Layout At-A-Glance



"The Old Layout-At-A-Glance"

I started construction on my former layout, the CV Roxbury Sub, in December 2008. In late 2010, when I started this blog, I was in the process of significantly rebuilding large sections of the railroad - removing most of what had been a two deck layout and replacing it with the single deck railroad shown on this blog in posts from December 2010 through May 2017. 
In May 2017 in preparation for selling our house I tore the layout down. I'm leaving the Roxbury sub layout-at-a-glance below as a historical record. 
In our new home I'm planning to build a much simpler (and smaller) railroad based on the CV's Richford Branch. 

Here's a brief description of the layout using the familiar Model Railroader Magazine style "Layout-At-A-Glance" format.

Prototype: Roxbury Subdivision of Central Vermont Railway
Locale: Several prototype locations in Vermont including Essex Junction, Waterbury, Randolph, and Bethel. 
Period: September, 1954
Scale: HO (1:87.1)
Layout Size (roughly): 15 x 48 with a stub ended staging yard in the utility room
Style: Around the walls with center peninsula
Benchwork: Open grid
Roadbed: Cork, trimmed to width of ties
Track:  Primarily Micro Engineering Code 70 w/#6 turnouts – with some Peco Code 83 curved turnouts
Mainline Run (approx.): 150' (north staging entrance to south staging entrance)
Maximum Grade: 0%
Minimum Radius: 32” main; 24” industrial sidings
Power & Control: Easy DCC (CVP Products) DCC, manual point-thrown turnouts
Backdrop: Handpainted on drywall (on walls) and 3/16" Masonite on center peninsula
Scenery: Combination of cardboard lattice and plaster cloth or pink foamboard in open areas with Florist foam in heavily wooded areas

2 comments:

  1. Just starting to develop a layout based on the CV in the 50's, when I grew up in Graniteville, VT. Tentatively planning to make it a WRJ to Barre project with one major change. In my reading I have found that the engineers wanted to send the VC through the Williamstown Gulf to Barre - so I am planning to use that route as it gives me a chance to model the gulf. There is a rumor that there a yahoo group of CV modelers? Is there? Thanks so much for posting the information about the UVM landscape site. Great stuff. Enjoying your blog. jimcubie@gmail.com

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  2. Jon,
    Welcome.
    Sounds like an interesting layout you have planned. There were numerous alternate routings planned for the CV in the 19th century - most of them made more sense from an engineering stand point but the leading investors/owners of the line had other ideas - mostly about routing the line through and near places where they owned property!
    There is a CV Yahoo Group - it's not horribly active anymore but there are a few posts from time to time:
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CV_RR/info

    And I assume you already belong to the CV Historical Society? The quarterly newsletter is an excellent source of information.

    Marty

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