Ray Machler – PRR / Schuylkill Valley Branch (O)


O Scale, 1950’s era. Shelf & mushroom multi-level layout with staging. Passenger and freight; steam, diesel, electric. Multi-level to lengthen run; features named PRR passenger train equipment from several eras on Notheast Corridor. Contrast of PRR mainline operation is Schuylkill Valley Branch Line. Heavy coal traffic on branch. Layout built over 34 years in three locations. Prototype scenes.

Video by Bill Fagan
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Photos from 2012 by Bill Fagan

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  1. To whom it may concern,

    I’m getting back into O gauge model railroading since childhood and with kids of my own (2 less than 8 YO) I thought it’d be something we can do together and learn some things about mechanics, wiring, computer control, art, etc.

    I bought some engines/cars recently at auction but don’t have track/transformer or even a table yet considered. I have HUGE ideas for a shelf layout in my basement and may want to focus on PRR and other adjoining roads.

    Other than finding a reputable train shop close by (I’m near Exton, PA) I’m wondering how best to learn about the hobby from someone who knows. Should I join a club?

    Just thought I’d ask. Your pictures look great by the way!

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