This is the original Pittsburgh mural. The layout is in the 1946 - 1966 era, with few exceptions, all the locomotives, rolling stock, cars, structures, and scenery are from that era. This mural however is a 2009 version of the skyline of Pittsburgh as seen from Mt. Washington. This portion of the railroad might be a bit like the Strip District of Pittsburgh, but with some artistic license, it includes Heinz, Westinghouse, Clark Bar, The Pittsburgh Press, J&L Steel transfer station, Penn Brewery, and other structures you might find there around Pittsburgh in 1950.
This was the first structure I built. Found it on Ebay without instructions. Looked like Heinz, so that is what it became on the layout. The sign on top, by Miller Engineering, works like the real one. Clark manufacturing on the Northside was available from Miller Engineering, so it was a natural for this layout.
Westinghouse had those wonderful logos that never lit up the same way twice. It was placed on the northside of Pittsburgh in the 60's. We were mesmerized by the simple 9-piece neon light logos. They would never light up in the same sequence twice!
Here you will also find Ruben's Bait & Sushi, DePietro's Brewery, and The Pittsburgh Press.
In the picture above, the billboard on the streetcar reads 'Kennywood'.
Sunday, August 21, 2011