This portion of the layout depicts
downtown Pittsburgh. The layout of the buildings took several
attempts to get the sense of depth to make the area look larger than it
This photo shows an overview of the Pittsburgh area. The two
skyscapers, hotel, and department store are made by Bachmann. I
got them for a steal at $15 and $20 each.
This overpass is part of the Boulevard of the Allies which runs along
the back of the scene against the backdrop. The route signs were
downloaded from the internet from companies which make actual traffic
and route signs. The numbers were modified using Photoshop.
The WDVE bill board was from a bumper sticker given away as a
A pair of Chessie SD-35s leads a loaded coal train under the
Boulevard of the Allies. This location is actually the end of the
line as far as the model railroad is concerned. The reddish
building in the background is in Cumberland, Maryland, the other
extreme end of the line.
If you're modeling Pittsburgh, you got to have a Pants 'N 'At. This is a popular comedy sketch performed on WDVE.
This is a part of the scene that is "along the tracks". The sign
was made from an old Pittsburgh Pirates Yearbook from the era that I am
modeling. Moe's Bar is a bar that was located near Glenwood Yard,
just east of Pittsburgh.
The PaTrain is heading into the station, bringing commuters to work.
The station is a modified version of the actual building in order
to get it to fit within the scene. The facade very closely
replicates the actual building which no longer exists. More
photos of the station can be seen in the PaTrain page.
Every big city has its good hobby shop. The bill board above the
building was obtained from a Pirates scorecard from the era.
The Westinghouse warehouse separates the city from the steel mill that
is to the left of this photo. A Union RR SW-1500 can be seen
under the bridge. The brown building is the Westinghouse building
where my father used to work.
A Chessie GP-38 leads a hot-shot trailer train along the city's edge.
This view shows the steel mill in the background. The back
sides of the buildings expose the dirty part of the city with garbage
cans and empty cardboard boxes.
An SD-35 crosses the street leading into "dahntahn". The railroad crossing operates with alternately illuminating lights.
Traffic begins to back up in the busy Pittsburgh streets.
Another view of the trailer jet roaring through town.