Sunday, January 2, 2011

Original SNE track plan

Several folks have emailed me asking to see the original track plan for my prototype-freelanced Southern New England. This was the fourth SNE layout I've started - and, as the title of this blog indicates, the new layout will be much more focused on scenery and operations from the Central Vermont's northern division, meaning the SNE will be going into retirement. (There will still be some SNE locomotives and cars, although long-term plans call for replacing these with prototype models).
I never drew a complete track plan for the original layout, and frankly don't want to spend time doing one now. But the following will show how the layout fit the space. Please note that the around-the-walls area, including Thames Street and Montville were "single deck" - the
peninsula was actually a double-deck section.

I got as far as getting all the benchwork, most of the track (a few sidings remained to be added) and even some initial scenery in place before work came to a screeching halt summer. I knew something was bugging me about the layout, but could never figure out what it was. 
At this point I'm busy rearranging the benchwork. I initially thought some of the track could be kept in place, but that was rapidly becoming an issue - so I ended up scrapping the entire layout down to the rough benchwork.
Once the layout room is presentable enough for pictures, I'll post some photos of the new, hopefully improved layout!

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