Statkowski
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April 9th, 2018, 1:20 pm #21

The Bellows Falls Hotel sat over the tracks back in 1964.  I attended the Northeast Region NMRA convention there then, when Steamtown was still there.  Three bucks a night for the hotel.  Stayed up late to watch the Montrealer come through, rode the steam train from Bellows Falls to Riverside, saw the southbound Ambassador come through with two B&M engines (both different color schemes), and three cars (old color CV RPO, cream and black CN coach, Black Knight NH coach) - colorful to say the least.

It was said that any New Haven coach going to Montreal always came back spotless, inside and out.
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sauced2007
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April 11th, 2018, 4:09 pm #22

I've read bits and pieces about state line closing due to damage. The quarry stopped shipping due to what? My dad worked for Lane Trap Rock out of Westfield Ma and he took me fishing at that Quarry in Stockbridge. I remember finding all kinds of rail left. He kept getting frustrated with me because he wanted to fish and I kept wandering off following track,lol. Since I am planning to include Rising in my plan ( making it a focal point) I was curious as to why the branch to Stockbridge closed.
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April 19th, 2018, 2:47 pm #23

Ok, benchwork is started. Going with the above theory plus throwing in Stateline still operational for good measure. It will be a regional put together with the Rutland after the bankruptcy and the Berkshire line. Not sure about paint schemes yet. The line will shoot across the old B&A at Pittsfield, doing the interchange work at State line. The era will be the 70's, for now anyways. The modeled portion will be Rising to Lenox with State Line, Great Barrington south and Pittsfield north all fed thru staging. 
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June 7th, 2018, 8:04 am #24

rising masonite.jpg So far with the Masonite. This area is Rising. I know there isn't supposed to be a curve in Rising but I kinda had no choice. A little modelers license...ok, maybe more than a little...lol.
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Bill Chapin
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June 8th, 2018, 9:56 pm #25

Oh, it's a mushroom design!  I worked on a friend's layout built like this 15-20 years ago.  It's very efficient use of space and can be a little tricky to build.  It looks like you've got it under control, though.  

Hmm.. is there any chance of extending the branch to the Rising Paper mill with a semi-circle of track and a switchback? :D

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sauced2007
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June 9th, 2018, 9:56 am #26

More like a letter G looking down at it. The left "tunnel" goes to Canaan and points south staging. The "tunnel" to the right goes to State Line staging. The Rising paper company spur still exists with the paper mill using something like a 44 tonner to come get their cars. 
 On the other end of Rising siding I took a little modelers license and added a small industrial park type lead with a plastics transload facility and a small scrap company. When I worked on Mass Central RR they had those transload tracks in a few spots. No buildings or anything just a siding or two and a gravel road for the trucks. I'll post more pictures when I can, working 6 10 hour days really cuts into the hobby time!!
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August 14th, 2018, 11:46 am #27

For the shape of the room and layout this is as close as I could get for the Rising area. The loco's are " For now" engines until I get DCC with sound. They get the job done in the mean time. The semaphore is not ideal but again it's a "for now" item. The real one is gone but I had to add it with the shed. The roof will get better treatment as well. fwre.jpg
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sauced2007
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August 14th, 2018, 11:57 am #28

This is the southern end of my Rising area. The track to the rear left is Rising Paper Co. I know they don't receive by rail anymore but they do in my basement, lol. The track to the right of the loco is Rising siding and the track next to it is what used to there , Daly's I believe. Anyway the line to State Line comes off of Rising siding just past camera view and Daly's comes off of it. The train is coming out from a hidden area. That leads to a siding which represents the track at North Canaan ( I use that to drop cars for that area) and CT staging past that. Again, forgive the locomotives. I have tentatively named the railroad Western New England Railroad and have stenciled those initials under the cabs sort of like lease units. DCC with sound is gonna cost a bit so there's work to be done around the house before the boss agrees to that expense!!
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TomCurtin
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August 15th, 2018, 11:27 am #29

sauced2007 wrote: I've read bits and pieces about state line closing due to damage.
It did.

There were two serious wrecks on the branch in the spring of 1959, following which the railroad decided to close the State Line interchange.  They did keep a dead-end branch in service as far as West Stockbridge for a while.  This story was told in some detail years ago on this forum by George Ford whose father was the operator at State line.

After that, freight was interchanged at Pittsfield for a couple of years (the freight symbol was changed to RQ-2 / QR-1).  This did not work real well since the State line track arrangement was ideal and Pittsfield was not.  After about the spring of 61 freight on the line became NX-13 (Danbury-Rising) and NX12 (Pittsfield-Rising).
There was also NX-11 out of Danbury which existed to service New Milford.
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Statkowski
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August 15th, 2018, 11:45 am #30

sauced2007 wrote:
They couldn't run them because Bellows Falls tunnel was too short and they had already lowered it some. I ran trains thru there a few times and the track was always in water. They couldn't raise the tunnel because buildings were sitting over it. The route I'm "what iffing" would have better clearance.
Back in 1963 that was the Bellows Falls Hotel sitting directly over the tracks.  Me and a whole bunch of others stayed there for the NER-NMRA convention.  Visited Steamtown when it was there.  Went down in the middle of the night to watch the southbound Washingtonian come through.  Saw the southbound Ambassador with a McGinnis-painted F2, followed by a maroon GP7, an olive CV RPO, a cream and black CN lightweight coach and a Black Knight NH coach.  A five-piece set, each a different model and a different color.

Oh, the cost per night at the hotel was $3.00.
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