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 Subject :2014 FREE Model Railroad Layout Tour.. 03-01-2014 11:50:21 
Roland Morin
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This year's tour date is Saturday, April 5th 2014 and include layouts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

For more information see below, and for layout pics and driving directions, go to the official website.

 

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Layout List:

FREE LAYOUT TOUR #14

Self-guided model railroad Open House             12 layouts open this year featuring 1 new layout and updates to many others. Please                                check below to see the layouts that are open this year


SATURDAY April 5th 2014 from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Look for Orange signs


1. New England and Western
Bill Robertson
63 Frontier Drive

Attleboro , MA . 02703

Tel # 1-508-222-7776

 

The New England and Western is a large freelance HO scale railroad, which models New England prototypes of the steam era with numerous interesting line side structures suitable for that period. The layout is operated by NCE DCC system control with sound. The layout features car card freight operation. The scenery is about 90% completed with some very interesting scenes depicting life in the early to mid part of the 20th century. Lou Sassi has photographed Bill’s layout and it is in the July 2013  Model Railroader article. For an on board camera video tour type the url below into your computer search engine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayqllcPARrk

2. Old Colony & South Shore Railroad

Cliff Coutinho

THIS  LAYOUT IS NOT OPEN THIS YEAR WATCH FOR US NEXT YEAR



 

 

3. Aquidneck Valley RR

Ed Silvia

232 Honeyman Ave,

Middletown, RI
Tel #401-846- 3436

 

The AVRR is a large HO railroad occupying two rooms, one 20x24, and the other 26x10. The minimum  radius is 30 inches and all the track work is complete. The scenery is about 90% complete. The total track laid is about 1300 feet. Trains are powered by diesels, and controlled by a Digitrax DCC radio system with sound. The railroad has two large freight yards, numerous industries, including 3 coalmines, an ore mine, and gravel processing plant, many bridges, in an eastern mountainous setting. The layout was featured in the November 2004 Model Railroader. To see a video of the Aquidneck Valley go to    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXg-3zFaTqk

4 . Providence & Worcester

Donald Irace
11 Road C,

North Scituate, RI
Tel #401-647-2455


This 42’x25’ double decked railroad is located in the basement. Enter from garage. It is a fictitious track plan between Worcester Ma. and Queens N.Y. It models the Providence &Worcester Railroad  as a regional freight carrier with trackage rights on the Amtrak’s northeast corridor. Commodities include  Paper goods, coal, stone, plastic resins, produce, lumber, grain, cement, chemicals, general merchandise and

scrap metals. Interchange is made with CSX Transportation, Sea View a shortline

railroad located in Davisville, RI, New England Central Railroad in Ct and the Guilford Rail System in Gardner Ma,  The railroad is Dispatcher controlled by means of computerized CTC (Centralized Traffic Control) using two dispatchers. One on site and the 2nd which is located in Georgia.  For more info see the P & W website at http://www.trainweb.org/pwmrr or visit us on facebook.

Using Google   Type in  11 road C No. Scituate,  RI 02857 not North Scituate.

5   Quebec & New England Railway

Jim Reddington and Associates

THIS LAYOUT IS NOT OPEN THIS YEAR WATCH FOR US NEXT YEAR

 

 

 

6.  Rhode Haven Railroad

Marshall Sommer

Ski Valley Condominiums

80 Fisher Road   Unit #62

Cumberland, R.I. 02864

Tel #1-401-333-9647

The Rhode Haven is a freelanced HO railroad using New Haven power.  If all goes well trains will run this year. It is set in the 1930’s through 1940’s era.  Since I live in a condo I do not have a lot of room in the basement so I used two rooms with a duck under to try and incorporate as much railroading as possible. A third room was added in 2013 and is under construction. The main room consists of a large city and yard and the small room has a smaller town and country. The railroad features many craftsman kits as well as kit bashed and scratch built structures. The harbor peninsula is now complete and features a large waterfront area with many structures, boats and a branch line. Progress has been made this year with a new addition and additional mainline, leading to the eventual elimination of the duck under. This will also make space for more of Marshall’s craftsman and scratch built structures. Marshall was  lucky enough to have Lou Sassi shoot the layout which was published in February 2010  Model Railroader. The layout is also featured in a Model Railroad Masters DVD by FOS. Directions to Fisher Rd can be found in Google maps.  Once you get to Fisher Rd. you go up all the way until you get to a small post office on the right. Take the first right after the post office, go up the hill and take a left at the stone wall  Continue straight and look for # 62 on the left. If you get lost call 1-401-333-9647. NOTE: 80 is the mailing address look for UNIT # 62.

7. Pennsy Middle Division

Jimmy Deignan

164 Flagler Drive

Holden, MA. 01520

Tel # 774-364-7513

The famous “Pennsy Middle Division” originally built in 1992 by Dave Frary & Bob Hayden for a series of 9 articles in Kalmbach Publishing’s Model RailroaderMagazine. The feature ran from January 1993 until September of 1993.  The articles were then brought together and published in a book in 1994.  For years, the layout toured the United States with Greenberg Train Shows, a division of Kalmbach Publishing. Jimmy bought it in 2000 and has since expanded it greatly. It was a Model Railroader  cover story again when it was featured in February 2013. Fos Scale Models also made a DVD video of the layout. It is an HO scale double track mainline with several yards and switching opportunities for operators. DCC by NCE. All turnouts are DCC controlled  Approx size is  24' x 20' and the layout is handicapped & wheelchair accessible. The freelanced layout is set in  autumn during the Steam / Diesel transition era.  More information, video's, and photo's can be found athttp://www.craftsmankits.com/layout.html

 

 

 

 

8.    Westport Central and Northern

Armand G. Lavoie

18 James Ave,

Westport, Ma.

