Layouts Based on the LVRR

Brian Petroziello
Brian Petroziello’s HO Wyoming Division layout models the main line from Wilkes-Barre to Athens, with Coxton Yard as its centerpiece. Sayre and points west, Allentown and points east, and Wilkes-Barre area interchange are represented by hidden staging yards. Brian is modeling the geographic area of the old Wyoming Division, although it had been divided between the New York and Buffalo Divisions long before 1975, the year he has chosen to model because of his interest in the locomotives of that period.”I grew up in the Pittston Junction and my grandfather was a hostler at Coxton Yard.” – Brian Petroziello

The Seneca Valley Lines layout of the Rochester Model Railroad Club is loosely modeling the LV from Jersey City to Buffalo. Although Rochester Jct. is represented, the city of Rochester is not. Time period is the 1950s. Like most clubs, members run their own equipment, and it’s not all LV. The club is open on Monday nights for work, and visitors are always welcome. Due to projects, trains will not always be running on those nights, but operations are held at least once a month. Contact Dave Mitchell (mdbmitch at frontier dot net)

Chuck Huthmaker
Chuck Huthmaker’s Lehigh and Susquehanna Division has been located in New York, Saudi Arabia, and north Texas, where it was last reincarnated as a point-to-point layout in an 11’6″x11’6″ room. Chuck is now moving to Washington DC, so these are probably the only photos of his Texas layout we will see. He is planning a new, expanded version in the large walk-out basement of his new home!Priorities were a fair sized steel mill with inter-plant trackage and large structures, and an interchange with Bethlehem Steel’s PB&NE. Second, a cement mill and an anthracite colliery (breaker) had to be large enough to provide adequate traffic.

Ian Metcalfe
Ian Metcalfe’s Beaver Meadow layout, in England, is based on the Lehigh Valley Railroad in the Hazelton area during the 1970’s.Ian has tried to capture the real flavour of the railroad and the times, with accurate paint schemes and creative weathering.

Jim Dalberg
Jim Dalberg’s New Jersey Northern is an operations-oriented layout based on the LV & CNJ from Oak Island to just west of Coxton Yard, with staging for the Buffalo Division.

New York Division – Mark Nolan

Ralph DeBlasi
Ralph DeBlasi’s LVRR Wyoming Division models the LV and CNJ from Northampton to Solomon’s Gap in the period between 1960 and 1976. Equipment will be changed for operating sessions to reflect specific time periods. Hidden staging represents the NY Division on the east end, and Coxton Yard on the west end. Visible track is handlaid code 83 and 70, with a 34″ minimum radius. Control is by Digitrax DCC, with a Chief radio control system. Ralph has enough track laid now to begin formal operating sessions.

Lehigh Lackawanna
Glen Larimer’s Lehigh Lackawanna is a modern railroad depicting the Lehigh Valley and Erie Lackawanna railroads merged into one company to avoid Conrail.

Stirling Woodin
Stirling Woodin’s HO scale East Penn Junction

Reinhard Pratt
Reinhard Pratt’s LVRR Central Jersey Mainline layout is set in the 60’s to pre-Conrail and designed to run the trains he viewed as a boy trackside in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The layout features trains of up to 15 cars being pulled by Lehigh Valley, CNJ and Pennsylvania locomotives.

Phil Lord
Phil Lord is recreating a prototype area at New Woodstock, NY (Madison County) on the Cortland Branch as it was in 1945. His motivation is a memory of living in the house beside the tracks near the depot in that year, when he was only 3 years old. Every detail of his 4×14 foot layout is an “archeologically exact” replica of the track, industries and other structures that existed in the 2,000 x 500 foot prototype area, with a 4×4 foot generic staging area attached as a dogleg at one end.

Jules Heiliczer
Jules Heiliczer’s Bethlehem Steel Layout models the Philadelphia Bethlehem & New England and the Lehigh Valley railroads and their operations around Bethlehem, PA between 1965 and 1975.

