John Pursell’s Easton-Phillipsburg Layout

My HO scale version of the LV is taking shape (slowly) here in Maryland. It is in the bare benchwork and mainline-almost-complete phase.

My general concept is this: I’m modeling just one large scene, based on the river bridges at Easton-Phillipsburg. The room is 12×20, with the river scene across one narrow end; P-Burg is on the right, Easton on the left as you walk into the layout. Hidden staging tracks will funnel trains thru the area, with local switching in both towns.

I’m not making a concerted effort to duplicate either town building-by-building; just the general flavor.

The problem was including the CNJ, L&HR, Erie and PRR that were all in the area. I’ve tried to solve this operationally–the mainline is double-tracked, so I can run LV double track if the mood strikes me, or designate one track LV and one as CNJ. Not perfect, but it gives me a chance to run red CNJ SD35s. PRR will just be an interchange yard–that’s “phase II” of the layout, and will be a narrow shelf section extending down the hallway.

L&HR and Erie are just interchange tracks–just no room for more.

I used to be a devoted PRR fan (and still am to some degree); had a couple PRR layouts in former residences. But when starting this (my dream layout), I went with the area that I used to see as a kid, when my family would go shopping in Easton. I didn’t know then what all those bridges were, but I knew they were trains!

Always willing to communicate with LV (or any kind of) modelers.

John Pursell (johnpursell at msn dot com)
Frederick, Maryland

One thought on “John Pursell’s Easton-Phillipsburg Layout

  1. RON LUCKOCK

    I I GREW UP IN THE 1950S ON SOUTH MAIN ST. IN PHILLIPSBURG. THE PENNSY WAS IN OUR BACK YARD NEXT TO THE LEHIGH & HUDSON. HOW I REMEMBER SO MANY TRAINS IN THE 1950S. AFTER MILITARY SERVICE AND A TOUR OF VIETNAM IN THE SIXTIES I NEVER FORGOT MY ROOTS. UPON PURCHASING A TWO ACRE LOT NEXT TO THE OLD LV I STARTED TO BUILD MY DREAM LAYOUT. ITS 40X 112 AN TOOK 40 YEARS TO BUILD. IT CONTAINS 600 SCRATCH BUILT MODELS EVERYONE BUILT AFTER THE PROTOTYPE EXISTING AND NON EXITING. CODE 148 NICKEL SILVER RAIL WITH TWO PLATES AND FOUR SPIKES IN EVERY TIE. IT CAN BE SEEN ON PHILLIPSBURG RAILROADERS HISTORIC SITE. WE ARE PLANNINGMORE.

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