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This is a web site owned by Peter Vanvliet. Its primary focus is to document the construction of my model railroad, which is based on the Pennsylvania Railroad's "Chartiers" branch as it existed in the summer of 1924. The models are in S-scale (1:64). This web site is updated every Friday afternoon/evening. The past month's updates are shown further below.

My layout is modular/sectional in nature, currently consisting of only one module. This first module is now over one year old and I am happy with its design and construction. You can learn about all the details of it on this web site, or read my story in the August 2021 issue of The S Scale Resource magazine.

A recently-completed Ford Model T, on a mini diorama for testing static grass.

All photos on this web site are copyright © Peter Vanvliet, unless otherwise indicated; All Rights Reserved.

My first module is centered around the Hazel mine coal tipple in Canonsburg, PA. The main building is finished. I am working on its support structure (that which holds the main building up in the air). My first attempt at building it last year, failed. I am now building "version 2".

July 7, 2022

I finally got the first frame sub-assembly installed on the module.

July 15, 2022

All of the coal tipple support structure's frame sub-assemblies are installed on the module.

July 22, 2022

Two horizontal rows of in-between-the-frame sub-sections have been installed on the coal tipple support structure. For photos, see the bottom of this page.

July 29, 2022

I got a good start on installing the gusset plates on the coal tipple support structure, which are needed for installing the cross braces between the front-to-back horizontal beams that I installed the week before. However, in the process of doing that, I was reminded of how tight things are in the interior of the structure, so I also spent some time thinking through the flow of the steps I am going to take to install these interior framing components so that I don't paint myself into a corner, so to say.

August 5, 2022

The coal tipple support structure consists of four front-to-back horizontal sections that need H-column beams. I completed the left-most one on July 22. I am about halfway through with the left-from-middle one. I didn't have much time to make progress on it this week. This particular front-to-back section has to be completed before any others can be worked on, due to subsequent lack of interior access space.