My inspiration!!!

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  1. O_HO_Nfanatic

    O_HO_Nfanatic New Member

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    I wish I could say this is my layout, but it isn't. This is the Carnegie Science Center's Minature Railroad and Village in Pittsburgh Pa. I have visited this thing since the early 70's when it was the Buhl Planetarium. An awesome O-gauge set-up which covers from the turn of the 19th century through the depression. All four seasons are depicted. Night and day transpires by light effects. I love this place and it has inspired me for decades. check out the pictures. I have more if you enjoy them (about 300) I don't want to go crazy here as to cause problems with sites banwidth allocations.

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  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I remember going to see it at the Buhl Planetarium every year. I saw it at the Carnegie Science Center once before we moved.
    Have you been to see the layout at Oglby park in Wheeling WV?
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    O_HO_Nfanatic New Member

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    Ray,
    I have never been to the WV place. Actually, I never heard of it. I intend to look into it. There is another place near Wexford PA. It is privately owned. I want to go visit that too. I drive by it 20 times a year. I believe it is a 1940's-50 steam to diesel transition theme based on the PRR. I also believe it is HO.
    One thing that upsets me about the Carnegie layout is the absence of the logging route. I recall it being in the Buhl layout. I also remember it in the begining of the Carnegie layout. It was a short line shay with some skeleton log cars. There was an operating saw mill. Do you recall it? I wish I had pictures back then.
    One thing that kinda bums me out is a measure of silliness added to draw children. They had the polar express set running and a Thomas the tank engine set running. I think the difference between a toy train layout and a hobbyist setup should be clearly differentiated!
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  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Cool Photo's. :thumb: :thumb: Thanks for sharing them with us. :wave: :wave:
  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I have some photos of the layout taken at the Buhl Planetarium. I'll have to find them, scan and post some.
  7. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I found the photos.
    Does this mine look familiar?

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    The old airport.

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    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    The river and park.
    The park train was an HO Mantua general if I remember correctly.

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  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    That mine does look familiar. It's the same one without all the snow on it. Great Photo's Ray :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. Ray Marinaccio

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    The trolley.

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    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    2 Large trestles.

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    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Thanks Matt,
    These were taken back in 1988. They rebuilt most of it but must have incorperated big chunks of the old one into it.
    Heres another photo of one of the trestles.

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  15. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Your Welcome Ray. From the looks of it that is one big trestle.