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Building an Erie Lackawanna SDP45 - RMC December 1981. A detailed, step-by-step kitbashing project that will challenge your modeling abilities by Joseph Lofland.
SPD45F In 1969, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad took delivery of 34 3600 hp. SDP45's (Nos. 3635-3668). These units were not meant for passenger service and differed from EMD's standard model in that they had no steam generators. Consequently, they also lacked the extra vents and flat end common to other SDP45's. The EL used the longer frame simply to accommodate a larger capacity fuel tank. I kitbashed my EL SDP45 from a dummy unit so sound could be added, but with some minor changes you can build a powered unit. If you combine one of these with a powered SD45, you will have an excellent looking and sounding lash-up. Complete Article.


Erie-Lackawanna in HO Scale - RailModel Journal, March 2001 by Joseph Lofland. Model photos by Robert Schleicher.
Erie-Lackawanna in HO scle Joe Lofland is modeling the Erie-Lackawanna's operations from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to Binghampton, New York. The layout is mostly still in the bare benchwork and trackwork stage, but many of these scenes along the prototype will be recreated on the finished model. There's an index of previous prototype-based layouts "on Tour" on our website at www.railmodeljournal.com. The layout is built in a room that my wife and I built onto our house for the express purpose of building a railroad. Therefore, we used trusses so there would be no columns. The room is 24 x 44 feet. And yes, we did most of the construction work ourselves. Complete Article.


EL 1401 - World of HO Scale 1986 by Joseph Lofland.
Erie Lackawanna GP7 - EL 1401 Dressed in post-merger colors, this EL GP7 passes an ancient Baldwin S-12 and DS 4-4-6, waiting for repairs that will never come. The engine sheds were constructed using Revell and Heljan kits. The S12 and the GP7 are Athearn models, while the DS 4-4-6 is a Hallmark brass import. These first generation veterans share quarters on the layout of Joe Lofland in New Castle, Delaware. (Page 431, Walthers The World of HO Scale - 1986). Complete Article.


The H & H Railway - Modeling with an EL Theme the H & H Railway. RMC February 1986 by Joseph Lofland.
The H & H Railway

The H&H, or Henrietta & Humphrey Railroad, was named for two pet gerbils I have. Though this may be an unusual source for a rail-road name, it could easily be derived from towns with those names, since they are the kinds of names one might find in eastern Pennsylvania, the area that the H&H scenery and industries are most similar to. The railroad's herald was greatly influenced by these little animals, as were many of the industries on the line.

The H&H was started a few years ago in an unfinished attic in my house. To complete the construction of the room, I had to build drop steps in the ceiling and put sub flooring over the joists. A three foot knee wall was built to allow storage space behind the room, and extra insulation and electrical outlets were also added. Complete Article.


Erie Lackawanna: Parts I - IV


Part I - Head End Cars - Prototype Modeler November-December 1988. By Joe Lofland and Marty Obed
Head End Cars

EL passenger trains were a colorful and varied lot, reflecting the influence of predecessor roads Erie and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western. Erie Lackawanna passenger trains offered a wonderful variety of motive power and consists for modelers and fans alike. From dual-service Fs. RS's, and Geeps to glamorous PAs and Es, the power ends of EL trains were never dull nor were the consists they pulled: Car schemes ranged from traditional Pullman green and Erie two-tone green to the striking maroon-and-gray brought to the merger by Delaware, Lackawanna & Western. Complete Article.



Part II - Coaches - Prototype Modeler January-February 1988. By Joe Lofland and Marty Obed
Coaches

Coaches. They are the common denominator of any railroad's fleet of passenger rolling stock. We've looked at Erie Lackawanna's stable of head-end cars; to come are sumptuous lounge and observation cars, appetite-pleasing diners/ diner-lounges and luxurious sleeping cars. But in this section we look at EL's roster of work-a-day coaches, from early heavyweights to the lightweights that closed EL's years as an intercity passenger carrier. As with all EL passenger cars, the coach fleet reflects the pre-merger roads of EL: Delaware, Lackawanna & Western and Erie Railroad. Complete Article.



Part III - Food and Beverage Cars - Prototype Modeler March-April 1988. By Joe Lofland and Marty Obed
Foo and Beverage Cars

In the first two parts of this series we examined the "nuts and bolts" equipment used on Erie Lackawanna passenger trains: head-end cars and coaches. But passenger trains have always been much more than just a means of moving people and baggage from one place to another. Amenities such as food, drink and room for relaxing and socializing are important parts of the rail travel experience. In this installment, we will look at the equipment used by EL to provide the services that are romanticized by those recalling the classic era of travel by train: the sterling and china elegance of dining cars and the camaraderie and relaxation of observation lounges. Complete Article.



Part IV - Sleeping Cars - Prototype Modeler May-June 1988
Sleeping Cars

Over the years television and movies have romanticized rail travel and one theme is usually common: The quintessential rail experience is typified by traveling in a. sleeping car. On-screen romantic encounters, intrigue, even slapstick rarely occur in the confines of a mere coach; you need that special atmosphere that can only be found in a sleeper room. While TV and movies sometimes exaggerate reality, in many cases they simply mirror the emotions of our society. This is especially true of the sleeping car experience. While other modes of domestic transportation can boast various advantages, the ability to travel in a private room has always been the domain of the railroads. Complete Article.



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