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Are there any "Freelancers" in the house?

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Posted by NYBW-John on Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:22 AM

I was inspired by an RMC B&W photo of the station in Troy, NY. I don't know why but I thought it had a lot of character. Previously, I had been a UP modeler and that was a fictionalized branch as well. I was getting ready to move and was going to start over anyway but I decided the next layout would be of an eastern railroad in the New York area. Researching the various railroads, I couldn't find any that incorporated all the features I wanted so I created my own railroad which is a composite of some of the railroads that terminated on the west bank of the Hudson across from New York City, principally the NYO&W and the DL&W. The result was the New York, Binghamton, and Western Railroad. My route map looks very much like a merger of those two roads. Originally I conceived it as an independent Class 1 ala the NYO&W but so much great NYC and Pennsy equipment came on the market as I was starting construction that I changed the concept to a subsidiary railroad jointly owned by those two rivals. Both parents have trackage rights over portions of the road. This gives me an excuse to run equipment from both roads but I also have a fleet of NYB&W locos. It is set in 1956 which is close to the time the two giants began having merger talks. The modeled portion is the corridor across northern New Jersey into southern New York. All the modeled towns are fictional but the staging yards represent real locations. I enjoy freelancing because I am not restricted by what a prototype did.  I try to follow prototypical practices to give plausibility to my layout rather than adopting an anything goes philosophy. To me the goal is to create a world that could have been real. 

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Posted by Little Timmy on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:22 PM

We can't let this thread die......

We MUST HAVE more backstorie's !

The Demon's Hollow doesn't really follow any "prototypical practice's ".... 

Heck,    We barely follow "Safety practice's "!

Our Motto      " If it's got paint on it, it's not one of our's"

Rust...... It's a good thing !

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Posted by NWP SWP on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:00 PM

Ok, my original railroad was the Cascade Northern Railroad which was to be a Class I operating though the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, I decided that Cascade Northern sounded more like a Class II than Class I, now I'm on the NWP-SWP railroad, the CNRR still exists as a regional Class II railroad on the NWP-SWP system...


Crooner, Imagineer, High School Senior, living with Aspergers, and President of the NWP-SWP System.

Modeling the combined lines of the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Northern Pacific after a fictional Depression Era merger forming the SouthWestern Pacific and NorthWestern Pacific Railroads. SP, WP, and NP operations remain independent but also operate alongside NWP and SWP equipment.

Hook'em Longhorns! 

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:23 AM

We can't let this thread die......

We MUST HAVE more backstories !


Well, OK, here are some for you:  there is the Woodbine Electric Railroad that provides one of the interurban/commuter services running into the city of Lewellen, Pennsylvania (it's right about where Sunbury is in the muggle world) - highly streamlined 110mph monocoque pendulum cars allowing comfortable traversal of a winding initial ROW at high speed, with the stations designed by the famous Swiss-born architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris after the general style of the Villa Stein at Garches.  Part of the interest is that this route shared part of its trackage with the Lewellen Northern low-compensated-grade bypass to the north and east of the high-level bridge, and the stations had their waiting rooms on the 'second level' to avoid some of the terror of the 70"-drivered double-Garratts on 'black streak' coal trains running there.  This also saw some of the LN7 compensated-de-Glehn 4-8-4s with their interesting clockwork-driven poppet-valve system driven by electricity to give precise valve events at very high speed (and full circulation LaMont waterwall fireboxes at 450 nominal psi, so there was plenty of pressure for very high speed).

Of course, part of the problem with plausible nonsense is that you have to have the willing suspension of belief sometimes in order to believe it.  And to have a high-speed route east of this point is one thing; the Lackawanna showed the way  with the construction of the Cutoff -- but to have it to the West ... well, I thought at the time I was planning this stuff that Vanderbilt's South Penn was a marvel of 1880s sophisticated subgrade construction, with full tunnels giving high speed all the way out to near Pittsburgh.  Come to find the actual 'southern' route was full of all kinds of twists, turns, and silly grades, even with all the tunnels, and no amount of careful imagineering could find a route even with Pennsylvania Turnpike-level money that would have been effective competition for the PRR New Main Line 'coming' after the 1920s (and for which the high-speed electrics, the duplexes, and the mechanical turbines were designed -- one feature, by no means the greatest, being a 9400-odd foot tunnel under the Horse Shoe area made possible by the full electrification from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh) ... see what I mean about plausible?

I'll stop here, except to note it shouldn't surprise anyone that to run this stuff I had a lot of HO gauge track on viaduct outside...

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Posted by KB5JCX on Sunday, February 18, 2018 12:21 PM

You have truly inspired me!  I was born in Uniontown, PA but lived in Point Marion.  I used to swing in my swing and watch the sun go down and watch the smoke pour from the stacks as more coal cars traveled through enroute to the electric plant (dual coal and water), and another leave across the Monongahela River.  The coal town eventually shrivelled and the Houze Glass Works finally closed leaving the town to survive on its own.  My family left the town with fond memories and since I am now retired in Texas, I yearn to return to those days.  If I were "King" of Point Marion, I would have built several businesses unique to the rail days (Most of the track is gone.).  I purchased many cars, engines, and much track when I worked for the City and County of Denton, but had to store them when I started teaching.  Now I am retired and out come the boxes!  I am making a semi-prototypical Point Marion using ariel photos from the internet and data from a few trips through lately and using some of the businesses that I remember including my dad's TV/appliance sales and service store he had near the rail yard.  The layout will be more of "bits and pieces" capturing the flavor of the town from a combination of memories, photos, and wishes of an "older" child.  It is being built on side-ways parallel 4'x8' tables connected by sections of 4'x2' and 2'x1' connecting sections leaving a hole of about three by three in the center.  The stored cars, locos and dismembered structures survived the storage but for a box of engines left somewhere.  Oh well, at least most were saved.  I will try to include photos as the town progresses through its "evolution."  I am sure I will need some help as I encounter problems.  Proper trackwork is paramount and this will be my third layout, but the first in 25 years.  Wish the Pennsy luck.

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