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Peter's Model Railroading


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).

On March 13, 2021 I started a new layout after dismantling my previous one. Everything is the same as before, except for how the framework of the modules is constructed. At the same time, I also completely revised this web site.

You can read the story of my latest module development in the August 2021 issue of The S Scale Resource magazine.

My currently-active projects are to build the Pre-Size Model Specialties' SP 50-foot box car kit, and continue to refine my CAD drawing of the coal tipple support structure.

The Hazel Mine Coal Tipple module, with the warped support structure

October 29, 2021

I have decided to create a full CAD drawing of the coal tipple support structure, which will then help me to figure out the materials list I need to order. It will also act as a guide for when I start the construction of version 2 of the support structure (the warped, version 1, is shown in the photo above, acting as a stand-in now). In the meantime, I have restarted my Ford Model T truck kit construction. As I am still looking for a "best" paint to use for painting my models, I bought some Tru-Color Paint spray-paint cans, on recommendation, which arrived in the mail this week. I look forward to trying those out soon. Also arriving in the mailbox this week was the new Pre-Size Model Specialties kit for an S-scale Southern Pacific 50-foot automobile-carrying box car. The prototype was built in 1923, so I could justify it for my 1924 layout!

November 5, 2021

I made good progress on the construction of my Ford Model T truck. I installed Hayes wheelstops to my module's track, so that equipment doesn't roll off of it (see the bottom of this page). I also made good progress on the CAD drawing for the coal tipple support structure.

November 12, 2021

This week I finalized the construction of the Ford Model T truck, applied the final paint color, and started putting the "glass" into the windows. I placed a preliminary order with Plastruct for some of the parts that I plan on using in the construction of the coal tipple support structure, to make sure that I want to use those parts, and to verify their measurements. That arrived in yesterday's mail, so if it all pans out, when I have the CAD design completed, I will place an order for all the materials necessary to build "version 2" of that structure.

November 19, 2021

This week I completed the Ford Model T truck. I did some more work on the CAD drawing for the coal tipple support structure, and started working on putting a small test section together using the Plastruct materials that arrived last week.

November 26, 2021

Putting a small test section (for the coal tipple support structure) together with the Plastruct materials I ordered, revealed that I need a much better tool for repeatedly cutting pieces to the same length. So, I spent some time researching mini tablesaws. I also got started on building the Pre-Size Model Specialties SP box car kit.