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Robert Bucklew’s Quaker Valley Railroad

Venue

Street:
18 Fawn Drive
ZIP:
19607
City:
Reading
State:
PA
Country:
United States
Restrictions:
ADA Accessible
Scale:
HO
Power:
NCE DCC, JMRI
NMRA Division:
SUSQUEHANNA
Sub Division:
EASTERN PA
E-mail:
bob@quaker-valley.com
Phone:
610-777-2824
Map:
Map

Description

Freelance shortline with D&H influence; Conrail and Chessie presence in 1977.

The QVRR is housed in a 21' x 37' basement room set aside during construction of our home in 1984.  Trains are controlled by NCE tethered and radio throttles and by JMRI Withrottle and Engine Driver.

Mainline turnouts are controlled by the Dispatcher from a JMRI CTC panel on a touch screen monitor.  A few physical signals are in place, but the railroad is fully signaled using JMRI tablets and smart phones.  FRS radios are used for engineer communication. 

During operating sessions , the layout is operated as a 2 track Conrail mainline with 4 staging yards and the Quaker Valley mainline, a single track with passing sidings.  JMRI provides for continuous running and a two train shuffle during  open house tours.

Bob has published articles in Railroad Model Craftsman in 1979 (rotary dumper) and 1980 (radio throttle).  More recently in the online magazine Model Railroad Hobbyist on the aisle gate entry (February 2013) and JMRI Virtual Signals (June 2015)

Basement entry next to garage, handicap accessible, cameras welcome, NO SMOKING.

 
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