WR&N Mark I: Part 2

Fortunately, about the time I started this project, Minitrix had just added curved switches to their track line—exactly what I needed to make the plan work.

 

 

 

1. passenger station
2. freight station
3. farmhouse
4. barn
5. car hoist
6. charcoal manufacturer
7. wood loading platform
8. sand bunker, ash pit
9. water tower
10. yard office
11. enginehouse
12. passenger station
13. switch tower
14. snow shed
15. wooden trestle

The layout was built atop a squat, round table I'd made from 3/4-inch plywood. The very first image of it I'd taken reveals my seemingly schizophrenic style of construction: I was ballasting and starting scenery before all of the track was laid.

All of the structures, save for the little tower at the far left, were scratchbuilt, as was about half of the rolling stock. I'd even bashed a Shay, combining Minitrix diesel mechanism parts cut down with a hacksaw with a chopped up Arnold Rapido steam switcher shell. The result (which I dubbed "Frankenshay") wasn't pretty, but it was better than the alternative—which, in the 1970s, was nothing.

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