Richford Branch Trackplan

Central Vermont Railway Richford Branch, HO Scale, designed by Lance Mindheim. Lance offers a full range of layout services from design through construction of complete model railroads. Contact Lance's Shelf Layouts Co. HERE.  

Here's a brief description of the layout using the familiar Model Railroader Magazine style "Layout-At-A-Glance" format. Items with "???" still to be determined. Will update this page as needed. 

Prototype: Richford Branch of Central Vermont Railway
Locale: Several "modified" prototype locations in Vermont including Sheldon Springs, Sheldon Junction, and Richford. 
Theme/Approach: Historical novel not a history textbook. Prototype influenced - meaning allowances for "adjustments" as needed and desired.  
Period: Early1950s - season ???
Scale: HO (1:87.1)
Layout Size (roughly): 12 x 30 with a stub ended staging yard in the utility room
Style: Around the walls with two stub ended peninsulas
Benchwork: Open grid - 3/4" plywood cut to 3" widths for frame members. Around the wall sections supported on wall brackets; peninsulas and "front shelf" on IKEA Ivar storage units. 
Subroadbed: ???
Roadbed: Cork, trimmed to width of ties
Track:  Some temporary track Atlas code 83 to get up and running. 
Final track - Micro Engineering Code 70. Turnouts handlaid primarily using Fast Tracks jigs. 
Mainline Run (approx.): ???
Maximum Grade: 0%
Minimum Radius: 36” main; 30” industrial sidings
Power & Control: Easy DCC (CVP Products) DCC; turnouts manually thrown using Blue Point. 
Backdrop: On walls, no center backdrops - 3-D ridges create view screen. Handpainted or photos remains ???
Scenery: Combination of cardboard lattice and plaster cloth or pink foamboard in open areas with Florist foam in heavily wooded areas.


  1. Is this the new basement??? If so, it looks like you'll have a great 'pike!

  2. it looks like the plan you have developed is going to give you the visual "breathing room" you need to create the atmosphere evident in the latest photos, very cool!

  3. Marty,

    How about publishing a time line of where you lived, what you built and why you dismantled. Hard to get things straight. If such a piece exists, I couldn't find it.

    Joe (NCMRC & BMRC)

    1. Joe, That likely deserves it's own blog post!