Name: Ed Hamilton
Contact Phone: 207-882-7494 (h)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Layout Address: 577 Cross Point Road, Edgecomb, 04556
Location Aids: From either direction, this is where Cross Point Rd comes close to the Sheepscot River. We ask that visitors please enter only from the garden and not via the house. Access is through a wide double porch door.
61 feet long, 3.25-5 feet wide with a 150’+/- mainline. It is based on British/European lines set loosely in the 50’s and 60’s. It includes steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. All locomotives are made by LGB except one, which is an Accucraft, with some locomotives measuring 18” and weighing almost 8 pounds. Both passenger and freight trains will be running. Most of the baseboard is built on 10” thick stress skin panels. Tracks are directly secured to this and live ballast added over sleepers. The layout scenery is 100% 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!
“The layout was started in 2005, just after the first grandchild was born and is completed and fully operational. To make operation simple for all ages, I used old fashioned isolated sections, linked both to signals and to lights on 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. 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. Yes trains will be running. 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.
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!”
The layout is ADA accessible. The layout is in the basement. 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.