Berkshire line "What If"

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Statkowski
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Joined: March 5th, 2003, 4:39 am

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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Joined: March 21st, 2018, 2:15 pm

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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sauced2007
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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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sauced2007
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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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Joined: June 16th, 2006, 5:12 am

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

Bill
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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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