I recently had a second opportunity to be interviewed on the "A Modeler's Life" podcast - this time along with fellow modeler Mike Deverell. The focus of this interview was specifically around the concepts, thoughts and planning processes involved with constructing a large layout inside a separate building constructed specifically as layout space. As many visitors to this site are aware, I'm presently constructing a large Reading layout in a 20x36 pole building that I built in 2012 at my home in Robesonia, PA.
Good News! We were finally able to publish the 1972 Reading Company Freight Schedule! Click here to visit the page - you will notice that the info is organized much like the 1970 Reading Company Freight Schedule; however, we have not included the animations in the interest of time and getting the content up and available for viewing. While there were some significant changes in traffic patterns between 1970 and 1972, there are plenty of similarities. Eventually we will work to get the cross-links for the connecting trains added. Having completed this, we'll now turn our attention to the 1968 Freight Schedule that we have in our possession.
PLEASE NOTE: We regret to note that the source material we were graciously provided by the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum did NOT include information regarding Local Service. Sufficient info is included in the 1970 and 1975 schedule to derive a reasonable approximation of local operations for your layout.
It's been a busy winter outside of modeling interests here at the Reading Modeler, which has unfortunately prevented us from making many updates to the site. However, I'm happy to report that we DO have a new addition to share! Member Rob Hinkle has graciously shared a scanned PDF copy of Reading Company Freight Car Diagrams. We've housed this document in the Freight Car section of the Rolling Stock Reference. Click here to go to that page, where you can download and view the diagrams (60MB download).
In our renewed efforts to provide fresh material on the site, we're happy to announce that we've obtained a copy of the 1975 Reading Company Freight Schedule courtesy of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society archives, and converted it to a PDF and made it available on the Reading Modeler. This provides an interesting contrast to the 1970 Reading Company Freight Schedule that we've shared on the site for some time. We have some other schedules that we are in the process of posting - these are valuable in planning operations on your Reading layout. In the interim, click here to view the 1975 schedule!