks. At that time, DCC was fairly new and most members hadn't converted. This allowed everyone to run their equipment. One of the most popular trains run during shows was a 127 car Bessemer ore train. Two 60 car trains and a passenger train were regularly run on one mainline simultaneously.  
 
Since aquiring the mods, the agenda is to display them for the public as often as possible, and also to try to keep the trackplan as close to the original as possible. There have been some key improvements, and more are in progress. In an attempt to make the yard more functional, the entire layout has been converted to DCC, and crossovers at the yard throats have made it possible to get to all three mainlines. Track alignment and surfacing is the current task at hand, as some module edges were bumped on the long trip south. 30 feet of modules for a branchline have also been constructed, and many more are in the planning stages. The tentative plan is for two branchlines to come off the loop, one for a coal mine, the second for a harbor. When complete, this will allow for operators to run through trains around the loop, switch the yard, harbor, or steel mill, or run local transfers. No structures were donated with the modules (as the gentleman who donated them used the buildings on his home layout), so new steel mill buildings, yard structures, Hulett unloaders, bridge crane, and other industrial structures have been purchased.  
 
The following is a broad view of the current state of the modules.  


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« Reply #1 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 1:45am »
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The industrial length of the layout.

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 1:50am »
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Some of the alignment deviations incurred during transport. By the week's end these should be corrected, then it's time for surfacing to secure the roadbed.

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 8:43pm »
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5 interlockings where the original plan for a branchline was to run, in the foreground. It was decided that rather than have a branchline originate here (roughly one third up the length of the loop), they will be run off the corners. The track will probably remain in place here to model an abandoned interlocking for the time being. The steel mill resides on the three wide modules.

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« Reply #4 on: Jul 26th, 2010, 9:18pm »
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Most of the modules do not have drop-in pieces at the mod ends, the rails are soldered to screws for a more seamless transition. It saves considerable time at set-up, especially with a 52 ft long 12 track yard.  Several joints were damaged in transit; for future transport we are considering several options for guarding the mod ends from this.

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« Reply #5 on: Jul 28th, 2010, 3:14pm »
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Lfire83:
 
Talk about a lot of work!  I hope it works out well for all of you!
 
I was given an HO layout from an estate several years ago-and have been slowly working to bring it back to life.  The layout had some of the same moving problems that you guys had, but since I had slightly more space available, I was able to reconfigure it and expand it somewhat.  I can relate on a much smaller scale to what you are trying to do.
 
I like the idea of modeling abandoned trackage.  It provides a reason for doing something different and also reflects the reality of railroading.
 
 
Keep at it at and update this once in a while-thanks for saving it.
 
Alan
 


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« Reply #6 on: Jul 28th, 2010, 9:49pm »
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photoman475, thanks for the kind words. Those of us involved truly appreciate the support. We have several other members of the Central Georgia Model Railroad Club involved in getting it back online, it's coming together quite well.
 
Some more shots from yesterday,
 
Track replacement on the #2 main.  I intended to re-align the main to remove a slight s curve, tore the track up, re-laid it on a new profile, then the realization hit me. The design was set up so that the steel mill modules could be removed for setting up in a smaller space, with the modules on either side lining up. Re-aligning the track would mean re-configuring the ends of four modules that are already soldered and ballasted. Nothing like frittering time away meaninglessly.


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« Reply #7 on: Jul 28th, 2010, 10:18pm »
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The yard throat as it was revised several years ago. The yard had little function for switching, as the only way to drill the yard was to foul the mainline. We have decided on a small revision to the yard which will vastly improve yard capabilities. More on that soon.

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« Reply #8 on: Jul 31st, 2010, 5:35pm »
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A view from the other end of the steel mill length. Tracks 2 and 3 have been aligned and soldered, although there have been some revisions to the yard throats that still need to be completed. Then track 1, which has the most spurs and additional joints, will be aligned.

