• 2:18

    This overview video of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum starts with a great view of the layout. It’s modeled after the early 1950’s, where steam, steel and stamina power the economy. The people around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland are hard at work building back American post-war prosperity. The country will soon revel in

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  • 6:10

    The tour of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout begins at the Wabash Bridge over the river in downtown Pittsburgh. The pride of the line, the Constellation heads eastbound. This Pullman extra fair train is powered by PA 220 and PB 221. The silver structure is the Smithfield Street Bridge. Next the trains move

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  • 9:03

    Operations on the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum begin with two Western Maryland Consolidations leading Train 43 into Cumberland on the Mon Valley Line. the 280s head through the narrows at Wills Creek with the B&O Viaduct in the foreground. The Narrows were once the passage west through the mountains. Ekhardt Junction is next. At

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  • 8:24

    The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum models the area from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland in July of 1952. President, Ray Mueser picked this area and this time frame because at that time steel and the mills were still open and running well. The railroads were very strong and they were phasing out the steam locomotives

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  • 4:44

    This video demonstrates modelers of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout scratch building structures using a computer-aided drafting produced simple house structure on illustration board. The objective is to create a house cutout structure from the illustration board and the house image. It is important to spray the image and not the illustration board

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  • 5:20

    It’s hard to model Pittsburgh without the bridges. There are a number of bridges on the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout. Jake Thompson is the major bridge builder for the museum layout. Bridges have been his specialty on the layout, having built nearly 17 of them. Many of those bridges have more than one

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  • 3:58

    President of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum, Ray Mueser uses computer control systems in regular operating sessions as well as during public shows. The computer is designed to give operators the ability to run sessions with a hands off approach where the trains chase each other around the layout without hitting one another. The

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  • 6:20

    In this video you will learn how to create realistic looking trees. Such a mountainous layout like that on the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum requires a lot of trees. Allen Keller speaks with President Ray Mueser who is involved in the tree making on the layout. The preferred technique is making trees out of

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  • 5:08

    In this video, Ed Sike explains how the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum layout modelers make various parts of their scenery, specifically rocks and hillsides. In front of him is a rubber mold mounted on a wood frame for casting various sizes of rocks of varying textures. To make the mold casting, he sprays the

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