Friday, February 1, 2019

A bit more of Andrews yard......

Continuing to look at the yard we come to the coal house sitting on the turntable lead. I based the model on the Albion coal house but shortened it to better fit the space I had. (the entire yard sits on an 80" by 24" solid core door.)

I started on a model of the WW&F's Crosby tank which was located just south of the real Albion yard.  Styrene construction with a "home made spout" made from rolled paper! The prototype tank was shingled but I'll probably paint it up for now as the idea of cutting 1,000 shingles is not floating my boat!
The station in Andrews began life as a model of the little station of Fork's Creek on the Colorado and Southern.  I was able to use it by adding a small extension to the right side which houses the stairs to the second floor.  She looks a bit like her counterpart (in Albion) but her smaller size better fits the space I had available.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The little town of Andrews is beginning to shape up.

It's almost Feb. and I want to keep the blog as current as possible. I've got some guys coming over in February for an operations session and we will be breaking in a new timetable for the trains operating on the railway.
As I said previously, I'm modeling a bit of the WW&F and a bit of the SR&RL's. This allows me to model a branch line which looks a little like Wiscasset and Albion.  Another branch represents the Kingfield area on the Sandy River.  There is also a short branch (in and out of a single track staging yard) called Franklin.  All three of these branches come into the town of Troy, (aka Strong) where cars are switched out, the majority heading down the mainline to the Maine Central interchange at Burnham Jct.
While nowhere near prototypical it allows 3-4 operators to stay pretty busy for a 5hr. session.
The majority of the trains are "mixed runs" but there are a couple of First class Passenger trains running between Troy and Burnham Jct. where folks can board MC trains heading down to Portland.

My end of the line town of Andrews was named for author and modeler Dick Andrews. I was really drawn to Dick's style of writing and his cartoonish artwork in the articles he did for the Gazette.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dick during the 8th National Narrow Gauge Convention as he had done the artwork for the convention T-shirts we were selling.
The town of Andrews tries to capture some of the sights of the Albion yard on the Wiscasset line.
Fellow WW&F modeler (and blogger) Brian Bond had graciously given me a model of the engine house that needed only a bit of weathering.



I've made a start on a small frame turntable for Andrews. It's in place and working however I still need to finish the upper supporting structure, but at least operators can now turn their engine for the morning milk train.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Wow, it's been three years since my last post….shame, shame, shame! That said, a lot of progress has been made on my On30 Sheepscot & Sandy River Rwy. (she was originally named the Sheepscot Rwy. but I felt there was too much of the SR&RL's being built to ignore the reference)

The railway is a composite of the WW&F and the SR&RL's with scenes that reflect (not exactly) actual places on both roads. For instance on the SR&RL's side, my railway begins at Burnham Jct. with a connection to the Maine Central. The line passes through a small junction called So. Troy and then on to Troy, Maine (which looks a bit like Strong on the SR&RL).
From Troy there are two additional branch lines, one to a place called Unity Mills (aka, Kingfield) and a second line to the WW&F section of the layout featuring Sheepscot, a place with the essence of Wiscassett and then finally heading up to Andrews, Me. again looking a lot like Albion on the WW&F.

Confusing, probably, but it allows me to model places of some importance on both lines where visitors who know the the Maine "lilliput" roads will usually recognize.





I built the S&SR Rwy. to "operate" by a small group (3-4) so the three "branches" make sense. Trains begin out of either Troy yard or up in Unity Mills (like they did in Kingfield). The towns along the line were designed to give the operator approx. 30 real time minutes of work before moving on. The way the railway is laid out there are two junctions (not including the std. gauge jct. at Burnham) where trains will meet, adding additional work time to the runs as they pass each other. Ops sessions run so far show  runs of 1 hr. per job.  After a job is run we usually switch jobs allowing each operator to try their hand at each of the jobs on the railway. Ops sessions can easily run 3-4 hrs.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Update for Jan. 2014

I've been spending some time working on the layout in between jobs and home remodeling efforts.
I've gotten all the trackage down on the section that's built and dummied up a big loop around the room so that I can watch trains run while working on the layout. Nice to see and hear trains running again.
 This shows a bit of "road construction" near the station. I used pieces of foamcore board glued down. Then added a bit of drywall compound to give it some texture. Painted it with the ten color I'm using as the basic, general ground color.
 So.....I decided I'd go ahead and use the "proper" station at Strong.....(I think I'm going to go with the prototype naming scheme rather than going with made up names.) So....this junction town will be named Strong, just like it was on the SR&RL.
 This building is a model of the New England Creamery which was located on a spur in Strong. I cut the building in two and used both "halves" up against the backdrop. My shelf is only 24" wide so I've got to make the most of the space for trackage. The Creamery is located right behind the station.
The larger building was originally a large flooring mill on my old West Virginia logging layout. I was able to reuse in Strong as the mill and warehouse of the Foster wood mill which produced toothpicks that were sent out in SR&RL boxcars down to Framington where they were reloaded into Maine Central boxcars headed in all directions.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tom, where have you been??!

