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T he city of Altoona is represented with a portion of the main business district. Wolf Furniture is a copy of the actual building in Altoona.

A two-track trainshed in Altoona allows people to board some of the many Pennsylvania Railroad passenger trains. Almost 90% of Altoonas passengers were railroad employees. the PRR was its variety of motive power and rolling stock, Lloyd has many representatives of Pennsy power. From steam locomotives to early diesels, they can be found on the layout. Most have been custom painted and weathered to match particular engines. Many of the passenger consists match particular trains of the period modeled. Both brass and plastic cars are used to fill out those trains; some even have interiors, complete with passengers. The freight cars are a variety of Westerfield, Sunshine and Bowser s uperdetailed craftsman kits. Lloyd likes rolling stock almost as much as scenery. He weathers everything (including the struc tures) with an airbrush and chalks. Even tea leaves and coffee grounds are sometimes used for weathering techniques! Trains are currently controlled using conventional DC from a central control board, but plans are underway to convert the layout to DCC (manufacturer yet unchosen). A wireless system will most likely be selected. After all, being able to follow a train through the great scenery makes one appreciate it all the more. Like many modelers, Lloyd likes wiring least of all but tolerates it. Currently, a PBL Foreground Sound System provides some of the DC control, so the DCC will most probably be sound-equipped. Operations on the layout are strictly for the enjoyment of seeing trains run, not to match prototype movements. But with DCC, that may change.

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Most of the layout is Lloyd Larsons work, but he holds a regular work session for three to four local modelers each w eek. He has also been a mentor for a l ocal budding model railroading youth, s howing him how to wire, lay track and d o scenery. Almost every scene on the The Pennsy had at least one of everything, including locomotives. In this p hoto, we see that the Army flats are led by two six-wheeled Baldwin Sharknose diesels. A matched set of Centipedes is on the freight.

JUNE 2001


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