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Wordless Wednesday #80

Bradley-Hahn Collection, RRMPA

Bradley-Hahn Collection, RRMPA

Talky Tuesday #51

A group of section hands with their speeder took a break and paused for the camera in last week’s “WW #79”.

I am unsure of the location. I believe the man in the center of the photo with his foot on the speeder is named Lyal Bond and the man to the left may be Ed Miller. (See “WW #53” ) I do not know the identities of the other two fellows.

Wordless Wednesday #79

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #50

S&NY #115 leaves Marsh Hill yard heading south to Newberry in last week’s “WW #78” . Behind us is the S&NY Marsh Hill station, the PRR Elmira Branch, and the junction of the S&NY and the PPR.

Wheelerville Creamery Pt. 2

Here are a couple of updated photos of the current progress on the Wheelerville creamery, here shown temporarily in place on the layout.

I mounted it on a 1/8″ Masonite base after putting on a little groundcover. The Masonite is a little “warpy” and I may use styrene or gatorboard for structure bases in the future.

Still have to add a few details, like milk cans on the loading dock, then permanently place on the layout. Also will have to make a small dirt ramp or something similar up to the boilerhouse door.


Creamery-1 Creamery-2

Wordless Wednesday #78

Joe Boyd photo - Author's Collection

Joe Boyd photo – Author’s Collection

Talky Tuesday #49

I used another “trainless” view along the S&NY RoW for last week’s “WW #77” for a couple of reasons.

First, I already had it scanned and ready to go!

Mainly though, even though no trains are in the shot, it is still valuable for the historian and modeler of the era.

Despite being a backwoods shortline in the depths of the Depression, the track is still well-maintained. The ties are aligned, there are no dips or jogs in the track at the rail joints, and the roadbed is generally free of weeds. I remember MUCH worse track on supposed Class 1 “mainlines” during the Penn Central and Conrail era.

What I presume is the branch to Ralston climbs and curves off to the right. This track is less maintained, but was probably only in use a couple of times a week by 1942. The branch line does give us an idea of the grades the S&NY had to contend with, being built originally as a logging railroad.

Lastly, the mountains of the Pleasant Stream and Lycoming Creek valleys loom in the hazy distance. This appearance needs to be kept in mind when painting the backdrop for the model S&NY.

Wordless Wednesday #77

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #48

Last weeks’ “WW #76” gives us a calming late winter / early spring view of a typical Eastern Pennsylvania mountain stream, possibly Schrader Creek. If we could return to this location in the present day, I doubt the view would be much changed beyond a few taller trees. One can almost hear the muted roar of the shallow falls in the foreground, but don’t fall in! Even in summer the water is cold enough to curl your toes, shall we say…

Wordless Wednesday #76

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics