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March 2001 - Page 39

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Youre never too young or too old, or words similar to that effect were
featured in an old movie musical some years back. I would guess that if our hobby were to have an official tune, it would have to c enter around those identical sentiments. From the kid with his first train set, to the seasoned veteran...model railroading is the kind of pursuit that can seemingly still the hands of time. While there are many modelers that keep a highly visible profile, there are many more that quietly go about pursuing their creative efforts in far less obvious ways. Joe Schenkel of Long Island, New York, is one of that latter group. Finding modeling efforts with the combined craftsmanship and completeness of

by Art Fahie
Photos by the author

of the Pennsylvania R.R.
Joes can be a daunting task. Do they exist? Indeed they do, and sometimes the best way to search out these fine modelers is to ask at your local hobby shop. It was Harry Farides o f Harrys Depot in Patchogue, NY, that clued me onto Joes existence. Joe has been a well-kept secret, and despite achieving several awards, notably for structure building, Joe is the kind of guy that quietly retreats back to his basement after a contest...hardly leaving a footprint in the sand, and maintaining his quite anonymity (until now!). The Moose River Division is a purely fictional concept. Joe wanted to go in the direction of a logging railroad, but decided to use standard gauge track and equipment. H is love of the Pennsylvania Railroad w ould set the stage for his hilly terrain, and help to take him in a freelanced direction. Joe is the first to admit that despite the 13' x 16' size of the layout, he IS a oneman operation. More of a railfan than an operator, Joes greatest love for the hobby comes in the construction of the many fine structures that reside on the layout. While t he concept may be freelance, his major towns of Coatesville, Old Forge and Slippery Rock were all taken from a map of Pennsylvania. The operational concept of the railroad is simple...what would appear to be a twotrack mainline in actually operated as a mainline (the outer mainline track), and the Moose River logging division (the inside l oop of track). Each loop is operated by its own MRC power pack; the layout still

A Confirmed Cellar Dweller Takes us on a Tour of his Fictional Shortline

No detail has been overlooked. The Barnstead Lumber Co. is located just off the tracks near the area known as Rock Cliff. Real dirt is used on all rural roadways.



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