It really did exist: a 5.5 mile line built by the B&O in 1887 between Cranford NJ and Staten Island.
Direct connection with the Jersey Central (and by default, the Reading Company as well) at Cranford Jct.
The Lehigh Valley at Staten Island Jct. another half-mile or so east, and with the Pennsylvania at Linden Jct, which included trackage rights into PRR's
Linden Yard. Basically, the layout uses some place names from the area.
A branch line with a wye at the end models a short branch on the Staten Island Rapid Transit that served a large orphanage.
This is a view of Edgewater Yard. Edgewater was the name of a large town on Staten Island before it became part of New York City 1889.
A PRR L-1 (a visitor's loco) has arrived with a train of reefers. An SIRT 0-6-0 camelback works the classification tracks. A west-bound Jersey Central train is ready to depart Edgewater.
I ran a diagnostic on my computer concerning inability to get the photo I posted here to show.
It reports "Windows could not detect this network's proxy settings."
I sounds like this forum is set up for systems other than Microsoft, judging from difficulty in being unable to open a file on site that is attached to messages I have posted here.
The message is visible, but the attachments will not open.
Ed, I click on the link and get a white screen in a new tab. Really would be useful to have some instructions on photo posting.
A roustabout (local freight) drops a load of anthracite at a coal yard on the B&NY. The camelback is built in brass. The hopper and the reefer are Walthers' kit built cars from when I was a teen. Yes, camelback engineers often sat on the cab windowsill, rather than the cab seat! The coal dump trestle is a 1946 B&O design for replacing timber dump trestles weakened by age and rot.
SIRT 29 works the west end of Edgewater Yard on the B&NY. The panel side Santa Fe box car was re built from a damaged Suncoast model found for $5.00. The C&O box car ahead of it is built from a set of five aluminum castings from 1934, sent by a friend to see what I could do with them. That model's dimensions were checked with the 1953 Official Railway Equipment Register. A C&O box car of that size in auto parts service matched it. A number in that series, 254403, was used. Some in seeing this model, point out that C&O used four digit numbers on box cars. Well, not all of them!
To be sure, brotherhood grievances WILL be filed!
The Master Mechanic came over to the car shop in his old Chrysler, to see how this new idea could work.
A tractor fitted with a steel frame and an AAR coupler could move cars in and out of the shop as needed, instead of waiting on a switcher from Edgewater Yard to come in for that.
Cuts down on shop waiting time, but also takes work away from engine crews working the yard.
A transfer move on its way to Edgewater Yard approaches Park Junction on the Baltimore & New York. The FM switcher is a modified MTH 2 rail model. The truck side frames were moved in 3/32" on both sides. The bottom edge of the side sills was deepened with styrene strips. Cast on hand grabs were cut off and brass grab irons installed. The cab steps were lowered to a more prototypical height with styrene shims. The cab was detailed and crew figures put in. It models one of the ten FM H10-44 switchers B&O bought in 1948. They were all sold to the Jersey Central in 1957. They were retired and scrapped in 1970.
A B&O "Speed Liner" working an Edgewater - Baltimore run, crosses State Highway 5 as it eases in for a stop at Rossiter Junction on the B&NY Railway.
The model was built from a Mac Shops kit started by someone else. Alterations were made to model the "new look" RDC-2's B&O got, which were coach/dinettes.
They sat 24 passengers in reclining seats and 24 more at dining tables. A small but fully equipped kitchen was built into part of the baggage compartment by Budd.
Numbered 1961 and 1962, the two B&O "Speed Liner" coach/dinettes began service heading RDC trains in Pittsburgh - Washington DC service.
For a while, Speed Liner number 1961 running alone held down a unique weekend-only run over NY Central track that B&O used for access to Detroit.
The trackage rights agreement stipulated that B&O would provide daily service over this line, even though B&O through trains to Detroit that ran on Saturday and Sunday had been discontinued.
Very few riders took this run, but railfans who knew about it came out for a ride out and back when they could.
Sharp looking stuff and nice scenery, Ed!
Almost home! The B&O National Limited from St. Louis makes a stop at Edgewater on its way to the terminal at Jersey City. The observation is a rebuilt Kasiner 'junker' from 1948 found for $10. The car ahead of it is a Mac Shops Budd 16 duplex roomette /4 double bed room sleeper modeling the 'Bobolink.' It was first car in the eleven car "Bird" series B&O bought in 1952. I was on the prototype at Jersey City, at its first day of service. It was a sleeper that would be taken off the National at North Vernon IN for Louisville KY. In front of it is the B&O dining car Pittsburgh, built from one of the first American Standard lightweight kits.
There were a few times when I visited an O scale layout that I was invited to bring a car or locomotive to run on it. Even if no specific invitation to do so, I always brought along my Walthers office car.
It was rebuilt in the 1980's with full underbody and interior details, as well as working markers track inspection lights.
They are powered by batteries hidden under the stateroom beds and controlled by a switch in the water tank under car.
Here's B&O office car 935 on a layout in Sherman TX a few years ago.
What a great way to travel!
That is a nice model of a unique car.
Orange Empire 🙂