Monday, January 13, 2014

Monticello (module) scenes

I am finally posting some recent photos of the Monticello, Maine area that is modelled on my six 4' HO-scale modules.  The photos were taken during the Saint John club's annual show in Quispamsis in early November. The modules depict a fictional junction between the BAR and the Carleton Railway (click on the photos to enlarge them).

Below, the local autobody shop hides its supply of dilapidated cars with an old wooden fence.  The well-maintained tracks in the foreground belong to the Carleton Railway.  The BAR passenger car and the MPG warehouse in the background are on BAR tracks.  The junction is just to the left of the photo.   

You can tell there is a fall chill in the afternoon air as folks head for a warm cup of coffee at the West End Diner.  CPR Trainmaster 8901 is leading westbound Carleton Railway train #21 (The Fast Freight) as it waits to depart the Monticello yard.  The CPR and the Carleton Railway pool motive power and personnel for this priority freight.

The Carleton Railway's busy classification yard in Monticello is designed for the efficient sorting of freight and connects directly with the BAR, allowing for interchange in both directions.

Because of its two railways near the downtown area, the small rural community of Monticello has become an important commercial centre.