This 52′ x 27′ basement is filled with trains on 2 levels and in 3 scales.
- The HO scale Lyman & Ammonoosuc RR occupies the upper level and runs from one staging yard (13 tracks) through seven, early 1950s era, northern New Hampshire and Vermont towns to another single ended staging yard (20 tracks). Considerable Boston & Maine and Rutland steam and diesel power is evident, along with some CP and CN.. The builder has given clinics on building water scenes and waterfalls. Thus, there are 27 bridges and trestles on the HO layout alone, including 3 covered bridges and an operating bascule bridge. Rolling New England hillsides and dairy farms are evident, and a number of wood, brick, and stone mills are prominently perched on stone foundations, some on the water’s edge. A new area emphasizes fall foliage and includes a 20 plus foot photographic backdrop of colorful NE mountain vistas. During operating sessions a central dispatcher guides traffic, and operators use radios and NCE DCC throttles. Perhaps last chance to view layout before chainsaws dismantle the basement layouts in the coming year.
- Built beneath the HO layout is the slightly larger 3 Rail, otherwise true O-scale Pennsylvania RR, featuring over 45 steam and diesel engines, most by MTH. A few areas have been fully sceniced to show the detail that can be done in O-scale but a lot of areas have the rolling terrain simply roughed in. Magically, a scenically detailed engine facility represents where the PRR connects to the B&M and Rutland. As on the HO layout, water scenes are important, and O-scale streams and waterfalls (with O-scale deer and people) are evident. Trains cross 15 railroad bridges and trestles. MTH DCS throttles run the trains.
- The 14′ x 14′ L-shaped Z-scale layout was started before the other layouts while the room was being prepared, Six loops of different lengths allow a lot of action with numerous trains .running at different speeds, (Z is not for switching.) More than 300 freight and passenger cars dot the layout. Aristocraft radio throttles run the trains. A turntable and 9 stall roundhouse, some detailed rockwork, and small waterfalls are present, but to understand the real scenic possibilities of Z-scale a completely detailed 4′ x 2′ portable module will be on display. Examine the trees and static grass, the Preiser figures, water scene and bridges, and the detailed laser kit structures to see that scenery construction is similar in all scales.