The Boston & Maine Division follows the prototype's Fitchburg Division main from East Deerfield, MA west to Mechanicville, NY including the branch to Troy, NY. All of the operating positions are "map-correct" with the west to your left. The cities and towns represented are from east to west, East Deerfield, Greenfield, Charlemont, and North Adams in Massachusetts, and Eagle Bridge, Johnsonville, Troy, and Mechanicville in New York. The Rutland Division is comprised primarily of North Bennington, Vermont, with a spur to Bennington and staging for Rutland. Set in the late 1950s, the towns and cities represented are modeled to convey the flavor of the prototype rather than attempt to faithfully model particular structures on the prototype. While there is no attempt to be prototypically accurate, some structures are modeled using prototype photographs as guides. The layout is HO scale.
The layout is located in the basement of the Duffé home. The Boston & Maine portion of the layout fills two rooms while the Rutland branch penetrates a wall and occupies another corner of the basement. The main line runs through the main room a couple of times passing through nine towns that feature more than twenty industries served by rail. Motive power consists of mostly first-generation diesel locomotives. The rolling stock fleet consists of heavy-weight passenger cars and a large assortment of freight cars of varying types. Equipment on the two divisions is representative of the real Boston and Maine and Rutland. While most train activity is local freights there is an occasional passenger run thrown in to make things interesting. Model buildings represent the actual structures found at prototype locations. Structures are a mix of kits, kit-bashes and scratch built representations of the prototype. Track is a mixture of hand-laid code 83, 70, and 55 rail. Scenery is 100% complete.
This layout can accomodate around six active trains. Power and control of trains is provided by an NCE DCC system. Operational control is by CTC and signals.
Locale: Western Massachusetts and Eastern New York
Prototype: Boston & Maine & Rutland
Era: Late transition
Layout Size: 18' x 42'
Trackage: Code 83, code 70 and code 55
Construction: Open grid
Control: NCE DCC
Backdrop: 50% of layout
Parking: In driveway and on street
Layout Visits: Yes
Operation Sessions: Yes