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Our Pike

Our Club's layout consists of two levels, with a total of approximately 2000 sq. ft. of viewable layout. The era we have chosen to model is that of the 1940's, as this allows us to run both our diesel and steam locomotives. Most of the areas on the layout represent sections in the Hazleton area and we have tried to recreate them as close as we can. There are other areas however, which are fictionalized, and have been made available to our members so that they can run free with their imagination of railroading as they would like to see it.

    The Upper Layout Portrays -

 

bulletNew - Drifton Breaker - We've recently completed a portion of the layout featuring a breaker located in the small town of Drifton, Pa. The breaker was built by Phil Myers and is a representative of the actual Drifton Breaker. The scenery was constructed and detailed by Hugh Jeffrey. Lights have been installed in the breaker and in the entrance to the mine. Please go to our More Photos page to see additional pictures.

 

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Ashmore yard - Ashmore_6_2001.JPG (21735 bytes)The Ashmore Yard was one of the first areas completed and wired. Here we see several locomotives at rest during mid afternoon. In the background is Ashmore's twelve stall roundhouse. This area was constructed by Hugh Jeffrey, our President, and is full of detail and well thought out construction. We have decided to totally redo this area and are now in the process of building the trackwork and replacing the turntable. See our Ashmore Project for details and progress reports.

 

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Eckley Miners village -  Eckley_scene02.JPG (20532 bytes)This area was modeled after a small company town built in the 1800's and located within a few miles of Hazleton. The prototype is presently owned and maintained by the state of Pennsylvania as it appeared in the late 1800s. Our rendition of it was scratch built by one of our former members, Frank Humenick, and is fully detailed and based on the original.

 

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Hazleton - Hazleton02_Nov_2001.JPG (28947 bytes)Is complete for the most part. However there are several areas where we will be adding additional buildings more representative of the area. One of our newest members, Walt Eckard, has taken an interest in the area and is now working on a scratch built building. It should make a dandy addition to the complex. Stay tuned to see the results. One of the features of this area is the Markle building, a faithful recreation of one of Hazleton's well know structures, built from scratch by Bill Gallagher. Another structure we have on display is the Lehigh Valley station built by Hugh Jeffrey. This structure was also scratch built by Hugh, and is a detailed replica of this locally famous landmark.

 

bulletWeatherly - weatherly_12_03_01.JPG (28444 bytes) Is under construction and is approximately 75% complete. The streets and the sidings for freight have been installed. The scenery has also been finished along with several of the buildings. Other buildings are in construction and as they are completed they will be added to this area.

 

bulletCross Creek - is one of our newer areas to be completed and was built by a group of our core members. Robby Kransteuber, Hugh Jeffrey, Phil Myers, Dan Thole, and Manny Koch. The idea and early construction belong to Robby as does the underlying foundation, while Hugh Jeffrey did a large portion of the scenery. The track, wiring, and some of the other work were completed by the others. The area was built to represent a small logging facility. A narrow gauge shortline was included to transport lumber to the coal facilities located on another part of the layout near Hazleton.

 

bulletThe Junk Yard - is another of our member's fun spots. Jack Shelly has created a salvage yard to cut up obsolete steam AMRS_the_junk_yard_6_2001.JPG (14224 bytes)engines and reclaim the metal. (The steam members of our club almost voted Jack out of the club for this) Jack has had a lot of fun building this site and has spent considerable time building in lots of detail.

 

 

    The Lower Level Contains -

bulletThe Gorge at Jim Thorpe -  Includes the river as it winds through Jim Thorpe, one of the main rail stations, our primary freight yard, the canal, and various other interesting features. It is nearly complete with the main line and yard track finished. All the track, including the turnouts, are handlaid in code 83 blackened rail. The scenery in this picture shows a section of the river as it winds around the mountain. Part of the river includes the canal and the locks that existed in an earlier age. Several of the canal barges are also shown and can be seen in operation. The bridge crossing the river adds a nice touch.

 

bulletThe main freight yard at Jim Thorpe -  Lehigh_Gorge_Nov_2001.JPG (34357 bytes) The yard at Jim Thorpe is composed of two main lines feeding our primary yard of four tracks, each of which is capable of holding approximately thirty cars. All of the track and turnouts are handlaid using code 83 blackened track with all the turnouts being remotely controlled. The track shown on the other side of the Lehigh is the other main line going to our upper level.

 

bulletA section of the Bethlehem Steel facility -   has been constructed by Tony Matukonis who worked at this facility for over twenty five years. He is presently finishing up details on the cranes and raw steel storage area. Hugh Jeffrey has recently worked with Tony to better blend in the scenery and structures.

 

bulletThole Valley.-  Thole_Valley02.jpg (20107 bytes) Is one of our fictional areas built by Dan Thole. The area is made up of a small town with a single engine house and several industries which are served by the 0-6-0 switcher stationed in the town. The majority of the buildings are Campbell and Woodland Scenic kits from Dan's former layout at his home.

 

bulletJim Thorpe - The town of Jim Thorpe has recently been finished by Hugh Jeffrey. Hugh has once again done a superb job of the scenery and layout of the town. Most of the buildings are scratch built by members Frank Humenick and Al Guard. They are faithful representations of those in the town during this time period. Much of it as it exists today. The area is built on a removable table so we can get in and work on the Lehigh Valley trackwork when necessary.