Dr. Paul Schenk's Boston and Maine Railroad [VIRTUAL TOUR ONLY] (HO)

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 9:00am
Boston and Maine Railroad [VIRTUAL TOUR ONLY]
Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Layout Details

Important Note: For 2021, this is a "virtual", video-only tour.  There is no open house, in person tour for this layout!

Layout Description:

The 4th iteration of this now 30+ year old layout moved in 2012 into a 12 'x 28' room all its own with 5' x 5' alcove for a new harbor scene, a 4' x 8' staging yard, and 6' x 10' room housing a double track helix and coaling tower. This largely free-lanced multi-deck layout set west and north of Boston in the 1950's features a 3' foot long 19" high double track trestle with over 1200 nut, bolt and washer castings. The Allston freight yard is now 20' long with 3 A&D tracks and 6 classification tracks.  The addition of the smaller Rigby freight yard allows for point-to-point operations. The layout features 3 kits each from FOS Scale Models and South River Model Works.

Scale

HO

Size

Main room is 12 x 28; Portland harbor 5 x 5; plus twin helixes 6 x 6 and 4 x 8 and staging under the stairs.

Prototype

Boston and Maine

Locale

Northeastern US

Era

Mid 1950’s

Style

Free lanced

Len. of Mainline

350’

Layout Height

35” lower; 53” upper

Benchwork

1/2” Styrofoam on ½” plywood. "L" girder for table construction

Roadbed

Cork

Trackwork

Code 83 and 100

Turnouts

Several manufacturers and a hand-laid double crossover

Min. Radius

18”

Maximum Grade

3% (1/4” per foot)

Scenery

Several areas are finished; others are still being developed.

Backdrop

Lots of exposed granite on tree covered hillsides; sky/cloud painted sheetrock on all walls.

Controls

Digitrax infrared; Tortoise motors can be routed via throttle or toggle swiches.  

Wheelchair Accessible

Sorry, not for this home.

 

Directions 

Important Note: For 2021, this is a "virtual", video-only tour.  There is no open house, in person tour for this layout!