Model Railroad Open House Tours To Be Held Nov. 16

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The Independent Railroaders will host their annual model railroad open house tour on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m.- 4p.m.

The event will take place at five locations in both Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Each one is a representation of a certain time frame in the rail industry as well as the various regions in the United States in which they ran.

Each of the participating layouts is in HO (1/87) scale. The event is self-guided.

¯Mike Dickinson’s layout is set in Jamestown around 1968. The railroad modeled is the Erie-Lackawanna’s New York to Chicago line that ran through the city. Highlights of this layout include models of local buildings and the former EL passenger station in Jamestown. His address is 213 Willard St., Jamestown

¯Tim Anderson’s layout depicts the former Wellsville, Addison & Galeton Railroad (at one time owned by the Baltimore & Ohio RR) as if it were consolidated into B&O successor, The Chessie System. The time period depicted is the late 1970s-mid 1980s and includes a three-tier mountain, yard switching, and a lake freighter. Trains from the EL and Conrail (the Consolidated Rail Corp.) also run on this layout. His address is 706 Busti-Sugar Grove Road, Jamestown.

¯Roger Schulenburg’s layout represents the fictional Niobe and French Creek RR in the 1940s. The setting for the layout is rural Western New York. In addition to full scenery and model railroad operations is a scratch-built model of the former Nickel Plate Railroad passenger station in Dunkirk. His address is 210 Seymour St.,Fredonia.

¯Dick Bradley’s Pennsylvania and Maryland layout is a fictionalized version of the former Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad. Set in April 19. 1955, the layout represents the railroad’s bridge line (transfer) operations that took place between Baltimore and York, Pa. Included are fine scenery and prototypically-based model buildings from scratch. His address is 19 Hinkle St., Warren, Pa.

¯Ray Goetz’s Mojave Railroad is set in southern California and includes trains of the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, Western Pacific, and Santa Fe railroads. The time period is the 1960s to the 1990s. Along with scratch-built structures built from many household items are scenes representative of the citrus, mining, and oil refining industries in the region. His address is 46 Drumcliffe Drive, Warren, Pa.

Maps for the participating layouts are available at Terry’s Train Shop located at 1739 Foote Ave. Ext., Jamestown. For more information contact Tim Anderson at 487-0730.