John Brahaney
The Lehigh Valley Buffalo Division – John Brahaney

Chuck Davis
Lehigh Valley Railroad Wyoming Division – Chuck Davis

Chuck Diljak
Wyoming Valley Railroad Chuck Diljak
Email at: nj_jerryd at yahoo dot com

Mike Rose layout
Mike Rose’s layout features a section of former Lehigh Valley Railroad lines in Conrail days, including Mehoopany, Meshoppen, Laceyville, and parts of Towanda.

The HO gauge Lehigh & Keystone Valley depicts the route of the Lehigh Valley Railroad during the period 1950-76, from West Portal, NJ, to Bethlehem, PA, and north to Coxton, PA, the Reading Railroad from Quakertown, PA, through Bethlehem to Harrisburg, PA, as well as the Central of New Jersey from Elizabethport, NJ, to Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Ron Papiercavich’s LVRR Wyoming Division captures the feel of the Main Line region in Pennsylvania between Coxton and Lehighton.





The HO scale layout of the Back Mountain Railroad Club focuses on a section of the Bowman’s Creek Branch of the Lehigh Valley  Railroad, as it passes through Dallas, PA, on its way to Harvey’s Lake.

Ed Schaller’s Lehigh Valley Railroad New York Division, circa 1972-76

Easton – Phillipsburg BridgesJohn Pursell

New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy – Bernd Fanghanel’s HO layout is a free lance model railroad that is based on the LV’s Rochester and Hemlock branch with Rochester Jct. being the focal point.

Lehigh Valley Layouts in the Model Railroad Magazines

Lehigh Valley & Reading Lines – Doug & Steve Kley’s HO layout has three levels and fills a 16 x 36 ft room. The Lehigh Valley portion models the area from Easton to Laurel Run on the Gracedale Secondary Track, and to Solomons Gap on the L&S main line. (Railmodel Journal, 12/1990, p. 6)
“…Just an update… For simplicity we use the CNJ tracks from Easton to JU. The LV lead from JU to Bethlehem is only used by Reading trains going to Saucon Yard which is the Eastern end of the Reading RR. Both Reading and LV trains operate out of Allentown Yard. The LV uses the old CNJ tracks (now LV as its 1974) to reach Lehighton, then follow the trackage as you identified. We operate in the time zone of Sept/Oct 1974. We were at Sept/Oct 1972 but shifted upwards when Atlas produced the U-23B’s. I ll keep this short by ending with – we have been operating for 16 years.
Thanks again for the press. – Doug Kley”

Calypso YardPhil Baggley‘s HO layout is loosely based on Lehigh Valley operations at Calypso Yard and Bethlehem Steel (Railmodel Journal, 3/1997, p. 33).
“…I sold Calypso Yard to the Falkirk model railway club in Scotland and hear that it is still in use on the exhibition circuit up there, though they use it more as a generic layout to run all manner of club member’s stock. I am currently working on a modest home layout more closely based on Bethlehem Steel in my 13ft x 15ft railway room up on the top floor. It is still a long way from completion – I keep getting sidetracked to other modeling projects!
Kind regards and best wishes for the web site.” – Phil

Lehigh Valley Railroad – Bill McChesney’s HO layout has Allentown Yard as its centerpiece, with staging yards representing Oak Island, Sayre, and Tifft Teminal/Suspension Bridge. It fills a 16 x 31 ft room. (Railroad Model Craftsman, 3/1998, p. 52)

Other layouts inspired by the Lehigh Valley

These layouts incorporate elements of LVRR operations or locations, but do not run LVRR trains.

Schuylkill Haven and Lehigh River RailroadJim Hamilton‘s 3′ x 5′ N scale SH&LR is a fictitious road that follows the old ROW of LVRR Pottsville Branch (Bowmans to Blackwood) and People’s Railway (to Pottsville), set in the mid-1960s. Modeled towns include Bowmans (Lizard Creek Jct), Orwigsburg, and Pottsville. Operations include local and interchange freight, passenger railfan excursions. Jim started construction in November 2000 and is already 100% operational, with about 30% of the scenery done.

If you are modeling the Lehigh Valley railroad, send us a note – we’d be glad to include info about your layout, too!

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