Fred's first layout measured 12'x20' when he re-discovered his A.F. trains shortly after getting married. The track was original American Flyer and Gargraves. A write-up about this layout was published in the S Gaugian magazine in the 1970s.
After a move, Fred built his second layout, which was the first version of the "Milford Valley RR", built in a 20'x30' room. He used mostly Bob Peare code 172 rail (the rest was code 100 when the Peare track ran out). This layout was also featured in an S Gaugian issue. Following are some photos of that layout.
In the photo below, the A-B-A set of Northern Pacific F-units are by Dayton. They are cast-brass shells on a frame that includes a Hobby Town O-scale drive, shortened to accomodate the S-scale dimensions. They have a heavy Pitman motor in them. The engines weigh two pounds each. Two units are so powered, while the third one is non-powered. Fred reports that this lash-up can easily pull 70 to 80 cars!
The caboose on the right-hand side is an American Models one. The one on the left is an original American Flyer model on which Fred moved the cupola back, laminated the siding with Evergreen wood-siding styrene to the AF exterior, added super-detailing parts, installed AF spring-leaf caboose trucks, installed Kadee S-scale couplers, HO-scale marker lamps, and S-scale steps.
Up on the second level, an Overland Models 4-8-4 locomotives in the Union Pacific passenger scheme pulls a train, while an A-B-B-A set of FA units, made by American Models, pulls a long freight train on the lower level.
Below, a Rex Engineering 0-6-0 switches the Red Wing Mine. This mine structure was made out of Plexiglas with wooden coffee stirrer sticks and Grandt Line windows glued to the Plexiglas.
A Sunset Models UP Challenger and a Big Boy double-head a train coming out of Omaha.
A pair of American Models CB&Q Pacific locomotives are pulling a passenger train out of Omaha.
A string of 28 American Models Pacific Fruit Express reefers.
From left to right in the photo below are: a kitbash of an International cab (a New Zealand company) with a Hartoy box, the Old Motor Trucks "Demma Fruit" Mack using a Hartoy box, the blue truck is a Hartoy Ford chassis with an Ertl dump/gondola body, and the tanker is a Hartoy Peterbuilt body with a Mack chassis.
As is so typical, after 45 years of model railroading, Fred has had to downsize. The current layout, also called the "Milford Valley RR", fits in a 16'x15' room. Here are some photos of his current layout.
This Mobilgas gas station was built by Rusty Westermeier.
The "Cathcart" Union Pacific passenger station was also built by Rusty Westermeier.
Milford Tower with interior lighting.
The Sunset Models' brass Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 (the Big Boy) #X4010 is pulling a train out of the Milford Valley train yard.
Next, an American Models 4-6-2 Pacific is pulling a CB&Q freight train out of the Milford yard.
Passengers are also serviced by the Milford Valley railroad, using an American Models CB&Q 4-8-4 Northern.
The next photo shows part of an all-reefer train, which was built out of Pacific Rail Shop cars.
Two of the CB&Q cabooses found in the yard. These are American Models wood cabooses. The one in the foreground has been improved with window panes and turnbuckles for the cupola.
We conclude (for now) our visit to the Milford Valley RR with a photo of a one of the major employers of the area, Roll Transfer. In the foreground an American Models converted-to-freight-service UP FP7 is coming out of the yard.
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