New Hampshire railroading

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by thedowneaster, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. thedowneaster

    thedowneaster Brakeman

    I wanted to share a few shots of my railroad in the New Hampshire section. (My railroad focuses on Boston, Noth Station and points north.)

    Pan Am (Guilford) freight parked on a sweeping curve near Plaistow, NH on a warm spring afternoon.

    Guilford GP40 hauling a local freight north while a PT S3 switcher handles Ciment Quebec.


    Maine Central S3 #961 is positioning a trio of loaded sand hoppers over the grates.

    The Caterpillar loader is ready to spring to life once the hopper doors are opened!

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  2. bulldogowner

    bulldogowner Destroyer of Spam Moderator

    Absolutely stunning!! A real work of art... One request...could you post a distance pic of the entire layout?
  3. S class

    S class Member

    the quanitity of these fine images supplied is insuffiecent to meet my needs thus I must politely yell "MOAR!!!!!!!!!!!"

    also any chance of a track plan with the next batch?
  4. thedowneaster

    thedowneaster Brakeman

    Thanks guys...I had a little trouble with the photo posting. I didn't realize that the attached photos were displayed without using "insert image."

    Photo1 - Pan Am Rail...pan shot!
    Photo2 - Ciment Quebec and aggregate unloading
    Photo3 - Unfinished curve
    img 4 - paint sketch of lower layout with staging yards
    img5 - paint sketch showing visible parts of upper and lower layout

    The Upper layout is still in the benchwork phase. It will be an automatic reversing layout for MBTA and Amtrak Downeaster commuter trains. The green track is for MBTA green line trolley service. The commuter trains will be on a grade 5 or 6 inches higher than the green line and roadways.

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  5. mAceMan

    mAceMan New Member

    Would you mind sharing how you will/have recreate/d the Green Line trolleys? I've been doing a lot of searching lately for MBTA subway cars & trolleys and the only thing I have come across is the shells produced by (

    The layout looks great, thanks for sharing!
  6. thedowneaster

    thedowneaster Brakeman

    Sure! I have 4 sets of the old IHC/Mehano Boeing LRCs. These are the type which Seashore Trolley museum just acquired. The models are pretty basic, but I think they have good potential. I will be adding details and decals, and maybe installing Bowser mechanisms.
  7. S class

    S class Member

    are the two levels connected or are they seperate?
  8. thedowneaster

    thedowneaster Brakeman

    The two levels are isolated from each other...but this is a temporary situation. I'll be moving in a few years to a new location. If the new space allows, I will rearrange the configuration to allow both levels to be on the same plane.

    While the rails do not connect, the scenery will.
  9. craftsmaster

    craftsmaster craftsmaster

    Hey! Is it for real? This is the coolest train set I've ever seen so far. Looking forward for more details and decals.
  10. thedowneaster

    thedowneaster Brakeman

    Thanks! :)

    I'm hoping to get some work done on my North Station section this weekend! Updates to follow...
  11. craftsmaster

    craftsmaster craftsmaster

    Hi Downeaster,

    What is the mainline ballast size used for this Ho scale trains?

  12. thedowneaster

    thedowneaster Brakeman

    The mainline ballast is Woodland Scenics brand Medium gray blend. The sidings use a finer stone...and in the case of the gravel pit, I used sand.

    Sand should be avoided normally since it's bad for gears, it can damage wheel platings, and it may contain iron particles.
  13. craftsmaster

    craftsmaster craftsmaster

    Hi thedowneaster,

    Does it keep the tracks aligned and allow for adequate drainage?
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