Welcome to the HO
version of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company’s Hartford Division
in the 1950’s. The New Haven RR was located mostly in the state of Connecticut and in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. The modeled railroad consists of two lines located in central Connecticut. The “Hartford Line” is a double tracked line which runs south between the cities of Hartford and New Haven Connecticut, and north to Springfield, Massachusetts (not modeled). The other is the “Valley Line” a single track line which runs south from Hartford though Middletown to Saybrook and a connection with the New Haven’s busy Shoreline Route to New York City. I have chosen to model the lines from Hartford south to Old Saybrook on the Valley line and to New Haven on the Hartford Line in the space provided with future expansion of the railroad as time space and funding permit.
Layout construction began on the current layout in September of 2004 using the
open grid method with plywood laminated to Homasote. It is an HO scale around
the walls 25x35 foot double decked layout with a peninsula and a double track
helix on the middle wall area. The top level is the Valley Branch and the lower
level is the double track main line called the "Hartford Line" or "Springfield
Line" during it's use by the New Haven RR. Hom-a-bed is also used for both mains
and sidings from California Roadbed Co. Hartford yard is a 14 track yard,
21 feet long with industry switching on both ends of the yard. It has a capacity
of 422 cars and is on the top level. New Haven Cedar Hill yard will have a car
capacity of 170 cars and on the lower level. There will also be a 5 track
passenger coach yard and an engine facility in New Haven,. A 2 track -5 turn
helix will link the top and bottom levels. There is also a 8 track 21 foot long
staging yard bulit on the lower level.
The layout is powered by a North Coast Engineering Powerhouse Pro DCC system.
All rails are code 83 flex track with pre-built turnouts from Atlas, Walthers,
Shinoharra and Tillig. Some engines have BLI Quantum, Soundtraxx LC series and
Tsunami sound and all have DCC decoders. Turnout control is by Tortoise Motor
switch machines with LED indicators to show route selected and Caboose Industries
manual ground throws. The layout is divided into power districts using Tony's
Power Shields. The railroad will be a TT&TO operation with either switchlists
or car cards. I will also be using a 6 to 1 fast clock and running a 24 hour
time period set in the 1948 to 1953 time period.