Chip Faulter Layout Description

Layout Owner/Location

   Owner/Builder’s name(s)

Chip Faulter

   Contact phone number(s)


   Contact email

   Layout address

31 Spruce lane, Phippsburg, ME

   GPS accurate for this address? (y/n)


   Parking capacity/where and how to park?

Parking in drive for 4 to 5 cars, or on our private road, unlimited

   Any landmarks to look for to help find location?

Drive past the horse farm, next right.  Sign at top of our driveway

Layout Description

   Name of railroad

The Kennebec, Wiscasset and Farmington Line





   Approximate size of layout (ft.)

20 by 13 feet “L” shape  with a port area expansion underway

   Length of mainline track (ft.)

40 ft. of double track mainline, over 300 ft. of total track.  The expansion will nearly double the total feet of track

   Theme of the model railroad

Imagine if the PRR extended freight operations to the coast of Maine ….

   Prototype roads represented


   Era or time frame

Early 1950’s

   Motive power type (diesel, steam, traction, electric)

Diesel and steam, might see an electric motor without catenary … use your imagination

   Freight, passenger, or both?

Freight and passenger

   Based on prototype or freelanced?


   Scenery methods and % complete

Various scenery methods, several scenes complete and detailed, overall scenery 40% complete

   Track % complete

100% track operational, 30% ballasted, code 100 NS flex track, various brands of turnouts and turnout controls

   Control system (DC, DCC & brand, proprietary)

NCE DCC or Analog

   Will trains be running during the visit?


   Other interesting information about the layout

Layout started in the late 1980’s as a DC Analog 4 cab system and continues to be a work in progress reflecting changes in the hobby for structures, track, scenery techniques and basic layout design.  An extension in to another room is underway with a 7ft by 7ft port area to exhibit the rail/marine interface.  The benchwork is installed in the port area with track laying and initial scenery work underway.  Also new since the 2015 layout tour is the elimination of the “duckunder” and replacement with a lift bridge scene complete with a model of my wife’s grandfather’s lobster boat “Dolphin”.

Layout Viewing

   ADA accessible?  Describe limitations

No, no room for wheelchair in layout aisles and 52” nominal layout height.  Rear entry to basement at ground level with 2 short steps

   Aisle width/ ranges (ft.)

32” max width, some less

   Max # of visitors allowed in layout area at once

2 to 3

   Average time to view layout?  (min.)

10 to 15 min

   Any unique characteristics?

Owner also has an extensive collection of PRR locomotives, rolling stock and books.

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