First stop: Wethersfield
Here's the Sanborn map to help orient you (as always, you can click on the image to "embiggen"):
|In this early view, the siding to Ballantine's hasn't been built yet, but you see where Rt. 15 crosses over ("steel & conc bridge"), Jordan Lane & Wethersfield Lumber|
|Rt. 15 overpass (stand-in mockup) that hides the hole in the backdrop. The train is heading northbound "under" the bridge. Switch to Ballantine's Beer Distributors in the foreground.|
|Note long passing siding, station, Church St., Gra-Rock|
|Wethersfield station area: Station to the right & Gra-Rock (stand-in photo mockup) to the left. Church Street runs (will run) between. You can also see one of the "scene setting" photos on the fascia (subject of a previous post). Both buildings still exist.|
|Valley Coal, including office. Wells Rd to the south.|
|Valley Coal, just north of Wells Road. The photo/mockup/stand-in works particularly well here, being almost the right scale (and it's the only known photo of this industry).|
|Overview of Wethersfield looking north|
The ultimate test is when somebody familiar with the area recognizes it as such. My effort here passed John Wallace's scrutiny. He grew up in the area and lives there still. But having such a resource so close can be a double-edged sword. After I "completed" Wethersfield the first time, he noted the passing siding was long gone by 1947. So, to be as accurate as possible, out it came and up went some more benchwork & track (re)arranging.
Of course, the other critical test is that the layout owner/artist is satisfied with the result. I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Especially after I made the modifications based on John's recollections. That siding (the bulk track) that swings way out from the station, looks just like that in real life. Having that feature replicated on my railroad goes a long way to making Wethersfield as realistic as possible, at least to my eye.
Next stop - Rocky Hill/Dividend...