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 31st, 2010, 8:15pm »
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The proposed branchlines, with the corners being interchangable to suit various set up restrictions at show venues

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« Reply #10 on: Aug 8th, 2010, 8:13pm »
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Mainlines are aligned, yard revisions are underway. 3 tracks have been split in the middle for efficient switching, the rest will remain through tracks.  

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« Reply #11 on: Aug 8th, 2010, 8:22pm »
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A veteran bridge builder and fellow CGMRC club member touches up one of the bridges

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More work completed in the past week includes re-configuration of one end of the yard to the new track plan, which took the majority of a day to remove the old ballast, grind the roadbed smooth, lay new track, and solder; pictures will be up soon.  
 
New equipment for the East Allegheny & Northern Railroad (operating railroad for the coal mine branch) is an ex-B&O GP35, 10 Hart Ballast Hoppers of ex-DRG&W and C&NW heritage, and 2 100 ton hoppers. The Atlanta train show was a blast, and had several great vendors, one of whom donated some equipment to our module group (Thanks, "Shave")! Hope to do business with you again, we appreciate the support!
 
(edit 1/18/11: the mine branch will be "operated" by the B&P, to offset the cost and time of making new decals for a fictitious road name and to utilize equipment already owned.)


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After spending the majority of the day grinding away ballast, re-laying track, and soldering, we now have what should be a much more efficient setup for classification switching.  
 
SDG - Siding Tracks, extending the full length of the yard for "through freights" that do not need to be classified. Intermodal, unit coal, and trains awaiting a crew can utilize these two approximately 50' long tracks without interfering with yard operations.
 
ICT - Inbound Classification Track. This setup is the primary reason for re-arranging the yard. Road trains can pull in, set out their train, and pick up their next train in the middle of the yard without ever fouling the main.  
 
Pulldown - Dedicated track for classification switching, isolated from the mainline. The yard power can block cars all day without having to deal with a mainline move, which is prototypical in almost every large yard.
 
Engine Facility - Likely just a two stall servicing bay, with a jack track for performing repairs outside, and fuel pad on the lead.  
 
YD RN - Yard Runner.
 
Shop Lead - Runaround track for yard power, with a cabin track at the middle of the yard.  
 
The kinks at the far end of the mod are temporary to align with the current corner module. The next project after completing the other side of the yard (which will be a mirror image of this module) will be to upgrade the corners. Presently, the corners do not sit flush with the straight sections. In addition to aligning them, we plan to make them lighter and more stable.


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Here is the original file of the yard revisions.
 
Current plans are to have a "terminal railroad" to operate the yard, with homage to the original group, it will be the Penn York Railroad. A small fleet of motive power and equipment is up for repainting and lettering in the near future.  
 
The coal loader branchline will be run as the B&P Railroad. Prototypical operation, combined with the capability of having purposeful interchanging railroads is one of the few potentials of these mods.
 
Technically the module is operational now, but we have many more improvements in line to keep us busy!


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« Reply #15 on: Aug 26th, 2010, 8:53pm »
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One of the scenery modules.

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« Reply #16 on: Sep 5th, 2010, 6:30pm »
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One of the bridges after a rehabilitation and repaint. Other projects underway include re-laying a switch on the yard ladder shown two posts above, and the reconstruction of the other end of the yard.

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Triple track truss bridge in the paintshop after a structural rehab courtesy of one of the fine gents of the CGMRC.

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Inside the bridge. Future plans for wiring include running the track bus and loconet through tubing underneath the deck, out of sight.

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In - progress shot of re-laying the yard ladder. This end has some revisions which will soon be added to the other end which was completed weeks ago. Other projects include construction of a bascule bridge which can be raised to walk through instead of ducking under the mods, and new corners which will have turnouts for the branchline mods. Two of the current corners are quite unstable, and replacements are sorely needed.  
 
With the large radius curves, there is an abundance of space on the inside of the curves. Most modelers focus only on railroad related structures, we are trying to have some selectively compressed town scenes as we have space. One side will have a "central P.A.-esque" town scene, and the opposite side will be a boy scout camp.


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