December 1990 - Page 6
ACTION OPERATORS - EAST COAST STYLE, PART I: THE KLEYS
Doug and Steve Kley's HO Scale Lehigh Valley and Reading Railroads
The operations of two real railroads, the Lehigh Valley and the Reading, are integrated into this 16x36-f oot triple-deck layout. It's one that should be part of the 1993 NMRA National Convention tours near Phil adelphia.
COVER LAYOUT: The diesels on the cover are th ree IIfacto ry fresh" GP38-2s hoisting westbound Truck Train AP-l around the curve at Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. (The models are Athearn bodies on Hobbytown ch assis.
Models by Steve Kley Plans by Doug Kley Photos by Robert Schleicher
fIlled double-.track and huge yards, the stuff that makes the railroads romantic in the East, what do you do? Some modelers join a club where they can sample the joys of 50-track yards and lOO-car trains. Others adapt the sheer mass of Class One railroading to the spaces they have at hand. Doug and son Steve Kley have a sizeable space, 16x36 feet, to fill with layout, and they nearly tripled that space by building a three-deck railroad (really two decks with most of a third beneath for part of the off scene staging yard). They needed it all, however, because they wanted not just one, but two m ainline railroads to share that space. The Kley basement is being filled with the Reading Railroad's East Penn Branch, from the hidden Alburtis yard on the lower level up (eastward) through Macungie and Em maus to Burn on the middle level of the benchwork. The Reading continues on east to the huge Allentown yard. The yard has a 220-car capacity, eight-track classification yard with a four-track receiving/departure yard that will hold another 132 cars, five cabins (cabooses, to you westerners and 12 locomotives. The Reading then continues on to Bethlehem and a four-track staging loop. The Lehigh Valley portion of the railroad begins at the big hidden staging yard near Easton on the middle level of the benchwor, then travels through the Bethlehem engine terminal to Allentown, Ham, Treichlers and up to the upper level benchwork at Lehigh ton. The L V mainline continues through Packerton Junction, M&H Junction, White Haven, Fraser and Crestwood to the Pen nobscot yard. It then proceeds to the hidden s ix-track staging yard, where eastbound trains exit at Gracedale for Fraser and west bound trains exit back to Pennobscot, Crestwood and beyond, on down to the towns on the second level of the benchwork. There are several branchline and feeder road operations on the Lehigh Valley at Crestwood (to Solomons Gap) and M&H Junction (to the Hazelton Branch). This relatively basic trackwork duplicates just the smallest portion of the Reading or Lehigh Valley, but the signficant scenes and junctions are in place. The actual trains that ply the area, then, can be modeled and their movements worked into a schedule. It's the concept of modeling the important junctions, rather than every track, that is espoused by Charles Carrangi (see following article) and that has inspired the Kleys and other East Coast modelers. The Kleys are also using a system of cards to provide routings for individual freight cars that was designed by Charles Carrangi. (We'll have more on that in a forthcoming issue-Ed.) Now that the majority of the benchwork and trackwork is in place, they're busy collecting the locomotives and rolling stock needed to fill out the train traffic patterns they wish to duplicate. Most of that is being left to son Steve.
hen you want to model big time railroading, with train
The basic benchwork is Ix4 fir lumber with 'Is-inch plywood for a roadbed sub base and li2-inch Homasote for the roadbed beneath the track. The track itself is Atlas flex track with code 100 nickel silver rail. The turnouts are matchng Atlas in some locations, Peco in others. All turnouts are actuated by World War II surplus rotary
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