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A floodlight was suspended over the town of Mack to make this photo possible. There are some areas on the Piermont that are 6 or more deep, and all of them are detailed as well as this one. The Moxie plant in the background was built from a heavily re-worked old Magnuson Brewery kit with loading dock and porch detail added. t hat has similar properties, but bends to t ake the shape of a curve more readily. Duralux is also used for the layouts backdrop, and is decorated with cloud stencils from New London Industries. Howard has t aken an assortment of photos and uses them effectively to emulate distant background structures. With an active roster of 300 freight cars, 20 passenger cars, and literally thousands o f engines (all beautifully detailed and painted), it can be too much for one modeler to absorb! Having been to Howards home on several occasions, I can attest to the fact that there is so much going on that it would be almost impossible to appreciate Howards efforts on a one-by-one basis. Now comes more news. Putting everything else aside, imagine having enough of a layout to fill an 18' x 36' room...that will be the additional size of the layout in the coming years as Howard builds yet another extension onto his home. We can only wonder where it will lead, but one thing is for sure, Howard is the guy to make it work. Sadly, this article features no trackplan... the Piermont just keeps growing...like mold on a slice of bread. The layout is built as it happens, and no current track schematic exists. As for me...editor Randy Lee has me h eaded off in the direction of my buddy G eorge Sellioss Franklin & South Manchester for next months issue of M odel R ailroading . If there is a model railroad Heaven-on-Earth, I think Ive just stepped right into the middle of it!

N&W 2011 is spotted in the Williamstown area. The loco is made by Life-Like. The Piermont is loaded with bridges...from the Central Valley truss bridge in the foreground to the scratchbuilt highway bridge above. One of NJ Internationals new switch stands adds both color and detail to the scene. An operating session on the Piermont r equires 6-8 operators. Surface-mounted uncouplers are used, and Howard is fond of the new NJ International switch stands. Although they look great, they are not actually functional on the Piermont. Spline subroadbed construction is used throughout the layout, and there are 15 scale miles of mainline track. At normal operating speeds it can take from 45-60 minutes for a train to make an entire loop! The layout is immersed in lighting of all kinds...and every one of the dozens of structures is lit as well. While many of us u se Masonite as fascia boards, Howard has discovered a product called Duralux

44 MODEL RAILROADING

JULY 2001

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