Back in the Summer I started to have second thoughts about how I modelled the coach yard….. I’m usually of the mind for spreading out scenes; less is better.  Dull and mundane is better still.  Whenever I thought about the Railway Express Agency platforms, I felt it was too much, too close to the passenger car servicing building.  Too busy.  Too “model-railroady” – you know, cramming something into every bit of available space.  However, whenever I uncovered the layout and looked at it, it didn’t seem all that bad. But, I couldn’t let go of that thought and now the … Continue reading NEW COACH YARD


UPDATE: This facility has been removed. Express cars are switched at the REA platforms.  There are five car spots – two spurs at top of platform, and with three more along the track immediately below it.  Platforms are made in the usual way: styrene sheet with expansion lines scribed.  Home-built lightstands are added. Details include carts and barrels from Grandt Line, crates from Tichy, empty bins and scale from Scale Structures. Continue reading REA PLATFORMS


The passenger car servicing building also divides the engine terminal side from the coach yard.  Typically, three heavyweight cars are spotted at the spur beside the building. It is made up of DPM modular walls.  The platform in between it and the ice house (lower left) is made from styrene sheet. This is the backside view from the inspection pits.  The track in between the servicing building and the pits is the roundhouse outbound track to the passenger station platforms (in our case, staging). View from the coaling tower.  Pikestuff telephone poles also follow the roadway and help divide the … Continue reading PASSENGER CAR SERVICING BUILDING


As part of the switching operation to the passenger car servicing building, a small ice house is provided for passenger cars that have ice-activated air conditioning.   This windowless brick structure is made from DPM modules.  The cart is from Scale Structures.  Little used in 1942 as most NYC passenger cars have mechanical air conditioning, this does add an extra operation to replenish ice for those cars that need it.  The 1941 Chevrolet tanker truck for diesel locomotive refuelling is stored inside this lift-away structure. Along the roadway to the ice house and service building, there are a couple of … Continue reading ICE HOUSE