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Penn Central Stockton Branch
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:22:37 PM »
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I could have sworn I'd already started a thread about this layout, but I can't find it, so I'm pretending this is a new thread. Now, of course, to those who follow my modeling blog, this is nothing new. But I suspect there aren't many who follow my blog, let alone regularly, so here's the story for the rest of the world.

This is actually a tribute of sorts to Greg Mahlkov. The plan is adapted from his Apalachicola Northern; I was originally going to clone it, but as I got into the project, I saw the potential for something new. So while this is still a tribute to Greg, it's really a mostly-new layout.



The Penn Central Stockton Branch is a fictional branchline running through a Northeastern New Jersey urban industrial region I called Stockton (no relation to the beautiful town on the Delaware River above Lambertville). The name is a long story in and of itself.

At any rate, the layout was begun back in October 2014, with the intention of making it a "how to" project, which uses Kato Unitrack, so it could have a broader appeal. Most folks 'round here know my life after 2014 sort of fell apart, so the layout sat in storage until January 2017, when I turned it into a "stop gap" layout until I could start my last permanent home layout, the Reading Central.

By April 2017 I had burned out on the project, and put it back in storage until just last month, when I began working on it again. In the interim, the layout went through a substantial change: originally a 60-70-something setting with a few straggling industries to serve, it's moved into the 90s, with a shift toward acute urban industrial decay, where there's basically nothing left but weedy tracks winding through a wasteland of urban industrial blight.

Which brings us to the present: after spending a week breathing new life into the project, I finally have the confidence to share it with the Railwire community.

So, to bring everyone up to speed, here's where it's at: The plan is still the adaptation of Greg's AN, but set in what looks like a post-holocaust urban industrial nightmare. Where I once refused to apply graffiti to any of my rolling stock, I'm now "embracing" it and applying it to virtually everything.

Here's Gregg's plan faithfully adapted for Unitrack:



After several iterations and many revisions, I've now arrived at this:



The callout images represent how I envision the various areas will appear. This is of course just for guidance; the specifics depend on the work I've done up to this point, which will get "decayed" to various degrees. However, there are some overall points: one, all of the sidings are disused. Seriously. And two, only a small percentage of the structures represent anything not yet abandoned (think present-day Detroit).

All of the structures have been started, and are at various degrees of completion. The first one done, save for graf, was Stock Tower (from whence the layout got its name):



Once I'd completed the shell of one of the tenement buildings (just yesterday), I felt compelled to share the layout, because I saw my vision finally coming together.



Since all of the track will be heavily aged and weedy, I was confident the fact that it's Unitrack won't be a liability as far as achieving a level of realism is concerned, based on the reaction to my Trenton Transportation Company--



At the time of this posting, the layout looks like this:



There is considerably more detail on my blog, and those who would like to explore the project can start here:

http://davidksmith.com/modeling/pcsb.htm

Those who would like to skip to the chase can start here:

http://davidksmith.com/modeling/pcsb-5.htm

I'll post abbreviated updates to this thread so folks can stay abreast of the progress. Thanks for reading.

 
« Last Edit: July 03, 2018, 07:37:35 PM by David K. Smith »
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 07:56:24 PM »
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2018, 08:53:15 PM »
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A good-looking tower...is it a kit ?

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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 11:35:08 PM »
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A good-looking tower...is it a kit ?

Looks like the venerable Atlas tower. One of my favorite buildings.
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2018, 12:17:33 AM »
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2018, 03:16:24 AM »
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Stock Tower was always a favorite of mine since first seeing it on your pages. Often seen, seldom modeled.

Your tenements are outstanding  -  taking what are again often seen models and modifying them into unique works of art.

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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2018, 07:26:05 AM »
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Always a good day when I see another DKS project thread started; looks like a cool layout, and I love the theme
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2018, 10:53:31 AM »
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Thanks, all, for the words of encouragement. Today I made a few revisions to the industrial end of the layout after digging up a photo I took of the remains of the old GM plant in Ewing.



