Photos from Vermont Rails 2015

We had a successful Vermont Rails this year in March 2015.  Below, we have posted some of the photos highlighting the event.

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Looking down the mainline of the NWV modular HO scale layout, folks are lined up watching the trains pass through various scenes of countryside, cities, carnivals and industries.

This modular layout is comprised of a dozen modules built and owned by individual members of the NWV Model RR Association.  Each owner is free to choose the type of scene to model with mechanical and electrical requirements fixed to allow the modules to easily plug into and operate with one another. 

This year, the resulting layout, after assembling all of the modules, was connected to the Bellows Falls modular layout of the Green Mountain Division of the National Model Railroad Association.

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A scene from the Bellows Falls module of the Green Mountain Division of the NMRA.  This scene depicts the bridge crossing the Connecticut River in the foreground over which the real daily Vermonter Amtrak trains travel.  In the background is a model of the bridge that the Green Mountain Railroad of the Vermont Rail System uses to cross the canal at Bellows Falls before heading to Rutland via towns in the heart of central Vermont.

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Speaking of carnivals, there is a carnival scene on Daniel Hicks’ module as the NWV freight train snakes it’s way past with a long string of covered hopper cars filled with wheat.

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Not all model railroads at the show were sizes that can be run in your house.  Jeremy Gay brought his 1/8th scale diesel freight train to the show.  Kids were able to board the train and operate some of the controls for the lights and horns in this static display.  The train is fully operational and is run on outdoor layouts throughout the northeastern United States and Canada.

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Of course, a train show would not be complete without vendors who have everything that one needs or wants for the railroad empire.  Above is a view of the floor with the vendors set up and opening for business just before the gates open to the public.

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VT Rails 2015