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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, Enosburg Falls, and Richford.
Theme/Approach: Historical novel not a history textbook. Prototype influenced - meaning allowances for "adjustments" as needed and desired.
Period: Early 1950s - 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.
Roadbed: Cork, trimmed to width of ties. HO scale cork on mainlines, transitioning to N scale cork on sidings.
Track: Some temporary track Atlas code 83 to get up and running.
Final track - Micro Engineering Code 70. All turnouts hand thrown unless reach-in jeopardizes finished structures/scenery. Micro Engineering turnouts. Some special turnouts handlaid.
Mainline Run (approx.): ???
Maximum Grade: 0%
Minimum Radius: 36” main; 30” industrial sidings
Power & Control: NCE DCC with radio throttles; turnouts manually thrown.
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.