Paul Allard is a long-time member of the NWV Model Railroad Association. As one of our most experienced members, Paul is a valuable asset to the club and a mentor to other members. He has been recognized by the NMRA for these skills, holding Master Model Railroader certificate #358. He is also one of only a handful of MMRs to have completed the requirements for all 11 certificates. Only 7 are required to earn the MMR but as Paul said - I was having so much fun that I earned all 11!
Paul’s home layout is the Northern Vermont Railway. Constructed in his basement in a 35’ x 12.5’ room, the NVR is a freelanced HO scale model railroad set in October, 1954. It’s an East-West line with its western terminal at Adams, Vermont. It runs east through northern Vermont and terminates in Hamilton, New Hampshire. There are four major interchange points with prototype railroads. The D&H interchanges with the NVR via a car ferry operation that docks at Adams Terminal located in Adams. The Canadian National & Central Vermont Railways enter the NVR main line at St. Jean Junction and have running rights into Franklin, Vermont. The Canadian Pacific Railway plus the Boston & Maine enter the NVR main line at Granite Junction and have running rights into Franklin, Vermont. The Maine Midland Railroad plus the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad enter the NVR Bedford Branch Line at Birch Junction. They travel down the NVR Bedford Branch and NVR main line to interchange at Hamilton, New Hampshire. The CNR, CVR, CPR, B&M, MMR and BAR are staged from yards in adjacent rooms. There are three car ferries to handle the D&H interchange traffic. The room size is 35’ by 12.5’. The NVR main line travels around the room twice crossing the room entrance on bridges mounted on a swing out section. Most visible track work including nearly 100 turnouts is hand-laid on individual wooden ties using code 100, 83 and 70 rail. A North Coast Engineering 5 amp Power Pro system provides DCC control. Most locomotives are sound equipped. The NVR diesel power includes: F3’s, NW-2’s, BL-2’s and GP 7’s all custom painted in maroon, red and black with gold lettering. The steam locomotives remaining on the roster include: 2-8-0 Consolidations, 2-8-2 Mikados, 4-8-2 Mountains plus 0-6-0 and 0-8-0 switchers.