Just registered today after lurking and reading for quite a while.
After a lifetime spent following and modeling the MoPac and UP, a recent trip to Pittsburgh introduced me to the P&LE. I think I finally found the perfect railroad to model!!
It has everything I've been looking for. Great scenery, HEAVY freight traffic (it's nickname was "the little giant" due to the tonnage it hauled compared to it's overall size), and (more and more important to me lately) lots of passenger traffic. It's NYC connections are also fascinating.
After lots of research (many nights burning the midnight oil), I've learned a lot about the P&LE and I've narrowed my modeling era down to 1952. Besides being the year my dad was born, this will allow me to enjoy late steam, great early diesels (FM H10-44s and Alco PA-1s), and a fairly heavy passenger schedule.
My scale is gonna be HO, I thought VERY hard about switching to N (easier for running long passenger equipment), but my eyesight, a desire for quite a bit of switching work, and the lack of certain equipment have scared me away. I'll just have to live with space concerns and stick with HO.
I'll be posting questions as I come to them, and I'll also post any info anyone may be interested in about the P&LE.
If there's anything I may be able to offer in the way of P&LE knowledge, particularly late '40s and early '50s, feel free to send me a message and I'll see what I have.