n scale Pittsburgh module

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by csxengineer, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    I used 2 DPM Hilltowne Hotels and styrene for the P&LE headquarters, and scatchbuilt the station square shops & smithfield street from sheet styrene.
    Still got lots of work to do...

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  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    That's really nice! I bet it's going to look great when it's all done.
  3. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    131 views and only 1 reply? weak.

    here's an updated progress picture...

    It looks better in person than photos, the foliage looks bare in photo, but fine in person??

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  4. fifer

    fifer Active Member

    CSX , I like it a lot! That is gonna be a way cool module!

  5. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    I still need red paint for the rear building, more foam roadbed for #1 main, and more painting. I'm about 1/2 done.
  6. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Looks good...

    ...and it's an inspiration. I intend to replicate a similar type building of the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia. There's a huge train shed but I am going to compress it way down and build in a lot of compromise. I just want the flavor of a large train shed and terminal.


  7. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    updated pictures

    I got more work done on the parking lots (big one is where they removed platforms, and the darker parking lot is for the incline and river boat tours.

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  8. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    That incline may still be a work in progress, but it instantly tells me where this is.
  9. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    lot details

    I still can't get a realistic picture. Maybe I'll take this module outside tomorrow and take some more.

    Anyway, keeping cars/pedestrians safe...

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  10. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Nice work. The road edge outlines add a lot to the whole scene.
  11. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    I like the inclined railway.
  12. Fl0ydski

    Fl0ydski Member

    Being a person whom grew up near Pittsburgh and went to college there. Spending quite a bit of time in and around all those historic locations. I really can appreciate the leve lof detail & care you are putting into this project. It is quite frankly awesome.
    Nice work mate.


    ps. It is hard to beleive that there were something like 17 original Inclines in Pittsburgh back in the day. 1 or 2 which actually could carry automotives...
  13. jesso

    jesso Member

    How did I miss this? Great Module! I have seen a few pictures of that incline track on railpictures.net and instantly recognized it. That is a great looking module and you have done some very nice work on it.

    Don't worry about you pictures not making it look as good as it is. Pictures tend to go one way or the other on that, my pictures usually make mine look a lot better than they actually are, so between us we are averaging out :)
  14. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    That's looking great! Who knew everyone in Pittsburgh drives the same model of car!:mrgreen:
  15. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    Everybody in Pittsburgh drives the same car!

    That was funny as hell! sign1

    I was at Hobby shop today looking for affordable modern cars. Seems a few years ago I decided to sell my modern stuff on Ebay when I made a 50's module. Now I'm kicking myself.

    Thanks for feedback.
  16. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    can't forget..

    Had to add The Fort Pitt Bridge / Tunnel.

    Now, I need to paint it and fill it bumper to bumper with cars.

    On a different note,

    I had terrible luck with spray cans. Tamiya and model master on both primed and unprimed styrene. I had to brush paint the red building over top off the runny sticky tamiya paint. I used black auto primer first.

    Also sprayed yellow model master onto unprimed plastruct beams, and it wouldn't hold. After 30 min, I wiped it off with a dry paper towel.

    Any ideas why?

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  17. kkazienko

    kkazienko New Member

    I've had tremendous success with Krylon Fusion for Plastic recently. I've used it on styrene and the plastic that the Walthers kits come in with no problems. I only use the satin finish though so it doesn't finish shiny!

    By the way, having grown up in the Northern Panhandle of WV, I know this scene very well. Actually had our prom at the Sheraton at Station Square. Looks great. Are you going to have the Incline's operational?
  18. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    I can't find inexpensive z scale wheels yet to scratchbuild the incline cars. My prom & class reunion was on the Gateway clipper. In the spring, I see proms letting out of the sheraton often. Hmmm to be young again, huh?:rolleyes:
  19. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    water painted but not poured, I made the P&LE sign on the building. still got to paint flex track, install and ballast, etc. About 90% done.

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  20. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Looks very nice! After a train show this past weekend, my 3yr old son decided he likes N too. Eventually after I get this HO layout looking good, I want to build one in N with him

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