“It’s been about seven months since I last sent an update on my HO layout of the PRR Sunnyside Yards.
I had completed about 95% of the Engine Yard and have been working on the Commissary Yard.
I have added a road coming into the yard, a South End Yard Master Tower, the Commissary building with a small US mail service, Coal Bins for the electro Power Plant, a small electrical station, a road construction scene, the North End Yard Master Tower, a Hobo camp, the north end shanty, a lunch wagon and a maintenance crew repairing a broken guard rail along the road coming into the yard.
It is by no means completed but the major structures for the yard are in. I still have some open areas that I need to fill in and I have to decide what type of ground cover for the commissary yard to put down so that the ground does not look like a painted plywood board like you will see in some of the pictures.
I also have to add some detail to the Con Edison shack by the power plant. But like the engine yard, to which will be adding the train washing machine, I will be tweaking and changing and adding to the commissary yard.
I don’t think you are ever really finished; there are always changes and improvements.
I know I have to work on the ground cover and even out some of the edges of some of the scenes.
Some of the scenes, I did off the layout and then laid them into the layout; but the edges are too obvious.
One thing about taking pictures of your layout, looking at the pictures can highlight some of the flaws and things that you would change or improve on.
But at least finally I am going to get to work on my engines and assembling passenger trains for the passenger yard.
There are six tracks in the passenger yard and tracks 2 thru 6 will be upgraded to have magnetic uncoupling so that I can change engines on the trains.
Since I am running this layout with DC, I will also add blocks on the beginning of each track so I can control the power to the track the way I have done to each of the engine yard tracks. And of course there will be some scenery and trackside details in the passenger yard.
Future work that I have is to finish the ballast of the tracks, replace some switches with under table switch machines, upgrading the two main line tracks with blocks and signals so that I can run multiple trains and bring trains off the main line into the yard.
I also plan to build outside the yard a White Castle Hamburger restaurant. This will be from scratch because I cannot find a kit for it anywhere.
I have taken pictures of the Whit Castle near my home and will build the model from those pictures.
When our crew worked at night we would go to the White Castle on Queens Boulevard on our breaks. I think it is still there.
I am also going to add a road north of the yard that will have a gas station and a Harley Davidson motorcycle shop. Both of these businesses were close to Sunnyside Yards.
Last but not least, deciding on a backdrop. I have pictures of the factories that were along the north side of the yard and I am going to see if I can get them enlarged and mount them behind the layout.
If you go on-line and google pictures of Sunnyside Yards, you will see the buildings and factories.
Now, on to the pictures I have sent along with an explanation of each one.
I must tell you that I found doing the buildings and scenery and the details took me a long time.
It was a very slow process because I tried to get it to look as realistic as possible.
I have seen the work that your Hall of Famers and other modelers have done and always been amazed at how realistic they can create their scenes.
Overview of Commissary Yard looking south
Overview of the Commissary yard looking north with the engine yard on the left
South End Yard Master Tower
Delivering supplies to the Commissary
Staging yard for supplies
Preparing supplies along Track 1
Busy work at the Commissary
Overlooking the Commissary Building
Crew repairing broken guardrail
Loading mail for front end of the passenger trains
Handling the coal for the power plant
Construction on the driveway
Pigeons on roof of power plant
North End Shanty
Lunch at the shanty
Feeding the pigeons at the shanty
North End Yard Master Tower
North End Yard Master Tower
I had to add a picture of the Engine Yard
As always, thanks to Al for posting our work and keeping this site so important and enjoyable. Thank you Al. Keep up the great work. I look forward each morning to see your nest post.
Gary M from Long Island”
A massive thanks to Gary for putting this together – I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
And if you want to see how important making a start is, here’s Gary’s first ever post.
Once you’ve made a start, well, things just roll along then:
Gary’s sixth post. This one’s a humdinger.
Gary’s seventh post – an electrical problem!
What a journey, eh?
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if Gary has inspired you, I suspect you’ll love the Beginner’s Guide.