(This is the 2nd part of the tour - Part 1 is here)
Rocky Hill is the next town south from Wethersfield. As you 'round the curve heading southbound, this is what you would have seen Back In The Day:
|Rocky Hill looking south - CT river to the left, freight house at center, station past that in the distance.|
|No buildings yet, but the cars are spotted where the freight house will be. The station will be just beyond.|
|Rocky Hill - North is to the right.|
|Foreground boxcars on house track, crossover just beyond, Dividend in distance (those cars spotted at Billings & Spencer)|
|Dividend - north to the right. Hartford Rayon main plant to the south of Belamose Ave. Old Billings & Spencer building (used as rayon warehouse in 1947) to the north of Belamose Ave. Switchback not shown on this early map.|
|Dividend, looking southwest. Cars are on the old Billings & Spencer tail track. You can see the switchback in the distance.|
|Overview of Dividend/Rocky Hill looking north|
|Station in center - note Main Street (aka Middlesex Turnpike). Coal Co. not shown, but would be at end of siding.|
|Great (and lucky) photo mockup of Main Street crossing looking north, and in my era! Siding on the left - station will be between siding and mainline.|
Lastly (for now anyway), here's another shot of Cromwell showing the siding and the track in the background going through the backdrop. See the "inset" on the trackplan for the track arrangement back there, but suffice it to say that there are two tracks - the closer one is the line from "Hartford" staging (i.e. Middletown) to Wethersfield. The further line next to the wall goes from Middletown to East Berlin (not yet modeled). If you saw yesterday's post on Wethersfield, the train you see here is the same one that was heading "northbound under the Rt. 15 overpass."
All in all, I like how the Rocky Hill/Dividend/Cromwell section came out. I didn't have to make any significant compromises, other than compressing the linear run. But even on the prototype, these towns are pretty close together. And, thankfully, the prototype operations are such that you don't end up having too much - or usually any - of the rest of your train in a different town than your loco when you're switching. With the backdrop dividing the scenes so effectively, you still get a real sense of "going somewhere" when you're operating. Given my space limitations, that's pretty much the best I could hope for.
So we've made it so far from Wethersfield to Cromwell. Next stop, Middletown....