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 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2017 10:28 pm
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Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 960
It is time to start this thread.

Up to a few weeks ago I was building (I am always building, they are never finished) an On30 layout named the Henderson Bay Railway and Navigation Company.  

That project has been terminated and I have started on an HO layout that will be the Henderson Bay Branch of the Burlington Northern.  

The "Henderson" sticks because it honors my long time friend and dedicated railroad historian, John Henderson.  Some of you may be familiar with his work related to logging and industrial railroads.  He is most noted as a major contributor to the defunct magazine "Tall Timber, Short Lines".  His obituary was in the last issue of that magazine.  Probably not a coincidence.  He also contributed to other publications, primarily "The Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette", as well as having by-lines and photo credits in many books and publications related to industrial, logging and short line railroading in the Pacific Northwest. 

The new layout will be a fictitious branch line similar to the Northern Pacific's branch to Raymond, Washington on Willapa Bay.  That line was one of John's favorite short lines.  The right of way is now a bike/hiking trail.  The era will be right at the beginning of the merger of the GN, NP, SP&S and CB&Q.   So I can run equipment from all those railroads plus the BN.  

I am using the benchwork from the HBR&TCo.  The layout will be point-to-point.  The trackplan will be, essentially, two of the "Thomasville" modules joined by a mainline run.  The "Thomasville" module is based on the old John Allen "Time Saver" and is at the center of the book "Your Next Model Railroad".  I have been wanting to build that trackplan for a long time.

Equipment will be mostly ready-to-run and structures will be Walthers Cornerstone and similar plastic kits.  Contrary to my normal practice (all handlaid) track will be commercial turnouts and flex track.  The object is to be able to include my grandkids in the construction and operation.

Train controls will be DCC and turnouts will be hand thrown using over-center springs.  Simplicity is an important element of this layout.

Photos will start soon. 


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