Welcome to the Penn Central MINERVA Branch
MD1, Engine 3014 West, loaded coal train from Minerva yard (MP 42.1), approaching Ravenna, Ohio, (MP 85.1) on
Number 1 main track. Train on Number 2 main track is MD2, East, bringing empty hoppers to Minerva yard. 

Penn Central Alliance Branch
Valley Division

The Penn Central (PC) Alliance Branch HO scale layout places emphasis on the PC operation in the 1970's, at Minerva, Ohio, on the former New York Central System (NYCS) in southeastern Ohio. 

The prototype NYCS went between Phalanx (MP 0.0, northern point) and Dillonvale, Ohio (MP 87.6, southern point).  PC only operated between Newton Falls (MP 4.4) and Piney Fork (MP 82.8).  Minerva yard (MP 42.1) was the originating and terminating point for trains on both the NYCS and PC. 

Layout at a Glance



Penn Central Alliance Branch


HO scale (1:87.1) 


14 x 20 feet


PC Alliance Branch


Southeastern Ohio


Early- mid 1970's

Layout style:  

E-style, double deck

Length Main Line:  

275 feet


open grid


Code 83

Minimum radius:  

24 inch

Maximum grade:  

4 percent (grade used between levels versus helix)


cardboard, screen, plaster cloth,


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