Maine Central, Lamoille Valley

Maine Central, Lamoille Valley
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Photo Backdrops

I have been working on the layout during these hot summer months. I'll show a little bit of what has been going on for you now...

I had picked up some CDs of Photo Backdrops at the Springfield show in January and I decided to try and make use of them. These are the ones from Larc Products in New York. I printed on full page labels and then cut them out as instructed. I installed them in 2 places. The first is behind the MEC track between East St. Johnsbury and Gilman. I am pretty happy with how this turned out and I am looking forward to putting some trees and scenery between the backdrop and the track to finish the effect.

The next location I worked on was a new section, a shelf above the existing track at the end of the aisle. I added this to represent North Stratford. I'll detail a little more on how the trains get up to this level in a future post. This was an even longer run, with the backdrop measuring 11 feet I believe. Here is a look at part of it over the Gilman scene below.

I really like how these turned out and look forward to using them on the scenes behind Whitefield and Crawford Notch. I played around with using parts of them behind existing ground foam covered backdrops I installed along the LVRC, and I think this will work well also.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Princeton Jct. Convention

My layout will be open for the upcoming NMRA Mid-Eastern Region (MER) Fall Convention, Princeton Junction 2010. Being held from Thursday September 30th through Sunday October 3rd, there is plenty to see and do at the convention. More details on the MER Convention Website,

I will open my layout on Thursday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. I was asked to submit 4 photos of the layout to the promotional committee, so here they are:

This does not show any of the unfinished areas, including the 2nd and 3rd phase areas of course, so there is more of the layout to see than this. But the finished scenes work better for promotional purposes.

Hope you can make it to the convention and a visit to my layout!