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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 9:29:15 AST.)

HO SCALE (6-foot Broad Gauge): Middleburgh & Schoharie RR in Proto87

I was asked by a member of a railway forum to design a layout based on the Middleburgh & Schoharie RR during its 6-foot gauge era. Although the client only wanted a freelance railway using a combined time saver design and inglenook, I thought that Middleburgh would make an excellent single station LDE design after I did a bit of research. I found an early 1900s map of the town (see below), and a few pictures that showed the station, but that was all I could uncover.

I decided to base my design on the map I found, and just used generic structures for the industry base. I realize that my structures aren't correct for a 1876 era layout, but without having more info, I had to settle for what I had available which I consider just placeholders. I stuck with as many of the client's other Givens & Druthers and went with the board gauge track and equipment. I also stuck with the 24" x 96" dimensions he quoted, but had to also add a staging cassette to make it all work.

Track Plan:

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Map of Middleburg:

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Overall views of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: End of Line Station, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): New York, American Railways: Middleburgh & Schoharie RR

User Comments:

Posted by Isaac Fabris on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 5:28:34 PM.

Broad gauge! Now that's not something you see everyday... well done fitting the track diagram to the layout space.

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:55:47 AM.

This was also a first for me, and there is also another layout design that used broad gauge as well, which I will post later. The hardest part was modifying my standard gauge locomotive to look right in the scene. It was so much work that I decided not to convert the rolling stock and you can see that the wheels of the railcars are falling between the rails in some of the close-ups.

Posted by Rob Chant on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 2:11:37 PM.

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Posted by Amy O'Shea on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 9:29:15 AM.

The Middleburgh Historical Society recently restored the old depot. The site still looks the same as it was in the 1930s. At the other end of the line, the Schoharie Valley Railroad depot is now a railroad museum, the Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum. And, most of the industrial buildings are still intact and onsite. A railroading gem.

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