“I started the Valley Stream Railroad in the summer of 2003. The scale is HO, the time period would be between 1900-1910, it’s late fall and winter is just around the corner in New England. I have been a train buff for as long back as I can remember and a modeler most of my life.
The layout is in a small bedroom, around the room single track with several sidings and a couple of passing’s. All the locomotives are steam with sound. A couple of friends helped me with the bench work and the wiring. The bench work was built 2′ x 4′ sections with 2 x 2 legs, 1/2” plywood on the top, and topped off with a cut up 4 x 8 sheet of 4 inch thick foam.
The foam was excellent when it comes to scenery and it diminishes any sound along with the road bed. The Valley Stream is my own private railroad name as I did not want to follow any prototype railroad. Free lance is very satisfying for me.
Scenery is what I love to do thus the simple loop around for the railroad. Most of the building are kits or were “kit bashed”. Since space was limited the large building against the back drop were cut down the center and spliced end to end. Most of the structures I was building before I started the layout.
There was no great track layout just my own sketches and drawings. I just knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted it to look like. The track is code 70 for a more realistic look for the steam power. The rocks were pebbles from the road., the winter trees were made from twigs in the yard along with the use of. a glue pot then spray painted (time and patience on the trees).
Since the base board was 4″ foam planting all the trees was easy. I used sifted real dirt with white glue for some scenes, Woodland Scenics material,the snow piles are crushed white foam, lots of cellu clay (papier mache) mixed with water vermiculite (mineral) for the ground and embankments. The back drop I painted using spray paint and the effect was just what I wanted……………..cold and cloudy.
A friend of mine mention the layout to the local news paper and they came over to see it and take pictures. On December 26, 2010 the layout and I were on the front page of Sundays paper. The railroad was also filmed and put on the local news. Needless to say it’s been fun to have that to share with others.
The railroad will probably never be entirely finished as the details seem to be endless. Hope you enjoy the photos.
A huge thanks to William for sharing these pics. We’ve had a nice run of scenery pics over the last few days. Let’s keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to start tinkering on your own layout.