January 15, 2006
On a cold wintry day, the Potomac
Division members were welcomed into the home of Cliff Wolff and his
Pennsylvania Railroad basement layout. After spending numerous years in
the woodworking hobby, Cliff sold most of his equipment and pursued his
longtime dream of a layout in his former basement shop. Ringing the
room with bench work about fifty two inches high, allows our host
access to his layout using a duck under entrance under the yard.
Storage and work space is organized under the bench work.
Presently, there are three main loops permitting three trains to run
simultaneously. Besides a small Pennsylvania NW switcher hauling the
local freight train, a brace of RS-15 PRR Alcos sang their respective
tunes as they motored by pulling a large freight, while a tried and
true steam engine continued to pull its tank train. An E-8 passenger
train also made its continued rounds going from Bayonne to Weehawken,
Scenery is 75% complete, with many structures as fronts high on bluffs
representing buildings of the inner city, alley ways and such. Many
buildings have been custom made from remembrances of youth and pictures
in his personal library. Not content with going in circles, Cliff has
been "custom building" an elevated rail line from scratch using sheet
styrene as noted in the picture to right of Cliff. This is but one
short section he has created, yet the real piece of work is the curved
raised elevated steel trestle he has built.
As ever changing as our designs in a model railroad layout can be,
Cliff's track plan will change to include new trackage going around in
front of an exterior door, which will be a lift out, to a new area over
his work bench and spray booth area.