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. 




Scenery on the NNES

The Northern New England Scenic Model Railroad is designed to showcase some of the great scenic spots I have enjoyed throughout my life in NH.  The selection of N scale was partly motivated by my desire for recreating scenic vistas and recognizable spots.

Madison, NH

Madison is a fairly recent addition to my scenic favorite spots.  Riding the Silver Lake railroad is a family fun ride on open air railcars similar to those found at amusement parks.  But the ride is beautiful, running between eskers and along marshes with beaver trails amongst the marsh grasses.  The eskers and marsh feature prominantly between Madison and North Conway on the layout.

North Conway, NH

The iconic Conway station will eventually appear beside the yard in North Conway, NH on the layout.  Behind the station the backdrop depicts the ridge of mountains that include Mt Cranmore.

Arethusa Falls

Scenic Arethusa falls is my favorite waterfall in NH.  With a total height of approximately 160 feet, the falls begin with a cascading set of short drops that suddenly plunge well over 100 feet down the cliff face and then cascading further over exposed flat rocks. Note that estimates of the height of the falls varies greatly, from 100 to 200 feet.  But the 160 feet total height which includes the initial drop above the main cliff  drop seems to be the most widely accepted central estimate and will be the basis for my modelling.  This stopping point along the trail to Frankenstein Trestle is both beautiful and refreshing.  Arethusa falls will be perched high above the top of the helix, starting the upper level of the layout.  The mountainside and falls will be on a removable base allowing access to the top of the helix or the ability to stand inside the helix for maintenance purposes.

Frankenstein Trestle

No train bridge in NH is more iconic than Frankenstein Trestle, nestled along the cliffs on the climb from Bartlett up to Crawford Notch.  The upper level of the layout will feature the trestle in its full glory without compression, stretching approximately 3 feet of N scale trestle from end to end.

Willey Bridge

Further into the notch we cross Willey bridge, and adjacent Wiley House.  While Willey House is no longer present on the prototype, the structure remained in the 1960s and will appear with Willey bridge between Frankenstein Trestle and the top of Crawford Notch.

Saco Lake and  the View from Crawford Station

The highest point along the road through Crawford Notch is the location of Crawford Station.  Saco Lake lies north across the road from the station and will be partially represented at the front of this spot on the layout.  Across the road we will see the station and the almost limitless expansive view beyond to be depicted on the backdrop.  Historic Crawford House will complete the scene west of the station with little if any compression.