Other Peoples Model Railroads (OPMR)
This layout is well known and represents one
of the greats in this Erie/DL&W/Erie Lackawanna modeler's awareness.
Harold Werthwein's fabulous Erie
Harold's layout has won many awards, has had
many articles written by him and others about it and just recently was
listed as "one of the great model railroads of 1999". It was a privilege
and honor to be allowed to view and photograph this model railroad during
an operating session in June 1997. A full article was done on this
layout in Model Railroader in Oct 1995 and the article contains
a full plan of this magnificent layout.
The pictures are not in any particular order,
so we'll be bouncing around the layout.
A steam passenger
train trundles over Great Bend pass. The Erie
Limited (train #1) approaches Lackawaxen.
A milk train
drawn by a steam engine is about to cross the Susquehanna River bridge.
A heavy freight runs through Lackawaxen.
Jervis, NY yard early in the morning.. Local
freight at the Susquehanna, PA yard with the station in the background.
freight crosses the Lackawaxen bridge. A
special high and wide load train crosses the Starrucca Viaduct.
Unbelievable modeling skills used here. Steam powered milk
and mail train rounds Great Bend. At the Port Jervis, NY
#7 the Mail Express on Starrucca Viaduct. Train
#2 the Erie Limited on the viaduct. Train
#1 at the Susquehanna station.
new as a steam drawn freight passes a diesel freight. Train
#2 at Lackawaxen station. Train
#1 stops at the Susquehanna station.
Train #1 leaving the Port Jervis yard. Train
#2 on the viaduct. The special load
train again going thru the Binghamton yard. Through freights
meet on the Laxawaxen bridge. . Train #1 (the
Erie Limited) at the Laxawaxen bridge.
near Cochecton. Train #1
clearing through the Port Jervis yard. Train #1 again at the
east end of the Susquehanna station
yard. Train #2 entering
Binghamton, NY crossing over the Chenago River. Erie
Limited (#1) in the Port Jervis NY yard.
The Erie Limited on the Starrucca
Viaduct. Looks great!!
J.P. Mikesh's Rockaway Valley Garden
Railway - June 1998
Overview of G scale power
and equipment. Underview of passing train and "players"
Train EI EI OOO
with a pair of EL
U-25B's for power cross over a bridge and starts to climb the towards
Snake Hill tunnel.
Same train entering the South
End curve now starting to climbing a 2.5% grade to the tunnel.
update of The Rockaway Valley Garden Railway on July 28th, 2002.
have the road today and we follow them
over the rails, into the
yard and through the
tunnels. Inspections are a vital part of the Rockaway Valley's
preventive maintenance program.
A Shay sits in the siding waiting
for it's turn to do the route. U25B's
now take over the rails.
The Lackawanna Terminal Management Team
(LTMT) indulges in the gourmet food provided by the Rockaway Valley as
the the Ladies Auxilary gets
a lecture on railroading (or is he telling jokes again) from Bob Pennisi.
On this day, I was invited to join
an "inspiration tour" of three layouts. We (attendees will be unnamed
to protect the innocent, although I didn't see any 'innocents' among us)
were, by direction of the Lackawanna Terminal Railroad management team,
to steal (oops, I mean borrow) as many ideas as we could find. Here's
a sample of the pictures taken that day. On this occassion, the Erie
Lackawanna Railway-Port Jervis Division point (my model railroad) official
executive business (and bar) car was attached to the end of the Erie Railroad's
crack train for a tour of the layout.
In the spirit of Col. Hal Carsten's
style, this business car was and will be attached to anything that runs
on various HO scale layouts.
Tim Phalon and Matt Klemchalk's
Erie Railroad -
New York Division in HO scale
- Feb. 20 1999
Tim's HO scale layout encompasses
his entire basement and, very correctly, replicates
the Erie Railroad from Jersey
City, NJ to Port Jervis, NY.
special on the roll on the four track mainlne.
Not too much scenery, but a lot
of running room for the executive
special led by two Erie green/gray-green E8A's diesel engines. The executive
special takes the curve and
then the special turns
toward Port Jervis, New York.
