Hamilton – Exhibition Manager’s Notes

A brief description of the layout for inclusion into your program.

 The layout depicts an area of Ohio but has not been modelled on any particular place. Its purpose is to demonstrate how American modelling can be enlightening as well as enjoyable. Initial built in 3 months for Wycrail ’05 it has been added to and super detailed to what you see today.

The AT&SF known as the ‘Santa Fe’ is the major train operator. Purchased by the Burlington Northern it is now bears the name of the BNSF and newly painted locos can be seen passing through the town. Other Railroad companies, such as Canadian Railroads, the Union Pacific, the L&N and the Southern Pacific Railroads have trackage rites to operate a through service..

The town of Hamilton is a small community comprising of Main Street with a small industrial area at the east end of town and the grain storage silos near the river at the western side of town.

The railroad has served this part of Middle America since the late 1800’s as this was great farming country. Hamilton is a division point where the tracks divide going east serving smaller farming communities and the mainline heading farther east towards Chicago. The approaching tracks from the west, cross fertile plains following the river, criss-crossing it as it enters the town finally passing through a lattice truss bridge that traverses the main highway as well as the river. A small chantey town flanks the side of the tracks and a camp fire surrounded by dropouts and hobos can be seen in the woods. The Depot is a modern structure built in 1989 replacing the original structure that unfortunately was destroyed by a tornado the previous year. The same tornado created a lot of damage in the town and a new bank building can be seen together with a fast food outlet where stood an early 19th century bank buildings and similar properties. The fire station serves a large part of the community. The town centre has a thriving group of shops and offices that surround the town square.

The railroad serves numerous businesses such as an animal feed and farm machinery supplier, a small oil storage and supply depot and a furniture factory. One of the tracks has a loading area known as the ‘team track’. Here trucks reverse up to the railroad wagon to load or unload their goods as they are not large enough to support their own direct tracks.

The baseboard construction is of the tried and tested ‘L’ girder method promoted by Lin Westcott, editor of Model Railroader during the 60s and 70s in the USA. Although the construction is heavy it has served its purpose well making it transportable but strong.

Locomotives are from a variety of manufacturers but most are Kato or Atlas. Rolling stock is also from a wide manufacturer’s base with KD couplers being standardised throughout.

Electrics have been simplified as much as possible as nobody wanted to do wiring in the N scale group. Train control is by GaugeMaster panel mounted controllers, points are switched with Tortoise motors conventionally wired. The next step to simplifying the wiring is to go DCC but that decision is yet to be taken.

Van Hire dependant on the time of hire
Petrol/Diesel – Van & Operators Cars dependant upon the distance
Operators minimum 4
Power 1 x 13amp sockets
Insurance value £6,000 plus stock
Tables None
Space required 5metre x 2 metre  (16ft x 7ft)
Special requirements NO STAIRS PLEASE

For further information e-mail Dave Fryer – the coordinator