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Former Layout by Frank Titman (d)

Layout Name:

"Spiral Hill Railroad"

Layout Status:

dismantled

Track Type:

S

Layout Space:

17' x 20'

Layout Style:

Around-the-room, P-shaped

Track Manufacturer:

flextrack, handlaid turnouts

Rail Size:

code 100

Min. Turnout Frog:

#4

Min. Radius:

30"

Ruling Grade:

2.5%

Track Height(s):

36"

Era:

1950s

Setting:

Pennsylvania foothills

Railroad(s) Modeled:

freelance, Reading

Featured In:

NASG Dispatch, Aug 2012, pg 2

Great Model Railroads 2000, pg 74

3/16 "S"cale Railroading, Feb 1992, pg 26

Model Railroader, Jan 2001, pg 99 (full-page photo)

Notes:

Frank was the editor of the S Gauge Herald, ran Lehigh Valley Models, and won the NASG's Bernie Thomas award. This was Frank's third layout. The GMR article includes a sidebar on his operating coal tipple mechanism.

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Videos:


copyright © Joe Kimber; used by permission

Here, Frank mans the controls on the Spiral Hill, inching a coal drag on the spiral the layout is named after. The photo was taken in November 2002.


(copyright © Michael McConnell; used by permission)

Frank owned Lehigh Valley Models, and many of the prototypes for his kits could be found on the Spiral Hill layout. The photo was taken in February 2006.


(copyright © Michael McConnell; used by permission)

Only steam was ever run on the Spiral Hill; diesels were never allowed. Note the forced perspective by using HO-scale details in the background. The photo was taken in November 2002.


(copyright © Michael McConnell; used by permission)

The church that dominates the city is a replica of the church that Frank attended. Frank built it from pictures he took. All of the buildings on the left side of town are only 1/4" deep. The apparent depth is created by some excellent artwork. The buildings are only front walls, the roofs and other details are painted on the wall! Note the forced perspective; the details in the foreground are 1:64, while in the corner, the vehicles and people are 1:87. The photo was taken in February 2002.


(copyright © Michael McConnell; used by permission)

The zoo's van had a little altercation with another vehicle and the rear doors sprung open. Now the monkeys are loose. One has tracked cement dust from the nearby construction site up the side of the building. On the right side of the image, a monkey has grabbed a sunbathing girl's bathing suit top and they're both running down the sidewalk. The photo was taken in February 2002.


(copyright © Michael McConnell; used by permission)

A composed, panoramic view of Frank's layout. This photo only covered the main portion of the layout; there was more. The photo was taken in February 2002.


(copyright © Michael McConnell; used by permission)
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