Ed Hamilton Layout Description

Layout Owner/Location
   Owner/Builder’s name(s) Ed Hamilton
   Contact phone number(s) 207 882-7494
   Contact email ed@bronzesculpture.net
   Layout address 577 Cross Point Road, Edgecomb, ME
   GPS accurate for this address? (y/n) Y
   Parking capacity/where and how to park? There is room for about 5 cars at the bottom of the driveway, two at the top and unlimited parking along Cross Point Road.
   Any landmarks to look for to help find location? From either direction, this is where Cross Point Rd comes close to the Sheepscot River
Layout Description
   Name of railroad
   Scale(s) G
   Approximate size of layout (ft.) 61 feet long, 3.25-5 feet wide
   Length of mainline track (ft.) 150’ +
   Theme of the model railroad British/European
   Prototype roads represented
   Era or time frame Loosely in the 50’s and 60’s
   Motive power type (diesel, steam, traction, electric) Steam, diesel, electric. All locomotives are made by LGB except one, which is an Accucraft, with some locomotives measuring 18” and weighing almost 8 pounds.
   Freight, passenger, or both? Both
   Based on prototype or freelanced?
   Scenery methods and % complete Some of the bridges and the wharf are made from individual ‘bricks’ made of self hardening potter’s clay, dried then glued together. Hills are made of wood and plaster, and a large amount of Woodland Scenics products! Scenery is 100% complete
   Track % complete The layout was started in 2005, just after the first grandchild was born and is completed and fully operational.  Using the isolated sections, three trains can run on the continuous loop at the same time. The reversing curves at each end are hidden, for realism. There are 20 additional isolated sidings/platforms for storing trains, for the 9 locomotives, each with signals and lights on the control panels.  Most of the baseboard is built on 10” thick stress skin panels. Tracks are directly secured to this and live ballast added over sleepers.
   Control system (DC, DCC & brand, proprietary) To make operation simple for all ages, I used old fashioned isolated sections, linked both to signals and to lights on the two panels, so kids can see what’s live and which trains are going to move! Remote sidings have electric uncouplers and all switches/points are controlled from the panels. There’s a control box at each end but the main one can run everything, including the far end yard, using two video cameras.
   Will trains be running during the visit? Yes.  Visitors may operate the trains themselves, one at a time. Children will demonstrate the remote cranes and other features, and supervise anyone (including children) who want to try these interactive features themselves.
   Other interesting information about the layout
   Facebook https://www.facebook.com/modelBoatsTrainsPlanes (I also build planes and scratch built boats, which I can show anyone interested).
   Video http://youtu.be/ExfT9pbSW9s

This video includes shots taken from the trains themselves, using a GoPro camera and shows the operation of many of its remotely controlled features, demonstrated by children. It has a commentary and is 8 minutes long. The grandkids are included in the video as their participation and involvement have been an important part of this project!

Layout Viewing
   ADA accessible?  Describe limitations Yes.  The layout is in the basement. We ask that visitors please enter only from the garden and not via the house. Access is through a wide double porch door. The earth walkway through the garden down to this door involves a slope, but a vehicle can come down this path if needed for this purpose.
   Aisle width/ ranges (ft.)
   Maximum visitors allowed in layout area at one time Given the length of the layout, at least 25 spread out. Operation of the features is limited to one person at a time per item.

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Track Plan for Layout. If you wish to enlarge this image, double click on it and open it in a separate page. Depending on your browser, you may then be able to enlarge it again by clicking on the image with your cursor (+). If necessary, you may need to scroll left and right to see the whole track plan.

Hamilton track plan