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PANORAMIC 1: This is Middletown, the most urban part of the Middletown & Mystic Mines RR.  It is served by both the railroad and river traffic.  The door to the railroad room is just to the left.   This area of the layout has been the subject of many articles:   Urban Modeling,  Middletown  Passenger  Station, Backdrop Collage, Working Street Light, Scenic Problem Solved, The Tenements, Building Demolition, Six Buildings from Three, and Modeling a Small Scrap Yard.  


PANORAMIC 2:  Panning to the right, we come to the 6-foot mountain where the scenery descends to the floor level.  The trestle was scratch built from basswood cut on  my table saw  using a veneer blade.  It is about  three feet long and 20 inches high.   This is the scene you first see coming into the railroad room.  I was influenced by John Allen and his Squaw Mountain.


 PANORAMIC 3: This is the other side of the peninsular which  has a 2-sided backdrop.  The tunnel, at left foreground, is the shortest on the line.  In the far distance, you can see one of the coal mines  that was scratch built from one in Park City, Utah.   It is serviced by the Mystic Mines Railroad,  the HOn3 part of the system.  In time, I will install the track panel and meters on the panel that will provide switching at this mine.


PANORAMIC 4:  The branch line continues up the steep grade to the Mystic yard and engine facilities.   The two stall engine house was scratch built from an article by John Allen  on his engine house in  RMC back in the late 40's.   I had this model  entered in a  regional  contest held in New York City.   It just happened that John Allen was also there.  As you might imagine, he inspected my model rather closely, inside and out, and said "You made the same mistake in the bracing that was in the plans."  I said  "John, I  made the model just as the plans called for it to be made."                                                                             

PANORAMIC 5:  Mystic Yard, looking to the direction of the town of Mystic.  It's a busy yard  which always seems clogged with cars.  The Mystic Mines narrow gauge train is crossing the Don Clerke Bridge, to the left.  The turntable pit here is lined with timbers instead of concrete and coal, sand, and water are available to service  locomotives.  Usually, a Shay locomotive does the switching here.


PANORAMIC 6:  This is the town of Mystic.   This begins the "closed-part" of  the W-shaped layout.   In the foreground,  the green building is Perkin's Produce, the subject of an article I had published in 1974.  Kits were produced from this model in HO and N scales.  The coal silos was built from an actual structure in Middlefield, CT, when I was 16.   I have a slide clinic I present at regional meets on this town.   Articles from this area include:  Car Trouble, Incident on Depot Road, Sign Change, Forced Perspective, Making Structures Unique, as well as Perkin's and the Coal Towers.   


PANORAMIC 7: This is Land's End, home of the Mystic Mines RR narrow gauge.  It has a single stall engine house and gallows turntable.  The coal facility (immediate right) and the passenger station (in front of water tower) were built by the late Rob Corriston who wrote many structure articles for Railroad Model Craftsman.  The yard has only three tracks and a passing siding.  It also has a scratch built 3-way stub turnout.  A short amount of dual-gauged track connect Land's End with the passenger station in Mystic.  The pencil line on the backdrop denotes the track level for the Mystic Coal Transfer Facility yet to be built.

I know you can't see much detail of the layout from these Panoramic Views so I suggest you take a train over the whole layout and see it up close by selecting LAYOUT TOUR.