Brian Chapin's Maine Central, White Mountain Division (N)

Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Brian Chapin
3349 Noble Fir Trace
Gainesville, GA 30504
770-833-6348
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, October 26, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Most of this N scale layout has full scenery, including several scenes with super-detailing.
There are over 90 turnouts most of which are controlled by Tortoise motors, 7 automated reversing loops, 2 helixes (one with double track), multiple yards, a digitally controlled turntable, a paper mill, several rivers, roads and more.There are now over 5,000 trees, mostly hand-made. See an operational N scale replica of the last working ball signal in the USA.

Scale

N

Size

13.5 x 19 feet, plus a staging yard and reversing loop in the adjoining workshop

Prototype

Maine Central, White Mountain Division

Locale

Northern mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire between St Johnsbury and Beecher Falls

Era

Early 1960’s

Style

3 level walk-in

Len. of Mainline

361 feet including helix

Layout Height

36”,53”, and 69” to 78” on the 3rd level

Benchwork

28 sections that can be disassembled and moved if necessary.  Mostly 2” foam on 3” box frames. Some sections have plywood tops.

Roadbed

cork

Trackwork

Code 83 Atlas flextrack

Turnouts

Peco

Min. Radius

13 inch (in part of helix #2)

Maximum Grade

2% in Helix and level 3, otherwise flat

Scenery

100% on levels 1 and 2, 50% on level 3.

Backdrop

Masonite to ceiling, with rounded corners, hand painted sky and mountains
LED strip lighting on levels 1 and 2

Controls

Digitrax DCC

Wheelchair Accessible

NO

Directions 

Note that no signs are allowed in our gated community, so use your GPS!

  • From the intersection of Browns Bridge RD/GA 369 and McEver Rd/GA 53 in Gainesville:

  • Go west on Browns Bridge Rd/GA-369 (0.4 mile)

  • Take the next Right into Cresswind community (at the big waterfall)

  • Slightly past the security gate:

  • Enter the 1st traffic circle and take the 2nd right onto Cresswind Parkway (0.3 mile)

  • At the next traffic circle take the 1st right onto Indian Hawthorne Ridge. (0.3 mile)

  • At the next traffic circle take the 1st right onto Noble Fir Trace

  • 3349 is the red brick house at the end of the cul de sac.