MODEL TRAIN YARD
Andy’s P&S 1776 is coming along great, update on 11/23/21!
Since I live in Orlando, FL many train buffs are well aware of CSX’s former Tropicana Orange Juice unit trains, a very popular and favorite of many. Sadly, like so many favorite things today it isn’t the same, years ago I decided to run my own special P&S OJ train. Below is a real one. Note in the model (above) the blue boxcar. The orange cars were all refrigerated, the blue CSX cars were insulated and hauled other Tropicana products not requiring refrigerating.
To go with the above model “Juice Train,” here’s a real one from the 1990’s, here in the Orlando area we used to occasionally get “reroutes” from the other CSX line west of here, this one was empty cars returning to Bradenton, FL’s Tropicana plant.
We recently heard from Andy Brouse in Central PA who is building a 1/6th scale P&S SW9 1776, above is the unit in beginning stages. Below are photos of Andy’s progress with primer and the control stand.
Thanks Andy, keep us updated!
Here’s my latest modeling effort with a lash-up I’ve never seen a photo of, a real P&S train with GP7 357 and either GP7 10 or 11 together. This unit is a “what if” assuming the number 11 was upgraded to a GP35. So far I know of nobody else who has modeled any P&S in Z scale.
Here is Nick Damore’s excellently detailed P&S bay window number 151 along with two red and yellow Shawmut HO swithcers. In this scene P&S employees are holding a little conference, note the P&S “Hi-Rail” station wagon.
On Al Crate’s from Bookville excellent layout, a southbound BVL1 rumbles over the “BV” trestle over Red Bank Creek while a Conrail train passes under it on the Low Grade.
While my HO P&S layout is more like true model railroading picking up and setting out cars, I still enjoy my “micro” sized layouts such as this one with Z scale GP7 P&S 357 with a short train inside a briefcase.
Just a few months ago I did this 18 inch diameter Z scale layout which here two Mountain Laurel units roll by, assuming they were rebuilt to GP35 status. 🙂
Here’s a short clip of Al Crate’s P&S HO Layout, we have featured many photos of his great layout here over the years.
Above is the link to video of my HO layout taken by Dave Edwards back in December 2018. Have made some operational and other changes since then, but it is basically the same.
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