"Reading Chester County Branch Line"
12' x 15'
Point-to-point, paper clip-shaped
S-Helper Service, American Models, Fox Valley Models
code 138, 148
Min. Turnout Frog:
40" (main, sidings), 37" (spurs)
Mainline Track Length:
benchwork: 100%; track: 100%; scenery: 75%
eastern Pennsylvania, Reading's Chester Valley Branch
The layout was built from some of the first modules of the North Penn S Gaugers club's layout from the early 1990s. Hugh added end point yards, and short sections. The concept is loosely based on the Chester Valley layout of 1939 by J. Harold Geissel. Hugh indicates that the layout is slated to be taken down near the end of 2023, so that he can start construction on a new layout that can better handle his 4-8-4 engines.
This is an early photo of the layout showing nearly all of it.
This photo was taken in 2023 showing the tremendous progress Hugh has made over the recent years.
The tour starts on the left-hand side of the layout, which features a yard.
Arrival at the small yard at the other end of the layout.
Hugh took this black & white period photo of a Reading I-10sa after it had just taken on water from the water tank. The water tank is Lehigh Valley Models kit #LVM21. The engine is also a Lehigh Valley Models kit, namely #LVM10, which owner Frank Titman first sold in 1977 as a kit and later as a ready-to-run model. The 50 prototype Reading 2-8-0 class I-10sa freight locomotives were all built by Baldwin in 1923, with the 2000 series of road numbers.