In the Beginning…

I started this blog to document the germination and growth of a small and (eventually) modular N scale model train layout, Little Snoring Railway (LSR).

Despite the name, LSR will not be modeled after a real place, but will be ‘located’ somewhere in New England. Although much of my inspiration for modelling come from U.K. sources, the engines will be based on U.S. prototypes. I don’t want to delve too deeply into ‘world-building’ though. Instead, I’m hoping that the lore of LSR will emerge slowly and organically. For now, let it suffice that ‘Little Snoring’ was chosen because it has long been one of my favorite names for a town, and because the N-scale engine on my old layout sounded like it was snoring quietly as it ran around the track.

Where is my old layout now? Well, I had started working on it while I was in college seven or eight years ago. It was a 3’x6′ layout with a second-hand MRC Tech4 200 power pack (which never quite worked right) and a single, outdated Boston & Maine diesel that I had bought from a hobby store in central Vermont. The layout only had one feeder, so the little engine struggled slowly around the track with its dim light flickering. Despite how poorly it ran, the layout was a lot of fun to build. I gave up after a couple of years because I had very little time to devote to the project, and I couldn’t justify the half-finished chunk of scenery that was sitting in the living room. I threw the layout into my leaky shed and forgot about it. Eventually, I gave away the truss bridge and the laser kits that I never put together. I thought I was finished with model trains forever.

Five or six years later (and about two months ago), I stumbled across a website about Inglenook Sidings shunting puzzles. I knew right away that I had to make a second attempt at a layout. I decided to begin with a small Inglenook puzzle and connect it with a mainline later on. On a whim, I went out to the shed to check on my old layout and see if there was anything worth salvaging. The thing was a mess. The Hydrocal had become goopy and moldy over the years, and the tunnel was a haven for spiders. (Sorry for the potato-quality photos here).

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The old layout, upended in my leaky shed. A truss bridge once spanned the river in the lower right corner.

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Moss grew like shrubbery above the tunnel.

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Tunnel access in case of derailments.

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A terribly rendered grade crossing before the tunnel of spiders.

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The tunnel exit.

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These tracks were supposed to service a coal mine.

Fortunately, most of the non-powered Unitrack segments were intact. I ripped up what I could salvage. The turnouts were completely ruined so I will have to buy a couple of those, but otherwise I have plenty of track to make an Inglenook and then some.

So begins the story of Little Snoring Railway. I hope that this blog serves as a reference point for later additions to my layout, while also providing a place to jot down reviews, anecdotes, research, and diversions.

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