Mill Falls – Exhibition Manager’s Notes

Mill Falls is a fictitious busy manufacturing hill-town with industries involved in the production of carpets, furniture, beer, confectionery and spinning machinery. Set in the late steam/early diesel era of the early 1950’s. It is somewhere close to Route 1, which links Boston, Massachusetts with Bangor, Maine.

The eastern seaboard of the USA was the original manufacturing heart of the USA and New England was its heartbeat. By the early 50’s the area was rundown and not too tidy. The structures have been deliberately constructed to look a little worse for wear. The majority of the buildings are either “limited-edition” craftsmen kits – from Fine Scale Miniatures, South River Modelworks, and Foscale (a plan and lots of wood), laser-cut wood kits or scratch-built.

The layout features a water scene with two typical New England mills. The buildings are truly representative of the area – for example Mill Falls Spinning Ring Co is based on an old mill from Whitinsville and Mill Falls Fine Carpets from an old mill in Thorndike – both in Massachusetts, while the Mills Falls depot (station) is the Queen Anne-style train stop at Crawford Notch in New Hampshire on the old Maine Central. Stuffy’s Brewery and Currier Cabinet Makers are typical of small industries that could be found in old Boston.

Mill Falls is operated with a Digitrax DCC system, which allows independent control of the locos, most of which are fitted with sound decoders. Switching (shunting) is accomplished by using Kadee automatic couplers together with magnets concealed underneath the track.

Sound effects are featured with the sound of water rushing over the falls, a honky-tonk piano in Stuffy’s bar and timber being cut in the furniture factory. Lighting effects include working signals, flashing crossing lights and a road traffic accident.

The devil is in the detail – can you spot the following:- 53 figures, 8 pigeons, 7 dogs, 3 cats, the moose, the stag, the car licence plates, the newspaper vendor, the shoeshine chair, the manhole covers and drains?

Dimensions – 2x fiddle yards 17 feet x 23 inches, can be 13 feet with only 1x fiddle yard
Control Digitrax DCC
Locos RTR models from Proto 2000, Atlas, Bachmann & Broadway
Trackwork Peco Code 75, turnouts fitted with Peco solenoids and micro-switches

For further information, please e-mail Mike Carter or call 01628 784867