Howard Gallagher’s HO scale Atlantic & Southern RR fills an 11 x 13-foot spare bedroom with scenes of heavy industry and mainline railroading. Don’t miss the full article in the June 2019 Model Railroader. Enjoy this gallery of bonus trackside photos of the A&S, including some of Howard’s custom-painted and detailed locomotives and rolling stock. All photos by Howard Gallagher
During the 1950s, railroads started eliminating elaborate, multi-color paint schemes on diesels in favor of simplified one-color schemes as a cost-saving measure. The Atlantic & Southern was no different and introduced a simplified scheme in 1957. Howard based the lime-green simplified scheme on the livery worn by Illinois Terminal Ry. diesels. He also kitbashed the cabless B-unit in the photo from a damaged hood unit.
This trio of Electro-Motive Division passenger diesel locomotives wears the Atlantic & Southern’s original diesel paint scheme. The black & green “as-delivered” scheme is a modified version of a Southern Ry. design.
A Pittsburgh & Lake Erie passenger train pulls up to the platform of the Butler station. During operating sessions, Howard would run P&LE and Baltimore & Ohio passenger trains to and from hidden staging to add variety to the traffic.
At the engine terminal, shop personnel finish overhauling an EMD SD7 while other workers secure a heavy diesel engine and other equipment to a flatcar. The SD7 is a Proto 2000 model that Howard modified with a Walthers 567 engine kit, scratchbuilt cab interior, and lighting from grain of wheat bulbs.
The gas plant, blower house, and coke retort are all located in this corner of the layout. The entrance to the electric furnace is visible in the right foreground. As shown in the story in the June 2019 Model Railroader, the Armco Steel Butler Works dominates half the layout.
One signature scene on the Atlantic & Southern is Blast furnace no. 1 at the Armco Butler Works. Howard used fluorescent orange paint and blacklight LEDs to simulate the molten metal. There are also workers in protective suits loading the metal into bottle cars.