Tim Phalon and Matt Klemchalk's
Erie Railroad -
Alleghany Division in G scale
- Feb 20, 1999
This incredible layout runs all over
the back and front yard of Tim's house, has all the turnouts air powered
and has a dispatcher's room (in the house) for controlling all movements.
The weather was drizzlely on the
day we visited, so we did not have an opportunity to
see this layout in action or take
too many pictures.
Caged (under the shed) power,
passenger and freight equipment at Salamanca.
Open DL&W box
car with "broken into" load also at Salamanca yard.
More pictures of Tim and Matt's
G scale in bright sunshine, no rain and, of course, I wasn't there.
So Steve Kay furnished these spectacular pictures of this magnificent outdoor
railroad. An operating session took place, performed by the LTMT
(Lackawanna Terminal Management Team), without the owner being on the premises.
A pair of Erie Lackawanna RS-3's drags a local freight while Erie Alco's
FA's take the long haul train over this layout.
leave the yard. RS-3's
round the curve. RS-3's traverse
a rock cut. RS-3's
climb into the mountains. RS-3's
cross the river. RS-3's
take another curve. RS-3's
traverse an "S" curve. And finally RS-3's,
under the auspices of LTMT operator, pick a switch. Erie
Switcher with a caboose sit on the side waiting for higher class trains
pass. FA's pass the local
freight. And haul a long freight off down the
Here's the diagram of this spetacular
AGAIN - An operating session at the Erie Railroad - Alleghany Division
on August 2, 2002. The host of this session was Matt Klemchalk.
This is an extensive G Scale layout where the trains are battery powered
and radio control directed. This makes three and four train meets
not uncommon and makes for great fun and confusion. I was taken around
the Alleghany Division and "qualified" on the entire route. After
running a few trains, I retired to taking pictures and following the action
of the other train operators. Here are pictures of the first class
Erie Passenger Train as it makes it way around the Alleghany Division.
Erie #1 on one of the bridges,
and clears Alfred.
As Erie #2 it has just past Wellsville.
This is the Hornell Yard, one terminus
of the Alleghany Division and the other terminus is the Salamanca
hauls some large box cars on the main.
More pictures in the camera.
click on the blue underlined portions
to see the pictures.
This club layout was in the basement
of a mall store in Ramsey, NJ for many years and has moved to Ho-Ho-Kus.
There is a great tradition with this mixed (young and older) group of modelers
and we wish them luck in this new location and thank them for their courtesy
during our visit. The layout is based on the Erie-Lackawanna and
is not too far from the real Ho-Ho-Kus station.
Ramapo Valley Model Railroad
Club - Feb. 20, 1999
Again, the EL business car rode
Before our train left Jersey City,
we observed some of the switching
action in one of the many freight yards. Here our business
and bar car (foreground) awaits at Jersey City for motive power to
be assigned to our train. An Erie
passenger train arrives at Jersey City with an Erie PA1 in charge of
what is to be our consist outbound. And then we're off from Jersey
City with two Erie E8A's
in command, in a consist of an express baggage car, an R.P.O. and a coach
while our inspection car brings up the rear of the train.
We first pass through Passaic
on the mainline and move on to Paterson where we pass an MOW
train on the side for our train. Further up the main we pass
a Norfolk Southern container
train and move on westbound. Our train appears under the
bridge and we're looking over the Union Pacific hicube box car in the
foreground. Our train is now on the cliffs above
Riverdale and run past a passenger station.
We finally arrive at our terminus yard,
but we have a problem. We have to get back
to Jersey City for our next trip. The yard master conjures up
a steam double header of Pacifics
for us and this combination takes our car back to the Jersey
Link Valley Railroad - Jan 23, 2000
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After viewing the above pictures,
we invite you to take a look at other
EL/DLW/Erie related model railroads
on the big net
Steve Kay's Lackawanna
Terminal Railway, a model railroad with an attitude. Visit his