November 22, 2022

Pennsylvania Railroad HO Scale Transition Era Layout Images

Enjoy this photo gallery of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s HO-scale transition era, much of which is set in the scenic Pennsylvania Mountains.

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Pennsylvania Railroad HO Scale Transition Era Arrangements

A train runs through a downtown scene

Handcrafted structures stand along the mainline of Jimmy Deignan’s HO scale Pennsylvania RR Mid Division. Jimmy and his friends redesigned the 20 year old MR project with wheelchair access and mainline extension. Photograph by Lou Sassi

A train runs through a downtown scene

Lighthouse along a waterfront with train passing over a bridge

Jimmy Deignan added an eastern seaport, called Middleport, at the end of the new peninsula. Here, a switchman takes a gondola in front of Middleport station. The lighthouse is a Crow River Products kit built by Steve Cryan. Photograph by Lou Sassi

Lighthouse along a waterfront with train passing over a bridge

A train going along a town on the water's edge

A SW7 is heading towards Middleport quay with a train loaded with goods. Located on the New Peninsula, this densely populated waterfront scene shows Jimmy Deignan’s penchant for artisanal structures. Photograph by Lou Sassi

A train going along a town on the water's edge

A train passes by a small restaurant on the mountainside

Jimmy Deignan’s many friends played a big role in rebuilding the middle division. Thom Driggers painted and installed the DCC sound in the HO scale Alco RS-3. Doug Foscale provided many structures for the layout, including the Little Lou Cafe. Photograph by Lou Sassi

A train passes by a small restaurant on the mountainside

An AB of Baldwin DR6-4-20 “Sharks” passengers brings eastbound courier and express train to a stop at Willsburgh station built from Tim Garner’s HO Pennsylvania network. Tim has kitted out his Pennsy-class BP-20 Sharks to Resin Trains body shells with mechanisms made from Life-Like parts. Photograph by Lou Sassi

A train waits for a station in the city

A train passes behind a busy vintage restaurant

It’s 1947 and Pennsy’s flagship Broadway Limited crosses Johnsville, PA behind a 4-4-4-4 Class T1 duplex. The T1 is from Broadway Limited Imports, the restaurant was built from a City Classics kit, and the doors are from NJ International. Photograph by Lou Sassi

A train passes behind a busy vintage restaurant

A train pulling a long line of cars traveling along a dense forest

Pennsylvania RR no. 6738, an M1b 4-8-2 class, speeds up along Sinnemahoning Creek. John M. Johnson’s 9′-5 “x 23′-6” HO scale layout models the area around Driftwood, Pa., In the early fall of 1955. Photograph by Paul J. Dolkos

A train pulling a long line of cars traveling along a dense forest

A train passes through industrial sites served by rail

On the low-grade secondary, an NW2 electro-motor division waits with its train for customs clearance. This area includes several industries served by rail. Photograph by Paul J. Dolkos

A train passes through industrial sites served by rail

A steam freight passes over a meandering stream

This long view of the railroad looks east down Sinnemahoning Creek. In the foreground, an eastbound steam freighter pulls up to the secondary as a westbound diesel from Renovo approaches Driftwood. Photograph by Paul J. Dolkos

A steam freight passes over a meandering stream

A train passes under a siding bridge, houses sit in the background

Westbound cargo passes under the siding bridge leading to the # 2 Essex Coal Breaker along the backdrop. The scratch houses in this scene are all based on prototype photos. Photograph by Paul J. Dolkos

A train passes under a siding bridge, houses sit in the background

A small courtyard surrounded by hills covered with dense foliage

The lower grade secondary has a small yard for additional switching opportunities. John likes to add details to a scene, such as the PRR Less-than-carload-lot (LCL) container used for storage next to the yard office. Photograph by Paul J. Dolkos

A small courtyard surrounded by hills covered with dense foliage

Pennsylvania Railroad’s HO scale transitional era layouts are among the grandest and most breathtaking in model railroading. Bridges, viaducts and tunnels combine green panoramas. Brunswick green, Tuscan red, or solid black steam and diesel locomotives weave limited cargo and vehicles through lush canyons, past quarries, shacks and grand hotels.

Trains.com offers model railroaders this gallery of photos from recent issues to inspire and encourage large model making. Assistant editor Sammi DiVito organized them based on Tim Garner’s layout presented in November 2009; The layout of the intermediate division of Jimmy Deignan presented in February 2013; and the John M. Johnson layout featured in November 2019.

Each railroad includes scenes that modelers might find in Pennsylvania in summer and early fall.


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