Layouts (Information available as of 12/20/2021)

The Connecticut Yankee 2022 will offer visits to local layouts as well as display layouts in the ballroom. One of the long-time staples of NER conventions are visits to home layouts in the local area. These visits will be scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and Saturday morning. Please watch this space for a listing of layouts that will be open as they are committed.

Bob Cochran's 'Green Mountain'. Bob says "My layout is loosely based on the Bellows Falls Subdivision of the Vermont Rail System and Rutland Railway from the 60’s to present set in late summer to early fall. I operate with a mix of RS1, RS3, GP38 & GP40 locomotives. The main yard is Rutland with anadditional yard at North Walpole NH and local switching. All locos are sound equipped. Layout size is 25’ x 22’ and is a point to point with a loop. We use NCE DCC for train control and scenery is 95% complete. I use switch lists along with verbal train orders. I have recently added signals which I built myself from parts. I have also have built a CTC panel with JMRI that I use to control signals and turnouts on the mainline.

Bob Murphy's 'New Haven'. Bob says "My New Haven Railroad is a model of my past. My father was a conductor and a trainmaster for the New Haven. Among his best memories, Bob’s father took him along to work on the Airline, where he remembers switching the New Haven Trap Rock plant (as it was called then) in East Wallingford, the Middletown yard, and the CL&P coal fired power plant in Middletown. My layout captures many of those and other memories. It measures 25' X 32', has two large yards, staging yard and features custom painted New Haven equipment. The New Haven ran substantial length trains on its Maybrook, Shoreline and Norwich lines so he also wanted the ability to run trains of 25 to 30 cars. The railroad has a signaled main line and runs on NCE DCC. Scenery is virtually 100% complete and beautiful.

Ken Harstine's 'Southern Pacific'. Ken says "My layout represents the Southern Pacific's Donner Pass from Roseville to Truckee cir. 1969. The layout room is L shaped and measures 31' x 23' in the extremes. The layout is point to point in a split level arrangement without a helix. It is designed for operations. It is single track with lots of passing sidings. Basic train order and timetables are currently used to control the layout. The layout is in N Scale. When complete the run length will be 250 feet. This works out to 7.5 scale miles. The mainline is presently more than half complete.

Mark Herrick's 'BNSF Montana Division. Mark says "The 20x24 layout is open grid around the wall with a center peninsula using homosote over plywood roadbed. Two levels are connected by a four-turn helix with a second three turn helix dropping to lower level staging. The mainline starts at Spokane yard and includes hidden 12 track staging. The main continues through areas including Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, Tunnels at Fisher River, Flathead Tunnel, Whitefish, Issac Walton Inn Essex, Snow Sheds, Two Medicine Trestle. The main ends at Shelby Yard with a 12-track staging yard in the open representing a crew change location. Scenery is 15% complete with all track and signals operational.

Dwight Sturtavant has two layouts. His home layout is 'The Palmer Model RR'. Dwight says "The Palmer Model Railroad features several yards and industries, plus a trolley line. The trolley has overhead wire, but it doesn't provide power to the trolleys. SCALE is N scale (1:160) standard gauge. It takes up half of the basement in my home. the era is the 1950's to the 1990's. Layout height is 42". The home layout is a mixture of DCC and DC power. Structures are kits and kitbashed kits." The second layout is a modular show layout named "The New Middleton & Stony Point RR". The scale is N scale. The layout is an 8' x 16' modular show layout that can be transported to shows and displayed. It features DC power."

Jim Mayo's 'Shreveport & Central Mississippi'. Jim says "My railroad is a double deck layout that runs point to point. There is a lower level staging yard representing Shreveport, La. and a vertical staging yard representing Meridian, Ms. There is an approximately 200 foot mainline run with 36 inch radius curves and a grade of no greater than 2%. The railroad was designed and built for operations, with a wide range of operating skills being accommodated. Power and control is supplied by NCE with radio and tethered throttles available. Operations are controlled by a dispatcher using a modified version of track warrant control utilizing check blocks (much like how Amtrak dispatches CSX on the North East Corridor).

John Sacerdote's 'Berlin, Bangor and Maine'. John says "It’s September 26, 1959, and autumn is just starting to show. The Berlin, Bangor and Maine Railroad is doing well. The BB&M is considered a “southern division” of the BAR, the modeled areas stretching from Oakland, ME through Northern Maine Junction and terminating in Eastport, ME. There are interchanges with the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, B&M, MEC, Belfast & Moosehead Lake, BAR, Aroostook Valley and the LCLRwy, a narrow gauge logging railroad, with interchange in Waterville, ME. There is an extensive branch line that parallels the coast from Machias and Machiasport to Bucks Harbor as well. If you look hard enough, you’ll see Alco’s lettered for the New Haven as well as the Rutland." The layout is HO and HOn3, and is 20' x 20' and 15' x 20' in size. Trackwork is handlaid code 83, code 70 and code 55. Train conrol is DCC using a NCE system.

Bill Duffe’s ‘LKJ&W RAILROAD’. Bill says “The LKJ&W is the fictional holding company of the Boston & Maine Division and the Rutland Division. The railroad occupies an 18 x 42 foot space. The railroad is set in the late transition era and follows the Fitchburg Division from Boston to Mechanicville and the branch to Troy. The Rutland Division runs from Troy to North Bennington and Rutland. In each location structures were built that would have been located in the area where they are placed. My philosophy is to presents the ‘flavor’ of an area rather than trying to model exact replicas of the prototype. Trackage is ninety-eight percent handlaid code 83, 70 and 55. The LKJ&W is powered by NCE tethered throttles. The railroad is fully scenicked and was begun in 1984 with the last section completed in 2021.

Randy Hammill’ s ‘New Britain Station’. Randy says “I model the New Haven Railroad in New Britain, CT from 1946-1954. It’s a double-deck layout, the upper deck is scenicked and the lower deck is staging. Designed to be as close to the prototype as possible in a 10’ x 20’ space, plus additions, the station and yard area is modeled between 70 and 80% to scale. I’ve been recording my progress (or lack thereof) on my website for over 14 years. In addition to the site and blog, there’s a link to sign up for notices of ops sessions.”