Zane's Piermont Division runs through the coal mine country
of the Appalachians in the 1950s. This is our third visit to
this layout. We did Vol. 12 in 1992 and Vol. 44 in 2003. Since
then Howard has completely scenicked the second addition and
redone the original HO layout he started in 1983. Even though
the layout has been a work in progress for 25 years, the old
and the new blend flawlessly because of Howard's formal artistic
training. In this video we concentrate on the new work.
is one of the hobby's important artistic achievements. Howard
does little planning, he simply creates stunning scenes and
structures. If he has a plan, it's open to change as he works.
Yet he is highly organized and disciplined as he works to express
square foot HO layout is all about fantasy and unlimited imagination.
The trackplan is really a double deck style built on one deck
at different levels. This makes the run 22 scale miles long
so it takes a train about one hour to run the full length.
layout features spectacular waterfalls and bridges along with
mountains, mines and urban structures. Howard loves to show
the layout to visitors. He says art has no value unless it is
shared with others. He encourages all his visitors, who can,
to build a large layout.
Howard will show you how to make a waterfall, super-elevate
a curve, add coal to a tender and make a road from cardboard.
Division is a Great Model Railroad because Howard's artistic
training and skills allow him to recreate the glory days of