Coming Soon!  NNE Scenic Model Railroad V2!

It has been over a year since version 1 of the NNE Scenic Model Railroad made its way to the dumpster in preparation for the big move to Ohio.

The NNE Scenic version 2 is beginning to take shape, and will begin to make its way to these pages soon.  The pages for V1 will be retained as historical pages, but the new layout in a bigger space will become the main focus of the site.



NNEScenic V1 Main Page Information

Welcome to the historical archive of V1 of the Northern New England Scenic Model Railroad. 

This layout was oriinally titled the MEC and B&M Scenic Railroad, but with the creation of this website, it was renamed to be independent of choice of period and railroads.  The NNES was a proto-freelance N scale layout modelling portions of the Maine Central (MEC) and Boston & Maine railroads circa 1965.  I would like to explain my philosophy and decision-making approach that led to the layout and locations on it.  All of the locations on the layout were real locations that saw traffic in the period of the layout, roughly late September in any of the years of the period from 1960-1968.  The optimal target date was September 21, 1965, but I chose to allow for any equipment, traffic, structures or other aspects of the locations modeled that would be applicable during the years 1960-1968.  The choice of an early fall date as the optimal target related to my choice to model fall foliage at varying stages of color from early color in the Dover area through peak foliage in the areas from Crawford Notch to Gilman, VT.

My aim for the track work was to attempt to model yards and station track arrangements with as close to the correct number and arrangement of tracks and turnouts as my space allowed.  Wherever possible, I attempted to avoid the need for significant compression, but yard lengths in particular saw substantial compression.  Of course, distances between locations were compressed to fairly short lengths as would be true on any model railroad.  Most structures did not require any compression.  I also reserved the prerogative to omit tracks that I did not have room for and added the occasional additional spur or siding to enhance the operational interest of the layout.  While the layout was built more for scenic qualities, I did intend some amount of operations and wanted to ensure the layout could be reasonable and fun to operate with 2 to 4 individuals. 

As with the track work, I intended to model many structures in a manner that was sufficiently accurate for an individual familiar with the structures to recognize them as a pretty good representation.  Over time, my modeling skills will undoubtedly improve, but it was not my intention to achieve perfect or even near-prefect fidelity.  Rather, when looking at the track arrangements, structures, and scenery of the layout, I wanted my visitors to recognize elements with which they were familiar and to feel they were seeing a good representation of the real locations without getting too hung up on very slight variations or modifications.

I hope these pages will prove to be of interest to individuals familiar with the areas or who are also modelling some of these areas.  I also hope the future pages on the techniques I use and step by step walk-throughs of future projects will be helpful to others. 




Track Plan

The track plan for the NNE Scenic (formerly the MEC and B&M Scenic as labelled) consists of a lower hidden staging level, a middle Main level with multiple stations, and an upper mostly scenic level that terminates at a large paper mill in Gilman, VT.

Here is the original track plan for the middle Main level:


 Notice the various 60 degree and 120 degree angles.  Those represent the actual room shape.  The left, upper, and right sides of the layout are fully along the room walls.  The lower right area in front of Dover, NH is open room space.  Because the layout is not especially large and would never have more than one individual in the innermost areas either in Madison NH or in the area to the upper left near the wye, I kept the aisles fairly narrow, at roughly 24 inches.  That is wide enough either for one person to stand or for me to roll my office chair around to work on the main level from a sitting position.  A standard office chair will fit at any point of the layout.

Height of the main level starts at approximately 34 inches in Dover, NH and climbs to about 37 inches in Bartlett.  While this is lower than traditional, this allows me two advantages.  First, I am not able to stand for long periods of time in one spot, and certainly not bend for long periods.  This height allows me to do almost all of my main level layout work sitting in a rolling office chair.  Second, it allows me 21 inches of separation between the main level and the underside of the sub-roadbed for the upper level, which starts at 55 inches.  Since I am 6' tall, I can work on the upper level standing and individuals standing by the layout get a good more level view of the scenic upper level while maintaining a fairly complete view of the main level without being blocked substantially by the valance.

Below is the current track plan for the upper level:

The upper level includes plans for a removable duck-under that will allow for continuous looping on the upper level at the same time as continuous looping between the main level and the under layout staging.  During most operations, this duck under would be removed and the approach tracks electrically isolated.

Finally, here is the plan for the under layout staging:

More detailed information and exploded views of sections of the track plan can be found on the track plan detail pages.