Going forward from here it is just the fun stuff of building structures, equipment and scenery, and of coarse, operating trains. I still have to finish laying the track to the turntables at Danbury CT and State Line MA.
Last weekend I built a circuit and installed the wiring for the signals at Berkshire junction, next the signals will have to be assembled and installed. While on the subject of signals, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dick Yager, the owner of Oregon Rail Supply. I have enjoyed building his signal kits in the past. Dick was always eager to answer any questions I had about his kits. He will be missed, I hope Oregon Rail Supply can continue.
I thought it was a good time to post some pictures of the layout at it's present state.
This first photo below shows the isle that has four modeled locations, two on each side of the isle.
Top left is Danbury CT, the hub of the layout.
Bottom left is State Line MA, this is where the NH interchanges with the Boston & Albany.
Top right is New Milford CT.
Bottom right is Rising junction MA, at this junction the State Line branch departs the Berkshire Line for State Line interchange yard and the Berkshire continues northward to Pittsfield MA.
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There are also five staging areas in this isle. They are for, Maybrook NY interchange yard, Cedar Hill classification yard at New Haven CT, Pittsfield MA and the staging for the Boston & Albany interchange trains. The fifth and the only visible staging in this photo is sandwiched between the Danbury and State Line levels, this staging is for NYC destinations, three freight cars can be seen in the photo at the siding designated for Oak Point yard traffic.
The 2nd 3rd photos are a closer look at Danbury CT.
4th & 5th, New Milford CT.
6th & 7th, Rising junction MA.
8th & 9th, State Line Ma. interchange yard.
The next photo is an overall view of the isle with two modeled locations. Berkshire junction on top and the mill town of Housatonic Ma. on the lower level. Sandwiched in between the upper and lower levels is the intermediate staging yard for towns located on the Berkshire between New Milford CT and Rising MA.
The next two photos are a closer look at Berkshire junction (Signal Station 199).
Two freight cars can be seen at one of the sidings on the intermediate staging yard level in the second photo. The edge of the plywood just above the freight cars is where the last fascia panel will go after the terrain is completed between the tracks and the front edge of the layout at Berkshire junction.
The last photos are Housatonic MA.
Unfortunately I have no "Model Railroader Magazine" type layout plan to post on this blog. I completed a one inch to the foot plan on graph paper before starting construction on this layout, it is to big for me to scan and frankly rough looking.
I will draw a schematic of the layout and post it next time.
This is not a big layout, but there is plenty of staging, therefore I hope it will operate like one!