"New York, Westchester & Boston" by Dick Karnes

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Layout Status:
active
Track:
S
Layout Space:
12' x 39'
Layout Style:
Rectangular, with point-to-point or continuous-running option
Track Manufacturer:
handlaid
Rail Size:
code 100, 83, 70
Minimum Turnout Frog:
#7 (main), #6 (yard)
Minimum Radius:
42" visible (32" staging)
Ruling Grade:
2.5% (4% one downhill track)
Track Height(s):
58"
Total "Mainline" Track Length:
135' (double-track); 95' (single-track)
Completed:
100% completed
Setting:
eastern New York, western Connecticut
Railroad(s) Modeled:
NYC, NYNH&H, CNR, NYW&B (freelance)
Control System:
DCC (North Coast Engineering)

A southbound freight waits for a Boston-bound passenger train to clear the diamond at the Troy terminal throat. The scratchbuilt 2-C-2 freight electric is pulling an S-Helper Service NYC MDT reefer. The combine behind the scratchbuilt C-C passenger electric is spliced from two American Flyer heavyweights. The signal bridge is two Plasticville kits somewhat re-arranged. The water tank in the left distance is a Lehigh Valley Models kit. Trackwork and catenary are scratchbuilt.


(copyright © Dick Karnes; used by permission)

(copyright © Bill Winans; used by permission)

(copyright © Bill Winans; used by permission)

The southbound Grand Isle Limited at Troy Union Station, down from Montreal, waits to depart for Cornwall Bridge, CT, where its CNR diesels will be replaced by an NYW&B electric motor to continue its trip to New Haven. The F3 A-B set was imported by Overland Models, and painted and lettered by Dan Kirlin. The Westchester heater car was cobbled from an American Flyer Alco PA. Behind it is an American Models baggage car followed by a Models by Miller NYC dining car. To the right are a scratchbuilt 2-C-2 electric and a River Raisin FT diesel.


(copyright © Dick Karnes; used by permission)

The Grand Isle Limited passes the Burnham, NY Texaco refinery. This scene consists of a host of components: a Clever Models S-scale quonset hut, Racing Champions 1:64 Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Ford automobiles, a guard shack scratchbuilt by Kent Singer, a homemade cyclone fence, a visitor's center cobbled from leftovers of an AHM HO-scale engine house kit, factory buildings from an HO-scale Kibri Factory Building, Walthers HO-scale refinery components, and a scratchbuilt pipe bridge. The observation car is an American Models (AM) kit with AM Budd car trucks. The house in the upper-left background is a paper cut-out kit. Catenary in this view is scratchbuilt.


(copyright © Dick Karnes; used by permission)

B+B-B+B freight motor #4301 poses for our photographer at the South Cornwall motor shop. #4301 is a "scratch-bashed" job built from two American Flyer (AF) Alco A-unit shells, one AF Alco B-unit shell, two cylindrical pill bottles for the noses, two scratchbuilt chassis, two Cascade Hobby Products drives, Loco Workshop truck sideframes, and American Models GG1 pantographs. To the left is a pair of New Haven FL-9s built by Vic Roseman. On the right, inside the motor shop, is an American Models New Haven Alco PA unit. The motor shop itself is a somewhat re-arranged Lehigh Valley Models kit.


(copyright © Dick Karnes; used by permission)

An NYC light Mikado pushes a Central of Georgia ventilated box car into the Ilzeb Wine & Produce Distributing loading dock spur while a company worker on a break enjoys (what else?) a bottle of milk. In this North Cornwall scene, the locomotive is an Overland Models engine, the box car is by Smoky Mountain Model Works, the produce company building is a kitbash of two Showcase Miniatures citrus sheds butted up against each other, the figure is from Arttista, milk cans are by B.T.S., and the 1951 Studebaker and 1940 Ford coupe are Racing Champions models. The 1955 New York license plates were created electronically.


(copyright © Dick Karnes; used by permission)

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