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.

4 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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)

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

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