Boxton Factory kit-bashed from (4) Revel Bakeries.
The entire inside furnishings are made from electrical components.
Machines are miniature radio transformers, racks are made from relays,
and even the walls are covered with pictures taken from electrical catalogues.

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A class "B" shay waits for its morning run.
The Coal pocket is scratch-built from plans in the Model Railroader
 

Early morning in Bobston in #4 waits the start of a new day. The logging crew is first out leaving the yard free for the local crew to switch out. The coal pocket in the background was scratch built from plans in the Model Railroader Magazine for the tower at Chama, Colorado.

 

A rare passenger run is ready to begin it's day.
Tracks are mostly code 70 and are all hand laid.
note the ground throw which is actually an electrical contact
to control stall motors.

The Sunday Special leaves Harrieta at the other end of the line heading west toward Bobston. The normal passenger consist is normally a drover's caboose at the end of a freight drag. That switch stand ahead of the engine is the control for the electrical switch.

  

     

 

Switching the Industrial Spur at A-Track. This engine might be a bit of over-kill but there are times when ten or twelve cars do have to be moved around. The factory is a kitbash super-detailed with a water tower, billboards and other goodies.

Note the booster truck under the tender,
the WW-II wooden hopper inspired by the old Ambroid series.
and the kit bashed structure with scratch built water tower. 

 

Switching the Industrial Spur at A-Track. This engine might be a bit of over-kill but there are times when ten or twelve cars do have to be moved around. The factory is a kitbash super-detailed with a water tower, billboards and other goodies.

 

 

The daily peddler leaves Harrieta at the other end of the line heading West toward Bobston. Most switchers on the North river are without lead and trailing trucks.  This improves reliability for switching.

 

 

The daily peddler leaves Harrieta at the other end of the line heading West toward Bobston. Most switchers on the North river are without lead and trailing trucks.  This improves reliability for switching.

 

 

Railroad Crossing looking North through Downtown Bobston. Most of the buildings are stock Woodland Scenic buildings with a bit of detailing on the inside. The scenery is a modified Hydrocal hard-shell using sawdust and vermiculite for texture.  That crossing shanty is from a kit over half a century old.

 

Railroad Crossing looking North through Downtown Bobston. Again, most of the buildings are stock Woodland Scenic buildings. The scenery is a modified Hydrocal hard-shell using sawdust and vermiculite for texture.

 

 

 

 

Overview of Bobston Yard. This is considered the end of the line although there is a spur to the logging operation beyond.  

There is plenty of operation in this yard.  Note the ashpit, warehouse and small town.  Cars are also spotted IN the roundhouse although quite rarely.

 

Overview of the double ended yard at Bobston. This is considered the end of the line although there is a spur to the logging operation beyond. 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Bobston looking East through the thriving metropolis toward station at Bobston.

Note the outside stall roundhouse.  Not many of these in New England but out west in the hot arid climates this was once a common feature. 

Downtown Bobston looking East through the thriving metropolis toward station at Bobston.

 

The New Church in Boston is well under construction. Behind it to the right is the old cemetery.  Note the indigent section outside the stone wall and to the left.  This too was a common feature.

The New Church in Boston is well under construction. Behind it to the right is the old cemetery

 

 

 

New lumber heading for Bobston. This class 'C' shay has pulled the train clear of the switch-back and is now pulling into town.

The tracks on the North River are almost entirely level.  
It may not look it but the train is starting down a ruling grade of 4%!
This forces a train leaving the yard to be rather short, allowing it to pick up several cars on route.

New lumber heading for Bobston. This class 'C' shay has pulled the train clear of the switch-back and is now pulling into town.

 

 

 

This is another view of the coal pocket and sand facilities at Bobston.  While model are available for both, these were scratch-built from plans in the MR circa mid-fifties.

Most of what you see is scratch built and several have successfully competed in model contests

 
This is another view of the coal pocket and sand facilities at Bobston.  While model are available for both, these were scratch-built from plans in the MR circa mid-fifties.

 

 

 

   

 

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07/20/2012