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Howard Zane’s HO scale Piermont Division photo gallery

By | January 7, 2020

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A 2-8-4 steam locomotive model pulls a train through a center of a town depicted in a mountainous, forested landscape.

A class S1 2-8-4 Berkshire pulls a time freight through Belfort Gap heading east. The locomotive is a Custom Brass import.

A 2-8-4 steam locomotive model pulls a train through a center of a town depicted in a mountainous, forested landscape.
A 4-6-2 steam locomotive model pulls a train through the center of a town in a mountainous and forested scene.

An Erie Railroad class K5 4-6-2 Pacific and coaches are on the express track barreling through Belfort Gap. The locomotive is a Precision Scale import

A 4-6-2 steam locomotive model pulls a train through the center of a town in a mountainous and forested scene.
A 4-8-4 steam locomotive leads a freight train through an S-curve in a mountainous and forested scene and past several railroad and industrial buildings.

A Lehigh Valley class T2 4-8-4 leads a string of hoppers eastbound through Bernard. The T2 is a Custom Brass importand the hoppers are all fashioned from wood kits

A 4-8-4 steam locomotive leads a freight train through an S-curve in a mountainous and forested scene and past several railroad and industrial buildings.
Three model steam locomotives pause in an industrial scene surrounded by trees.

At the Geren engine yard, two class R1s are steamed up along with a class K5 ready for a day's work. In the background is the city of Old Bridge.

Three model steam locomotives pause in an industrial scene surrounded by trees.
A 2-10-2 model steam locomotives on yard tracks amid a verdant industrial scene.

These tracks lead to the lower Geren roundhouse. As traffic grew, and expansion of locomotive facilities was needed in Geren but there wasn't enough real estate to enlarge the roundhouse. A new two-stall enginehouse was built nearby and up a small incline. The locomotive departing is a class R3, a rebuilt United States Railroad Administration (USRA) 2-10-2. The model is a Key brass import.

A 2-10-2 model steam locomotives on yard tracks amid a verdant industrial scene.
Model people cross tracks at a crossing with two model steam locomotives just behind them to the right.

Erie Railroad class K5 Pacifics wait at Haverhill Engine Yard. Figures and vehicles help complete the scene. All figures and vehicles are weathered with artist's pastels and India ink washes.

Model people cross tracks at a crossing with two model steam locomotives just behind them to the right.
Two steam locomotives powered trains meet in a mountainous, forested landscape bracketed by rustic late-19th century wood or brick buildings. Appalachian.

A local passenger train and a freight are passing east of Buckley. The trains are lead by a class K5 4-6-2 and a class S2 2-8-4, respectively. The Clearbrook Hotel is on the bank of the Big Sandy River. In the rear of the scene is Howard's favorite structure kit of all time: "Drug Store" from S.S. Limited. He used three of the kits to represent various buildings on the layout.

Two steam locomotives powered trains meet in a mountainous, forested landscape bracketed by rustic late-19th century wood or brick buildings. Appalachian.
A 2-8-4 steam locomotive runs through a verdant, rocky scene.

A Louisville & Nashville class M-1 "Big Emma" 2-8-4 runs on the Piermont. The model is a Division Point brass import.

A 2-8-4 steam locomotive runs through a verdant, rocky scene.
A model steam locomotive exits a tunnel into a rail yard. A blue and yellow diesel locomotive sits in the foreground.

A Central Railroad of New Jersey 2-8-2 Mikado runs eastbound into the big yard at Belfort Gap. The prototype was the largest steamer on the CNJ. This HO version is an Overland Models brass import.

A model steam locomotive exits a tunnel into a rail yard. A blue and yellow diesel locomotive sits in the foreground.
A 4-6-2 model steam locomotive pulls a passenger train from a yard around a curve in a verdant town scene. A rail yard with road bridge, signals, and additional steam trains are in the middle and background.

Departing Ticknor Yard eastbound for Piermont is a three-car local headed by a New York Central class K3Q Pacific 4-6-2. The model is a Key brass import.

A 4-6-2 model steam locomotive pulls a passenger train from a yard around a curve in a verdant town scene. A rail yard with road bridge, signals, and additional steam trains are in the middle and background.
A model 2-8-8-4 steam locomotive pulls a train over a brick viaduct in the background of a verdant city scene.

A Baltimore & Ohio class EM-1 crosses the curved brick viaduct over the Johnny River near Talbot Springs. The road in the foreground leads into the town of Piermont.

A model 2-8-8-4 steam locomotive pulls a train over a brick viaduct in the background of a verdant city scene.

 

Forrest Nace took plenty of fascinating photographs of Howard Zane’s spectacular HO scale Piermont Division. Enjoy this exclusive gallery of selected scenes from the 60 x 70-foot HO scale model railroad, including many of Howard’s superdetailed brass steam locomotive models.

A full article on Howard Zane’s layout appeared in the February 2020 issue of Model Railroader.

Images include photographs of steam locomotives for the Erie Railroad, the Louisville & Nashville, Central Railroad of New Jersey, and the Lehigh Valley.

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3 thoughts on “Howard Zane’s HO scale Piermont Division photo gallery

  1. The upper right corner of Slide 4 has a billboard. Looks like it might be for “Dr. Joycelyn Elders School… of Self Gratification maybe? That part didn’t make it into the magazine article!

  2. I took a trip to Maryland in October last year and I was lucky enough to be able to see the Piedmont Division in person. The layout is just as spectacular in person as it is in the photos here. Thank you Howard!

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