Andy’s Pennsylvania Railroad

Got this in from Andy which I liked:

“Hi, my name is Andy, and this is my train layout.

I really love the Pennsylvania Railroad and it’s history and own a few books on it. I am also into CSX AND CONRAIL. My model railroad is based on an imaginary town named Brookfield, a Small Town in Northwestern, New Jersey, where the mainline travels through.

The Trains that run through are Amtrak, New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, Reading, Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, CNJ, CSX, Conrail, Santa Fe, Burlington, and even the occasional Atlantic Coastline or Burlington Northern and from time to time, just about anything can go through there, depending on trackage rights, giving me the freedom to run any road I want! My hobbies are Model Railroading, Chasing Trains and photographing and video taping them for my personal collection. I also enjoy collecting CD’s, DVD’s, Die Cast Cars, Model Trains, Magazines, Listening to music, Playing with my computer, Going to concerts, Cats, Taking walks, and Looking at the night sky.

I was born and grew up in Vineland, New Jersey, where my father took me for long walks on my uncle’s farm on Wheat Road in same town, and we watched the last of the steam engines rolling down the tracks on the central railroad. Perhaps this has had a lot to do with me being into trains as I am. I also watched the diesels travel through Vineland, that would be Central Railroad of New Jersey, Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, Conrail, Winchester and Western, and for the remainder of my growing from childhood to adulthood and had my first model railroad layout at the age of 13. Nowadays it’s CSX, NS and Winchester and Western. I gave it up when I was 18 and got onto other things, only to return to the hobby at the age of 37, when I got bit once again by the bug after purchasing a G Scale Christmas train for under my Christmas tree.


“One VERY good tip 4 you is

if you are making a coal collery or a crane and you want something to represent some proper steel rope then go to you local fishing shop and buy some 20ld breaking strain Pike leader it costs £4.99 for 50M and is very flexable and mill mold into any shape.


“I wouldnt say its a best in tricks Al.
What I’ve been doing lately is molding my diotown pieces.{mainly the sidewalks } from the roadplates. I’ve purchased mold making urathane from taps plastics here in the states and then cans of resin .Then adding the new sidewalks to 1/8 inch acrylic and paint I’ve allmost duplicated the expensive stuff. Every 24 hours I’ve saved my self $$$$$ and added pieces to the layout. I do have intentions of molding anything and everything I can.
Its not stealing unless I’m reselling the pieces right?
Cheers from Califonia .


And lastly, the latest installment from the talented Dave:

Very latest ‘ebay cheat sheet’ is here.

Keep ’em coming.



23 Responses to Andy’s Pennsylvania Railroad

  1. Great detail on all aspects of your railroad…..Good job !!!!

  2. Very good job you have done with the layout Andy

  3. Hi Dave and Andy:

    You guys are examples of great assets to our hobby and we appreciate all the talent and tips you share with viewers like me. I’m a Lionel O gauger but many of the scenery and how to’s from HO/N are transferrable. So thanks for taking the time to share your exerience and knowledge; but why do you folks drive on the wrong side of the road! My funny from the Colonies and keep on chugging.
    Rodney, named for the HMS in WW2.

  4. I see several Santa Fe locos, an Amtrak and a CSX, the information email that brought me here was in reference to the Pennsy (my favorite Rail Road). What happened? It is a nice layout though.

  5. Once again, a magnificent lay-out. Dave has given us many hours watching him build his lay-out, his short cuts, his style of fixing things will be missed if as he says “His finished lay-out” will not be seen here on these pages. I don’t wish any harm to your lay-out, but if any thing does happen, be sure to continue letting us watch you. Thanks again, David B.

  6. Thank you both. It is all amazing. You have set the bar very high. But we can all pause while we learn from you and enjoy your work.


  7. As far as Andy’s layout goes, it appears to be quite fantastic. Detail also appears to be superb. I would like to see one overall photo of the entire layout. Dave’s layout is as always fantastic. Dave’s video skills are also getting very good. I really enjoyed watching the video. It’s also very enjoyable to watch in full screen. Excellent work guy’s!!

  8. Hi Dave – the finished layout looks great! Enjoyed the running tour.

  9. Yo Andy!! I live in Media Pennsylvania and I grew up watching steamers and progressionof ddiesels. Good job. I would like to see it in person. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Dave,
    You REALLY are the best!

  11. Andy Dave Al

    Thanks for all you have shared with us Truly aaaaaamazing!
    Dave thanks for all your sharing. just remember: a model railroad is never done. Keep posting.

    Great layout Andy!!


    Tom T.

  12. A HUGE thanks to Dave and all the others who share their great ideas and layouts with us. It gives us all great inspiration and challenges to follow. And an even BIGGER thanks to Al, who must dedicate such a huge amount of his time bringing this all to us! By the way Al, do you have a layout? Or is all of your time taken up with this marvelous site?
    Much regards from a basic newbie from ‘down under’.


  14. Hello Dave
    Loved your vid on your layout you allways have to end on a sence of humour which i like indeed well done mate i wish my layout was as good

  15. Andy
    your layout is very authentic to the style loved the content and would like to see a Vid if you make one Well done mate

  16. I whole-heartedly agree w/ Mr. Lewis…Such an endeavor as this is a real credit to all in the hobby and if I had a pint I toast to you…Would like to contact you about some questions I have but wouldn’t want to bother you in the least…Great video…would love to see more

  17. Thanks all for your comments ..Dave

  18. Dave, I am sick with envy.

  19. A tip of the hat! Made my day, thanks.

  20. Well done guys, great layouts! I am a beginer in the hobby and these tips and pics are really helpfull to get started, Dave’s right about the weather, great excuse to stay in and get some modeling done,
    thanks for the tips and happy modeling!

  21. Very well done Dave, you can really enjoy that layout, the detail is fantastic, t’s just great,

  22. Great layout Andy, Thanks for sharing the pics.
    Thankyou also Dave for the running session. It was great to see full length trains going around a layout.
    Now ‘Complete’ and ‘Train Layout’ are not two words that are used in the same sentence very often. I suspect there are a few like me on the sideline who would like to see you extend the loft and add another mile of track.
    Either way its a layout that never gets old.
    Thanks again,

  23. Hey guys, thanks so much for all the compliments! I am sorry I didn’t include any photos of Pennsylvania trains yet. I thought of that later on. Anyhow, I just sent out 4 videos of my layout with Pennsy trains running on it! I hope you will all enjoy them!

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