Newport and Rock Falls: WR&Nís Predecessor

Around 1967 the Aurora Plastics Company introduced North America to N Scale with their Postage Stamp line. At the time, I was building a four by eight foot HO Scale layout on a ping-pong table. But the moment I saw the first Postage Stamp sets, I began pestering my parents to let me have one. I had to promise them Iíd never change scales again (and I kept that promise). After fiddle-farting around with various temporary setups, I finally decided to build a ďrealĒ layout.

Thus the Newport and Rock Falls came into being. It was inspired by a single black-and-white photograph that appeared in an early N Scale modeling book Iím helpless to name. From that one photo I figured out the plan, and set about building it on a two by four foot slab of Homasote nailed to a sheet of plywood.

Below is the only surviving image of this very early effort. The ancient Polarioid photograph painfully reveals the layoutís crudeness, including tunnels with no portals and a stream made of Ambroid cement. Barely visible at the top right edge of the layout is an orange Christmas tree light, part of a short string I used to create a sunset effect on the pale blue walls of my bedroom.

The plan is a simple folded dogbone assembled from Minitrix sectional track. Later I added
a one by three foot yard utilizing Atlas sectional track.

 
1. Coal mine
2. Houses under construction
3. Passenger station
4. Enginehouse
5. Freight depot

 

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