The Mountain Vista Railroad
(a.k.a. the White River & Northern VIII)

The Mountain Vista Railroad is a fictional tourist line in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, circa 1959. It's a point-to-point scheme, running from the town of Augustine to a resort at Bearcamp and back. This mini-layout has unexpectedly become a serious hotbed of animation and special effects. The website has been updated recently with more content on the effects work I've been doing.

17 October 2020 Work has begun on the cut. (Layout is turned 180.) Timelapse

Layout Summary

Theme:

tourist railroad

Setting:

White Mountains, New Hampshire, circa 1959

Scale:

N

Size:

30" x 48"

Track:

Rail Craft Code 40 flex and Micro Engineering Code 55 flex

Turnouts:

custom handlaid Code 40 and Micro Engineering Code 55

Min. radius:

8.5"

Max. grade:

3.5%

Control:

battery-powered homemade PWM throttle

Benchwork:

Gatorfoam

Scenery:

Scultpamold, sanded grout and caulk over foam board

Rockwork:

Cripplebush Valley rubber rock

Status:

~30% complete

Chapters

  1. My Very Last Layout
  2. A Brief Fake History
  3. Building Stuff
  4. With a Little Help
  5. Rolling Stock
  6. More Real Estate for Augustine
  7. The Only Constant
  8. Animation and Special Effects
  9. Scenery
  10. Power and Control
  11. Something I Had To Do
  12. The Upside of a Hurricane

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