Since 2013 is almost at it's end, I figured I better get back to working on my blog. The good news is, I've been able to get some good work done on the yard at Troy. All trackwork is in and working well. I can run a train in from staging and work the local companies. 

Here's how I've decided to lay the turnouts. The idea is to be able to install the slide switches I use for throwing the points and routing power to the frog.  As you can see, the thin plywood is a perfect match for the n-scale cork roadbed I'm using under the flex track. I like this method because it allows me to work on the turnout at the workbench, get everything working right and then install it on the layout. I found that the slide switches work themselves loose if mounted directly into the black sheathing I use.



I've repainted a station I had on my old WVa. logging line in the new Sheepscot colors of dark green and light gray and I think she looks pretty good in the Troy yard.  I have a kit of the Sandy River's station at Strong to replace her in the future.
The large structure in the background is another building I had on the old layout. With a coat of weathered white paint I think it will serve nicely as one of the large mills that produced wood "novelty" products like chair spindles and table legs etc. Strong Me. had several of these wood mills and kept the Sandy River busy with carloads of product headed to Farmington and the Maine Central RR.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Finally getting some track laid.....

 This is the "end of the line" at Troy, Me.  There will be a turntable here and a two stall stone engine house.  The Sheepscot railway will head both north to Kingsmill and south to the docks located at Sheepscot.
 You can see here that I'm playing around with different track locations to find a good mix of necessary trackwork for prototype operation as well as enough room for structures and some scenic elements that will help define Troy as a junction point on the railway, similar to the town of Strong on the SR&RL.
 Forney #5 sits on on the two stalls at the stone enginehouse.  You can see below that I'm  using hollow core doors as the base of the railroad support structure. There is a sheet of 1/2" black house sheathing on top of the door.  The Micro Engineering flextrack I'm using will be installed on N scale cork roadbed to raise it up just a bit above grade.
It's been a couple of months since my last post.  Now that the holidays are over and my remodeling has slowed down a bit I've found some time to work on my Sheepscot Railway.  I'm following a plan by noted English modeler Iain Rice. Iain has a great way of capturing the look and flavor of the railroads he researches and then models. In his Sheepscot plan he captures two very interesting and photogenic Maine 2' railroad yards. His plan does a nice job of replicating the yard and junction at Strong, Me. on the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR. and also the lower yard on the Waterville, Wisscasset and Farmington Railway at Wiscasset. Combining these two very busy places on their respective roads allows me to model some of the best the Maine 2' railroads have to offer modelers like myself. Strong Me. was a very busy place where the line from Kingfield joined the SR&RL mainline. Trains moved up and down the Kingfield line several times a day, that and the regular Sandy River traffic offers a lot of prototype operation here.  The lower yard at Wiscassett on the WW&F was a very photographic place to view the little narrow gauge line that ended it's line on a series of docks stretching out and onto the Sheepscot river.  This is the spot where coastal schooners would tie up and load lumber cut at sawmills on the Wiscassett line. There was also a creamery located on the docks that would receive insulated boxcars carrying milk from the farms up along the line. Wiscassett offers me the ability to model a large dock area with different structures built up on the wharfs and a place to build a model of one of the coastal sailing ships that regularly tied up at Wiscasset.

I took some photos of the track I've laid this week in the yard at Strong.  On my line, I'm going to model the yard at Strong but vary it slightly and rename it as Troy, Me. another small Maine town my brother lives in.  I think the name Troy will serve nicely as a stand in for the Strong yard.  I'm doing this because I'm not really modeling the Sandy River RR or the WW&F per say, but rather modeling my own little Maine railway that "could have been".  Changing the names of towns like Strong to Troy keeps the "flavor" but gives me the modeling license I need to build my rr the way I want to.

Saturday, December 22, 2012





Dec. 22  I wonder how many folks are commenting about the Mayan "end of the world" scenario! Well, I'm glad I'm still able to hang out here on earth for a couple of more years! ;^)




Started moving stuff around in the train room.  I'm going to need a ton of small shelving units to slide under the layout to hold all the "stuff" that doesn't end up "on top" of the layout.

The sloping ceilings really cut into the space I have available and I'm wondering if I should build the layout at a lower height (chairs with rollers height vs standing height). This would significantly expand the available floor space but might be a bit to goofy for visitors who would be looking at a lot of rooftops instead of straight on at the models.

More research is needed.......(finally figured out how to post a photo! yeah)