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V1 – Gilman Vermont Track Plan

Below is a closer look at the portion of the XTrackCAD track plan for the Gilman, VT portion of the layout.  This area of the layout is the upper level above the peninsula that features Dover and Madison on the main level.  Gilman is supported by the scenic divider and the wall to the right.

Gilman VT Track Plan
Gilman VT Track Plan

At the upper right, the track enters the area from the Crawford Notch area.  The turnout shown is present to enable future expansion of the upper level along the wall.  While I did not have the space to represent the unique crossing configuration at Whitefield NH, this location marks the point where the Maine Central running east and west crossed with the Boston and Maine tracks running more northeasterly to southwesterly  Given our vantage point, this will enable the track along the wall behind the short scenic divider to extend southwest towards Woodsville VT and on to White River Junction in the future when additional track rights are obtained from the household zoning authority.

The passing siding along the north side of the diagram would be east of the turnout to the paper mill on the prototype, but the location here will still serve effectively, holding 10-12 cars while switching the paper mill.  There will be room for a swither to run around the siding without requiring the drop in duck under section to be present.

The paper mill track configuration is very close to the prototype, but compressed, particularly the angle north to south being shallower than on the prototype to fit the narrower width north to south of the peninsula.  The mill buildings themselves will occupy approximately 5 feet of length east-west, representing 800 scale feet of the paper mill. The prototype mill is 1200 feet long.  But since I am not representing the very long easternmost building of the mill, only about 10% compression should be required for the portion modeled.  The main variation will be the straight alignment of the buildings along the edge to fit the layout footprint available.

At the upper left, you can see the drop in duck under that will only be present and used when doing continuous running on the top level, which will be a pretty infrequent occurrence.