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Glyn Thomas' Westbound CNJ Susquehanna Division

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The CNJ – Susquehanna Division HO layout is intended to represent the real Central Railroad of New Jersey’s operation in the Lehigh Valley as it would have appeared in 1947. At the time, the CNJ served two major functions – in the east, it was a commuter railroad serving the New Jersey hinterland of New York City; in the west, it was a coal railroad, shipping anthracite from the Pennsylvania coalfields towards the mid-west manufacturing cities, and east to the coast for shipment along the eastern seaboard. The layout is set in the west, so mainly represents coal traffic, with some bridging through freight traffic and long-distance passenger trains. The CNJ replaced steam with diesel in 1947-1948 on most routes, so the time is set in the final days of the transition era.

The room is approximately 27’ by 15,’ and the layout runs around the walls on framing that varies from 2’ to 4’ wide. Scenery covers about 100 sq ft. Digitrax DCC controlled.

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