AWL Model RR Club, Inc.

Allegheny Western Lines
Modular Railroad

Member Rob Raggi

Louisville is a northeastern city in the middle of autumn in the 1990’s. Along with Lou’s Diner and Jessica’s Shoe Emporium, the major online customers are MGR Shops, Fran’s Oil CO. and Lou’s Snowplows (name to change.) MGR Shops is a car repair shop with the building being loosely based off of the former Tank Car Corp. in Oreland, PA and with the visual feel of the PRR’s Hollidaysburg Shops trackwork. The front few inches of the building will be modeled on this portion of the layout with the bulk on my home layout.

Fran’s Oil is a small oil distributing company modeled on a small jutout of the main module. Oil comes in and is distributed to homes and businesses in the area. Lou’s Snowplows is a manufacturer of snowplows for municipal and commercial use. I have modified the original building to have rail use on 2 floors. A ramp leads to the second floor docks. It is one building now but I plan some expansion in the future.

Louisville is also home to a Civil War reenactment. Every year, thousands of people come to see the epic battles of the North and South portrayed here.

Left six-foot module.
Right six-foot module.
Now that the plan is finished, the construction begins. April 2006
Laying out the track to see how everything will fit together. It is a good idea to put in the structures and scenic details so that they will fit correctly.
Close up view of the 'fit'. At this point, the track outline is transferred to the foam to make it easier to put down the Foam roadbed.
Move the tracks out of the way while the Woodland Scenics foam roadbed is glued down using Foam Tack Glue and T pins. The tracks have been glued to the foam roadbed. Never too early to start the trains rolling!! Never put glue under the switch point throw bars.
All Photos by Rob Raggi April 2006
The rails have now been painted. Painted rails make a major difference toward realism. After the ballasting is done, the scene will look amazing. We recommend using 50/50 white glue and water to hold the ballast. It is stronger and more resilient which is needed due to all the movement that modules receive.
The tracks are painted and now being glued down.
This is the trackwork on the left end.   The addition of even some scenery gives the layout a better look.
The same area, different angle.
May 2007
This is a shot of the freight house and tower on the right module.  For those of you who haven't noticed, the freight house track, which was originally supposed to be an interchange track, has been relocated from the left module to the right to make room for a hill.  Even with all of the planning, sometimes things change.  A model railroad is never done.
The trackwork looking from the right to left modules.  Here is the freight house (relocated), tower (added), and station (relocated).
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Independence Junction National Train Show 2006
Here are the Louisville modules in place at the Independence Junction 2006 NMRA convention National Train Show.

A pair of GG1's are pulling a train of 164 hoppers through the Raggi modules, Chris OBrien bridge and H.J. Heinz modules, Val Pistilli Butler and Malverna modules, Paul L. Viaduct modules, Hemmerle Strongville and Hilltown modules, around the corner to Independence Yard of Doug Baer............ Uh, I get lost here, but you get the picture. IT WAS A REALLY LONG TRAIN!!

That's Val in the green shirt on the top right of the picture.

Photo by Mike Logan

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