Tel # 1-508-678-4490

Armand has a freelance HO scale layout located in a 15 X 28  foot area of his basement. It is built with two Main lines. It is controlled by a Lenz DCC system and can also be operated with conventional DC. It models small town New England mountain areas. The layout has many scratch built and craftsman kit structures with lighting and animation. Scenery is 99%.

 

9. Southern New England Railroad
Jason and Pam Fontaine
39 Fitzgerald Road

Charlton, Ma  01507

Tel # 1-774-230-1246

 

The Southern New England Railroad (SNE) is a freelance HO scale railroad of the planned CN/CV extension from Palmer, MA to Providence, RI.  The sinking of the Titanic played a major part in this railroad never being completed. I am modelin the SNE as it would have been in autumn of the transition era. My backdrop is photos shot by Lou Sassi which were blended together to make an 80’ virtually seamless panoramic view of New England.  I have Craftsman and scratch-built structures with very detailed scenes.  Since the layout was featured in the July 2010  Model Railroader, it has been doubled in size -  now 14’ by 40’.  The entire section (Southbridge) 11’ x 3’ was cut out and moved 16’ away and reconnected with the new track plan.  The new trackage is now up and running and scenes are  being re-worked and repaired. The scenery which was 100% completed on the original layout is now about 50%  completed on the expanded version.  The layout is operated by North Coast Engineering DCC. Please visit my website at:   http://www.snerr.net for more photos and information.

10   Clinch Mountain

Dave MacPherson MMR

THIS  LAYOUT IS NOT OPEN THIS YEAR WATCH FOR US NEXT YEAR .

 

11   Atlantic Great Eastern Railroad

Jeff Leonard

184 Jerrold St. Holliston, MA.

Tel # 508-429-6546

The Atlantic Great Eastern is an HO scale railroad running through Northern New Jersey in 1958. It is loosely based on the  Lackawanna's "Old Road" and the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad. The single deck layout occupies a 24' x 36' space in the  basement. Most of the track is hand laid and the scenery is 90% complete. The railroad is powered by DC with tethered and  radio throttles. It features both steam and diesel motive power on freights, locals and passenger trains.

 

12    Western Maryland Railway – Tygart Valley Division

Tony Donatelli

THIS  LAYOUT IS NOT OPEN THIS YEAR WATCH FOR US NEXT YEAR

 

13 CN Plymouth Sub

Wally Brady

19 Ryder's Orchard Lane

Plymouth ma

Tel 781-801-8897

 

The CN Plymouth sub is a 15 x 54 ft. Lenz controlled DCC HO layout based on the Canadian National railroad in modern time. The layout consists of mostly scratch built and kit bashed buildings and hundreds of handmade trees. There is over 700 ft. of track and 120 turnouts. A large dock with a grain boat sits opposite a massive grain storage elevator. A double track lift bridge highlights the dock scene. Layout scenery is 100% complete with numerous industries and towns. Layout is in basement and not handicapped accessible. Enter Through the garage to view. Only 5 minutes from Rte. 3 and Rte. 44. For photos go to  http://imageevent.com/baten/trains

 

14 Gotham city & Metropolis Railroad

Jeff Turner

136 Maria Avenue

Southbridge, MA 01550

Telephone  774- 230-1860

 

The GC&M is a free-lanced HO-scale, Lenz-DCC controlled, railroad that operates between the 2 most famous cities in the fictitious DC Comics universe.  The layout is in an 11 x 14 room in a basement (accessible by stairs only).  The area modeled is the 47th Street Yard and Waterfront areas of Gotham City.  It has 99% of its scenery completed, including many street and building lights for operating during the evening hours when criminal activity is at its peak in Gotham.  Gotham’s Dark Knight, his famous Rogues Gallery and many of his associates from the Justice League can be found through-out the city in HO-scale form.  Did we mention there is actually a model railroad here that runs some actual prototypical operations…

See Website:  http://www.trainweb.org/gcmrr/

 

 

 

15 Mashamou Valley & Western

Bob Davis

120 Freedley Rd

Pomfret Ct

Tel # 860 928 4618

 

The Mashamou Valey & Western is operated as a point to point layout . There is an interchange yard at each end.  It is 800' from yard to yard It is a switching layout. Appelgate yard is at the mid point. This is where all trains are made up and broken down.  It is a double level layout with a raised level on the bottom. It is modeled in the 50s and 60s era. It is powered by NCE with soundtrax decoders in all engines. .Most road engines are RS-s and GP-20s. There are 10 different industrial areas to be switched out, some using steam switchers.  There are many structures an the layout that were built by Mike Tylick. The layout is operated without a dispatcher or car cards. Instead ABS are used to control train movements and markers are placed on cars to indicate there destination.

 

16 Boston Old Colony and Maine R.R

Ted Taraski

72 Dean Ave.

Franklin, MA. 02038

508-528-5075

 

 

The (BOC&M) is a freelance HO railroad occupying a 15X25 foot room.  There is also a double-deck staging area in an adjacent room. The mainline is a rough representation of the New HAVEN from Fall River/New Bedford to Framingham where a connection is made with the B&M. The BOC&M is a transition era railroad with both small steam and first generation diesels represented. Scenery is 75% complete with track work 100%. Access is through the bulkhead at the rear of the house. Aisle space is tight with a few passing areas. The railroad was built for two operators so patience during the tour is appreciated. Photos will be on website by March 5th.

 

 

 

For maps go to Google maps, enter the address and map will appear.

For inquiries and photos go to our website http://layouttour.com/

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