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West Island's Allegheny & Western RR

The layout is based on a "what if?" scenario where the Alphabet Route railroads were allowed to combine into a system as an efficiency move during WW II. (This is similar to the Family Lines during the 1980s where several railroads painted equipment in the same scheme even though they were not legally one entity.) You'll see equipment of the combined Allegheny & Western system along with equipment of the member roads.

The modeled A&W mainline runs from the Port of NY to Harrisburg, PA. There are two major subdivisions branching off from the main. One goes from Phillipsburg, NJ to Maybrook, NY and the main New Haven connection to New England. The other goes from Topton, PA to Wilkes-Barre, PA and points northwest. Our hub is Allentown, PA, a midsize city with a large manufacturing base.

We are modeling selected highlights of this diverse and interesting territory.

Major locations are:

  • Greenville in Jersey City, NJ has a busy waterfront with a refinery and car float operations.
  • Bethlehem, PA has the main Bethlehem Steel works.
  • Allentown, PA has our company offices and our main yard, a modern rider hump. It is also the terminus for short-distance service to New York.
  • Harrisburg, PA is our connection to the PRR system as well as the gateway to the south and southwest.
  • Wilkes-Barre, PA is a rich source of traffic in anthracite as well as connections to the north and west.
  • Maybrook, NY is a gateway to the north and east.

It takes a lot of people diligently working to keep a Class One railroad fluid. From the switcher plugging away at the docks to the trainmaster overseeing it all, there are a wide variety of jobs.

Handicap Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

Upper Level Map Lower Level Map
Interlocking Map Employee Timetable as a PDF
AS-16 Engines Steam engines near Topton
Sperry Railcar above gas station
Scene with Erie engines pulling a long freight RDC
Erie F3 engines alongside Lehigh Canal Erie steam engine at a crossing
Lehigh Valley Snowbirds at speed Lehigh Valley Snowbirds swooping through a curve
Reading FP-7 passing the Topton Hotel Allegheny & Western RS-11 passing service station
Reading FT egines along the Lehigh Canal Allegheny & Western steam engines smoking it up past a maintenance of way truck
Photos By Vince Lee
   
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