Operations on Jerry Macri’s massive HO scale Pennsylvania model railroad with narration by Allen Keller begin with two Alco RSD 15 high noses moving past the King and Sons Coal Company. Many businesses line the tracks around there. The Alcos with train M 8615 work through the Altoona Engine Facility.
The Baldwin switcher will pull four cars from the rear of the train and the boxcars, a nickel plate, two KD’s and a State of Maine will get picked up later by the Hollidaysburg Local. Number 5913 goes to work on the cars and the M-8615’s caboose is replaced. With the switching done, the Alco’s head to Altoona and then into the Horseshoe Curve. The big Alcos struggle to reach the apex of the curve with the K4 Memorial. This 462 was built in Altoona and has worked the Horseshoe for 35 years before it was given to the town by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1957.
Below is the souvenir and snack shop. Four tracks continue upgrade a little more before reaching the summit. Meanwhile, the Hollidaysburg Local with S-1 number 9100 is leaving Altoona Yard. Now train M-8615 has reached the summit and is headed downgrade at Horseshoe.
The Hollidaysburg Local eases by Altoona Station. Back at Horseshoe, two Alcos continue downgrade through the s curve and under Gallitzin Tunnel. The Hollidaysburg Local has work to do. Meanwhile, the Alco switcher enters the branchline behind the tractor company and two cars get set out at Zane Mercantile. The S-1 heads back to Altoona Yard and train M-8615 has some cars from the Erie Ironworks. To view full operations, watch the full video and for more Allen Keller videos, visit the Model Railroad Academy archives.