The layout has slowly expanded into four areas in its 4th home. I run a double track mainline that has a lower and upper level, plus a short middle section, for a total length of some 300 feet. A full lower and upper loop run takes about 7 minutes. The main room is 12.5 x 28. From there it goes through a wall on one end of the room to an area about 5'x5' at the bottom of the stairs, perfect for a harbor scene. Going through the wall on the other side of the harbor brings you to one of two helixes. The north 6'x6' helix hosts a ski slope. At the other end of the main room the layout also goes through the wall to access a staging yard, a coal mine, and a second helix (8'x4') which hosts a limestone quarry that I just began building this summer.
Scale / Gauge
Size of Layout
Boston & Maine
Eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Maine
Style of Track Plan
Linear along the basement walls
Length of Main Line
Lower 37, Mid 42, Upper 53"
Minimum Main Line Radius
1/2" pink Styrofoam on top of 1/2" plywood; Hydrocal impregnated gauze over cardboard grid. Ground cover NE dirt, ground foam, weeds, shrubs, etc.
% Scenery Complete
painted walls progressively darker blue sky with clouds
DCC - Digitrax
Car Forwarding System
Enter through the garage, left through laundry room, downstairs into basement.