John Wissinger's Monitor Lines, Allegheny Midland,
- 23 Thorndale Drive
- NCE DCC
- NMRA, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
- NMRA Division:
- Sub Division:
- SOUTHERN PA
Monitor Lines (traction RR), Allegheny Midland, Connellsville Branch (steam RR).
Description: The railroad was started in Cincinnati OH in 1977. The name was chosen about the same time as Tony Koester chose the name for his much better known railroad. The layout is built in sections (not modules) so it can be moved which has happened about 7 or 8 times in its history. There are two separate RRs on the layout, electric traction and steam. They interchange railroad cars so that the industries on the traction railroad have access to the outside world. Several sections are currently under re-construction, other sections are 95% complete. The railroad is "E" shaped and occupies a 10'X12' bedroom. The layout was moved to its current location 4 years ago. Local is Western Pennsylvania in about 1938, the traction line loosely follows Pittsburgh Rys practices; the steam RR is freelanced following prototype practices.
Other Info: the RR is HO scale, currently being converted from DC to NCE DCC. The house and RR room are handicap accessible but the aisles are rather narrow.
I am a life member of the NMRA, a Master Model Railroader (#99) and a member of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, former OpSIG member.
if the visitor is using a GPS, it will guide the visitor into the south entrance off US-422. There is a gate there that is opened via transponder which only residents have. There is a "public" entrance on the north side of the development on E. Kercher Ave.