I realized the layout was too crowded, so I removed two structures and downsized a third. Consequently the plan looks like this:



The two structures highlighted in tan will be replaced with concrete slabs. Structure #4 went from this:



to this:



I'm liking this much better. More detailed information is here:

http://davidksmith.com/modeling/pcsb-6.htm
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2018, 02:49:24 PM »
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I love this.

If you need some PC loaner equipment just say the word.

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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2018, 03:08:11 PM »
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If you need some PC loaner equipment just say the word.

Thanks! But since the layout era is 1990s, it would have to be Conrail/former PC/former whatever. So more than loaners I'd need guidance on what might have been on these rails.
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2018, 07:52:43 PM »
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Thanks! But since the layout era is 1990s, it would have to be Conrail/former PC/former whatever. So more than loaners I'd need guidance on what might have been on these rails.

My guess would be GP38-2's, GP15-1's, B23-7, SW1500's, MP15DC's or you might even find one of the odd ones out, like the former Reading SW1001's
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2018, 10:14:24 PM »
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I like it!  But this is DKS' work - what's not to like.   :)
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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2018, 11:35:03 PM »
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But since the layout era is 1990s, it would have to be Conrail/former PC/former whatever. So more than loaners I'd need guidance on what might have been on these rails.
There was this interesting lashup of locos in RF&P, CSX, Seaboard system and Chessie system paint schemes photographed at West Trenton in 1987:
http://www.railpictures.net/photo/548651/

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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2018, 05:16:22 PM »
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Conrail in the 90s?

I got you homie!

Locomotive wise, your BEST bet would be an SW1001. Sadly, those do not exist in N scale. In their absence, I'd say the SW1500 is your go-to. The GP15-1 would be your next option. A few SW1200s were still around but they were getting scarce. Of course the GP38-2 was ubiquitous, but might be too big for what you're doing.

As far as paint schemes go, The Conrail Quality scheme was current in the 90s. There were a few years of an interim "white stripe" scheme that used the regular can opener scheme with a white frame stripe and white number boards in the early 90s. Of course, before that was the regular can opener scheme. In the 90s there would be a mix of all.

SW1500: http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/ConrailEquipment/Locomotives/EMD/SW1500
GP15-1: http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/ConrailEquipment/Locomotives/EMD/GP15-1
And just to tease you, the 1001: http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/ConrailEquipment/Locomotives/EMD/SW1001

Here are some good examples:
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-1623-at-Lancaster-PA-112297
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-1624-at-Lancaster-PA-112297
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-1622-at-Lancaster-PA-112297-0
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-1621-at-Edgemoor-DE-112897
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-1600-GP15-1
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-9505-at-Erie-PA
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-9555-at-Buffalo-NY-1
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-9558-at-Chester-PA-1498
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-9611-Midvale-Phila-PA-5-31-97
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-9611-at-Philadelphia-PA-53197
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-9402-at-Stoney-Creek-PA-594
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-9415-at-Philadelphia-PA
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-8970-SW9-at-McKees-Rocks-PA
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-8970-at-McKees-Rocks-PA

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Re: Penn Central Stockton Branch
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2018, 05:29:33 PM »
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Ok, freight cars... what a topic.

What industries do you have?

As far as cabooses, as my friend Rudy reminds me all the time, they were gone from mainline trains in 1984. However, there were a few survivors on branch line runs.

The N5s were generally gone so the Bowser cars are out.

The upcoming Bluford Shops bay window is a good Conrail car, even for the 90s.
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-21260-Class-N21-2
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-21276-at-Bryan-OH-0
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-21292-Class-N21-3
http://www.bluford-shops.com/bluford_93_043.htm

The Atlas wide visions were still around (some even wearing the Quality scheme )
http://www.trovestar.com/generic/zoom.php?id=122020

Your real winner though would likely be the Bluford transfer caboose. It's not perfect. In fact, it's an outright foob. It's the most appropriate car thematically for your layout though.


Beware of this car though:
http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Images/CR-21303
It's a POST Conrail car owned by CSAO and painted red (I guess like NS cars).