The factory at Boxton is a kitbash starting with (4) Revell Bakery kits.  Many of the structures in the background are kitbashed Design Preservation kits.  These are cut in two so that they serve as two separate structures.

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Engine #23 pulls the eastbound peddler freight out of Bobston, and yes, the turnbuckles on that swayback red box car could use a bit of tightening.
Not the booster truck under the Tender.

That WW-II era wooden hopper behind the engine is scratch built based on plans from the Ambroid 1 of 5000 kit but with re-sized lumber and homemade castings.
 

 

Engine #23 pulls the eastbound peddler freight out of Bobston, and yes, the turnbuckles on that swayback red box car could use a bit of tightening. Engine #23 pulls the eastbound peddler freight out of Bobston, and yes, the turnbuckles on that swayback red box car could use a bit of tightening.

 

This is a completely scratch-built car of about the 1910 era 
but inspired by a 1930 era steel doodle bug.

 

The North River Railway modern passenger service through Charleston to Bobston. This one is the pride and joy of the Railroad

  

     

 

Boxton Factory is a kit-bash of four Revel engine houses and detailed almost exclusively with bits and pieces from the electronics industry, not modeling parts. 

Many of the Design Preservation Structures here are kitbashed.  Each structure is cut in half to form two separate buildings, and slimmed down to compress the town into a small space.  Water towers are scratch built for each roof and simple interiors are added  

 

Boxton Factory is a kit-bash of four Revel engine houses and detailed almost exclusively with bits and pieces from the electronics industry, not modeling parts.

 

 

One of the main industries at Harrietta is Sokol Spoon. The factory is a straight kit but detailed with several assorted detailing kits. 

 

One of the main industries at Harrietta is Sokol Spoon. The factory is a kit detailed with several assorted detailing kits.

 

Bossert Beef and Bologna stockyards and meat packing plant at Interchange and behind the coal pocket at Harrietta. They all go in but they never come back out.
There were over a hundred pens at the actual plant in Jacksonville, Illl so this is only a taste of the actual facility.

 

Bossert Beef and Bologna stockyards and meat packing plant behind the coal pocket at Harrietta. They all go in but they never come back out.

 

 

 

 

 

The North river ships the engines out for main overhauls but does what light repairs it can here. An occasional box car or flat finds its way inside here to deliver raw materials for repair.

The roundhouse if scratch built from the plans of a kit.

 

The North river ships the engines out for main overhauls but does what light repairs it can here. An occasional box car or flat finds its way here to deliver raw materials for repair.

 

 

 

Another view of #23 leaving Bobston after stopping for water. This is the ruling grade so the engine needs the tender booster for all the power it can get. The switchstand in the foreground is actually an electrical switch used to throw the turnout.

This fifty year old engine has been repowered and is still a daily workhorse of the North River. 

 

Another view of #23 leaving Bobston after stopping for water. This is the ruling grade so the engine needs the tender booster for all the power it can get. The switchstand in the foreground is actually an electrical switch used to throw the turnout.

 

Another overview of Harrietta showing the single-ended classification yard tracks in the foreground and the corporate office and station to the left.

 

Another overview of Harrietta showing the single-ended classification yard tracks in the foreground and the corporate office and station to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

This Drover caboose is the typical North River Railway passenger service during the week. Several stations had the typical platform on one side and a door-level ramp on the other for horses. The term drover meant just that. Cowboys had to buy a ticket for themselves and one for the horse. This was kind of the great-grandfather of the car-trains of the east coast where you take your transportation on the train with you.

Model is a super-detailed kit.  The "paint job" is a result of the photograph resolution of the camera and a bit of photoshoping with the colors.

 

This Drover caboose is the typical North River Railway passenger service during the week. Several stations had the typical platform on one side and a door-level ramp on the other for horses. The term drover meant just that. Cowboys had to buy a ticket for themselves and one for the horse. This was kind of the great-grandfather of the car-trains of the east coast where you take your transportation on the train with you.

 

 

 

The Sawmill at Timberly (East of Bobston) in the full operation of making little ones out of big ones. Logs are tied to a dolly and hauled out of the pond to be cut into billets. Toothpicks anyone?

The Sawmill at Timberly (East of Bobston) in the full operation of making little ones out of big ones. Logs tied to a dolly and hauled out of the pond to be cut into billets. Toothpicks anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

Overview at Brian Stakehouse (Lumber yard) at Union. The lumberyard is a super detailed kit, the town to the left is a combination of kit-bashing Woodland Scenic and Roundhouse kits

 

 

Overview at Brian Stakehouse (Lumber yard) at Union. The lumberyard is a super detailed kit, the town to the left is a combination of kit-bashing Woodland Scenic and Roundhouse kits

 

 

 

 

    

A little bit of private industry complements of Joe, the friendly neighborhood bootlegger.

 

A little bit of private industry complements of Joe, the friendly neighborhood bootlegger.

 

 

   

Overview of downtown Bobston.  Looks like they could use a stop sign at the intersection, doesn’t it?

Most of the structures here are straight Woodland Scenics kits.  The interior details are mostly images cut from a catalog of catalogs.

 

Overview of downtown Bobston.  Looks like they could use a stop sign at the intersection, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

Passenger run at Union behind Brian's Steakhouse on the way West to Bobston. This scratch-built gas doodle-bug was inspired by a plastic model but built to a composite of wooden cars that existed as early as 1912.

Passenger run at Union behind Brian's Steakhouse on the way West to Bobston. This scratch-built gas doodle-bug was inspired by a plastic model but built to a composite of wooden cars that existed as early as 1912.

 

           

   

 

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