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. 




Bartlett Track Plan

Below is a closer look at the portion of the XTrackCAD track plan for the North Conway, NH portion of the layout.  The compass directions shift by 90 degrees for this section of the layout.  Whereas the B&M portions of the layout run south to north, the Maine central portions shift west at Intervale.  At this point, east is to the right and west is to the left.  The observer in the aisle is on the south side looking north acros the tracks. (This will shift again when we get to the upper level.)


Bartlett NH Track Plan
Bartlett Track Plan

Due to the layout room shape with the walls of the room forming the 60 degree angle corner, this track plan, which is straight throughout on the prototype, employs a fairly sharp curve between the Bartlett freight house and town area and the Bartlett yard.  At the bottom right, the easternmost section of Bartlett on the layout, starts with the freight house alongside the tracks.  Behind the freight house (left of it on the diagram) is a commercial building of some sort.  Across the street is a small residential neighborhood with a mixture of residential and non-residential buildings alongside the roads. 

One significant departure from the prototype is the location of the wye on the layout.  On the prototype, the wye was located to the south of the tracks, on the aisle side of the layout.  Based on the room geometry, I took advantage of the tight corner for the wye.  This serves not only as a way to turn locomotives around on this section of the layout, but also has future potential for extending the layout through the wall to the adjacent room someday if my pipe dream of doing so were ever to pass the local in-home zoning authority.  It is a long shot but it would offer the potential to extend the Maine Central from Intervale into Maine to the Portland area.  You will see in the diagram that I did keep a curved spur extending into the residential area from the yard.  This would have been one of the actual tracks of the wye on the prototype.  I kept that section specifically to improve yard operations.

The yard track configuration is, to the best of my research, fairly accurate for the period, though some of the sidings on the north side closer to the wall may have been fairly buried by 1965.  At that time, only a single track remained approaching the roundhouse, and the roundhouse was already in deteriorating condition externally.  Below is a sketch done by Ted Houghton(1) that depicts his rendition of the track plan in 1965.  This seems to validate the number of sidings present, though my need to reverse the direction of the wye and some compression forcing one pair of turnouts to be moved do differ from the sketch.


To the west of the roundhouse (down right in the paper track plan sketch just abobe) I include the street beyond and some additional houses present in that area.


(1) Note:  Sketch attributed to Ted Houghton is copyright Ted Houghton and is inline-linked here by express permission.