Jul 19, 2020
Seeing AA and CR, moving your era forward?
Not per se, just having fun with different prototypes and eras on the Long Valley Branch.
From time to time the Long Valley Branch also moves South to a sleepy location someplace in Northwestern North Carolina and is served by the Southern Railway during the Penn Central early era.
The biggest problem I have in this hobby is, I cannot pick just one prototype and / or location. That is why I created the Long Valley Branch and tried to make it as generic as possible. That way the Long Valley Branch could be located in numerous locations throughout the USA. Some folks enjoy modeling a specific place and time, I'm not one of those modelers. My passion currently in this hobby is low key switching ops. Sadly, I've yet to find that perfect prototype that serves an interesting assortment of industries in one location that will fit into my small space. Also for personal reasons, my modeling world ends at 1983. All I can say is stay tuned, as you never know when the Long Valley Branch is transported back in time to the mid 50's and the last hurrah for Steam.
Another update and era change. Starting today it's now the Lehigh & Hudson River's chance to operate the Long Valley Branch.
I also want to wish all the Dad's here on the TrainBoard a Happy Fathers Day.
I am very sympathetic to this. I have been trying to make myself nail down a prototype and an era - trying to stick to B&O, and even then I've been expanding the period from the 1950's to very early Chessie.
I just enjoy/find interesting too many different prototypes & era's to ever really seem to satisfy myself. I really like the generic setting you have and the ability to switch things up as you see fit.
OK Now it's the P&LE's turn to operate the Long Valley Branch. Today we see the crew delivering a couple of boxcars to Snyder Box.
I like your approach to the sport. I would like to get a couple of those engines in your last picture. They were used in the small city when I was a kid and now that I'm 71 I've seen one chugging around the yard in Neenah. The only difference seems to be none of them had the yellow hand rails. All were
What model are they?
Thank you for the compliments on the layout. The locomotives in my photo are N scale MP15DC locomotives from Atlas. The P&LE had a roster of 25 MP15DC's along with 40 SW1500's. The SW1500 was recently made in N scale by Micro-Trains.
If you're still modeling in HO scale, Atlas made the MP15DC's and Athearn made the SW1500.
Thanks. I believe those from my younger years were SW11000s or SW1200s. My parents wouldn't let mere near them.
Those I've seen lately seem larger, have two exhausts and and make more noise. They may be SW1500s or MP15DCs. I'ld watch them slinging cars around the switching yard. And I do mean SLING! One at a time at good speed and no brakes or coupling.
For your viewing pleasure, another Long Valley Branch ops video.
Since It's been several months, I figure it's time for another Long Valley Branch update.
It's currently June 1970 and today we find Western Maryland RS-3 number 198 idling away at the Midland Interchange yard, while the Long Valley Branch crew goes over today's paper in the yard office. In short order they will have their short train assembled and be on their way to Long Valley, but for the moment we take a few minutes to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the products of Schenectady idling away in the valley.
Nice looking scene Rich!
The newest addition to the Long Valley Branch Roster is Bessemer & Lake Erie SD7 453 and B&LE caboose 2009.