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, Enosburg Falls, and Richford.
Theme/Approach: Prototype influenced - meaning allowances for "adjustments" as needed and desired. 
Period: Early 1950s - season ???
Scale: HO (1:87.1)
Layout Size (roughly): 14 x 30
Style: Around the walls oval 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: Plywood
Roadbed: Cork, trimmed to width of ties. HO scale cork on mainlines, transitioning to N scale cork on sidings.
Track: Micro Engineering Code 70. Micro Engineering turnouts. Some special turnouts handlaid. (Note: Some temporary track Peco/Atlas code 83 to get up and running).
Mainline Run (approx.): ???
Maximum Grade: 0%
Minimum Radius: 36” main; 30” industrial sidings
Power & Control: NCE DCC with radio throttles; turnouts manually thrown unless reach-in jeopardizes finished structures/scenery.
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.


Anonymous said...

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

Alan said...

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!

Unknown said...


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.


CVSNE said...

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

Matthieu Lachance said...

I railfanned the area last weekend, skirting along the boundary line up to Richford. Now I perfectly understand why you wanted to model that branchline! Great location!

David Keith said...

Will you be posting a current plan that matches the railroad you have constructed. You did put a town at staging and move staging behind interchange.

I like the continuous run through the interchange tracks.

It's been interesting watching your progression from the Ian Rice influenced days, to an attempt at Sn3, to a grand layout with multiple decks and this simple Richford Branch. While inspired by prototype, you're applying significant freelance to it, to make it work for you. Thanks for sharing on both blog and youtube.