Photo tour of my first Sn2 SR&RL layout

While my first Sn2 layout is mostly gone (two minor sections remain), I still think fondly of it.  It was a good concept and had all the curves been 32″ or more, it would probably be here in it’s entirety.  Scroll to bottom for trackplan.

The operating sections of the layout were from Strong to Phillips…

This overall shot shows most of the model railroad as of 12/23/2001. The layout was composed of sections that rested on a girder framework. The daylight florescent lights were to be hidden behind a valance. The backdrop and fascia were 1/8″ masonite. Strong is in the foreground and Phillips is in the background.

At Strong there was an engine house and turntable which were used for servicing and turning locomotives that came off the Kingfield branch. Mockups served as the station, engine house, and water plug.

The approach to Strong from Phillips. The mainline heads right, past the Strong station, and on to Farmington, the interchange with the MEC. The Kingfield branch curves away to the left. The foam construction shows below the homabed and upson board.

The Main St. crossing in Strong. In the background, a train is approaching from Phillips. This was the site of a head-on accident where #8 tipped over on the embankment. As a result of the wreck, the ball signal was moved to the other side of the Strong station for better visibility.

A freight train rolls across the Dickey Bridge. The model is based on drawings from 2-Feet Between the Rails Vol II by Robert Jones and photos that appeared in the Maine 2-Footers by Moody and Jones. The Dickey Rd underpass section still remains, waiting to be incorporated into a future model railroad.

Critter #30 (T&T brass Sn2 Forney’s did not yet exist) was about to pull a freight train across Dickey Bridge. Much work remains to detail the scene. The Salmon Hole bridge is in the background.

One of the railroads name sake’s, the Sandy River, flows below the Salmon Hole bridge. The first layout backdrop never received hills or trees, it remained blue.

The prototype bride was a pin connected thru truss bridge and measured in at over 150ft long. The model (completed by Paul Miklos) was made by extending an HO Central Valley thru truss bridge one section. The model has the same number of sections, but is only 128′ long. There were a few mistakes in the abutments and fill, so this was disposed and the scene recreated on a free-mo module in 2010.

The Phillips yards sections were the first to be built, but they were the least complete. The sections feature HOn3 Shinohara track and turnouts. The future called for replacing the Shinohara track with Railway Engineering #8 turnouts and hand laid track. The Phillips engine house and machine shop complex will fill the corner behind the station. Banta had not yet released the Phillips depot in Sn2.

The plywood seen in this image was be the Sandy River on the North side of Phillips. On the prototype, a 208′ covered bridge spanned the river. In S-scale, that bridge would be over 3 feet long. The plywood deck in the photo spanned 2.5 feet (roughly 85% of prototype). The bridge sides were to lift off the off the deck for track cleaning.

This was my concept sketch to fit the room. Farmington was a staging yard into the middle of the room.  This sketch indicates where most scenery elements and structures were to be.

The final trackplan I built to. Notice that Farmington is now a modeled staging yard that has scenery elements of the real place and most importantly standard gauge trackage. I never built beyond Strong to Farmington. The sketch above shows the primary scenery elements.

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8 Responses to Photo tour of my first Sn2 SR&RL layout

  1. Jeff Bissonnette says:

    What you had finished looked great Dave… How did you get your gravel/dirt to “look” so dry after gluing it down? I’ve used matte medium with some success, but it is still not as dusty and dry looking as your dirt.


    • narrowtracks says:

      Jeff, thanks for the complement. The gravel/dirt is Smith & Sons “Fine Dirt”. It’s the best dirt product I’ve seen. Smith & Son is still in business, do a google search. They are in North Eastern Ohio. I’ve also had luck with sifting of sand from Home Depot, but the sand is more prone to rusting and is not as finely sifted. One reason the S&S dirt looks so dry is that some of it may be “dry”. As the water/glue soaks in, I sprinkle more dirt on the top…If that soaks in too, I sprinkle a little more…eventually, the last dirt added is hardly wet at all, and some never gets glued…Even though it’s not glued it stays on the layout for a long time, even when transported. I hope this helps…

      Dave K.

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  6. Love reading your blog. Very well done.
    I understand now that Sn2 models in 1/64 scale, 2 foot wide gauge track trains. 2 foot is the equivalent of the 60cm metric gauge, which was very common in Europe for factories or WW1 tranches supplies. Are you familiar with Decauville, they were the premier supplier of 60cm and 90cm equipments. Among others they were the suppliers for the Panama Canal construction during the French area, before the Americans took over.
    Keep up the good work with your blog!!!!!!!

    • narrowtracks says:

      Philip thanks for the kind words. I was not familiar with Decauville by name. But searching the web I see images I’m familiar with. Of the European builders probably most familiar with Hunslet. As I’ve gotten more into live steam, the European logos are catching my eye. Maybe you can build a Decauville to run on my Sn2 SR&RL.

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