Dick Elwell

A Behind the Scenes Tour of Hoosac Valley Railroad

Dick Elwell
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For an example of highly detailed landscapes and realistic scenery, look no further than the Hoosac Valley model railroad designed and constructed by Dick Elwell. His display showcases his precision, thoroughness, and dedication to the craft of railroad modeling. Around every corner is an impressive display of craftsmanship. A layout such as this inspires the imagination and fuels creativity.

The Hoosac Valley Model Railroad

This video is the introduction to a 10-part series on the Hoosac Valley model railroad. Allen Keller sets in motion the series with Dick Elwell by taking a behind the scenes look at the Hoosac Valley. Throughout this extensive series, Allen and Dick discuss the operations of the track as well as the planning and inspiration behind the layout. Dick also offers a step-by-step tutorial on creating realistic tree trunks and provides expert tips on weathering and detailing.

The Hoosac Valley model railroad is a 40 foot by 26 foot layout and can be operated in a continuous loop or point to point. Allen asks Dick if this setup ever created any track planning problems for him. Allen also provides further detail on the track and its plan.

In the remaining part of the video, Allen narrates as the Hoosac Valley jeep #1520 makes its way along the tracks. The trains travel across hidden track, through tunnels and over bridges. They pass by citizens of Hoosac Valley going about their daily lives, cruise by the Kennedy’s Department Store, and proceed by the Beaver Pond. You will learn the stories behind each building, body of water, and various other scenic elements, including how they contribute to the overall narrative of Hoosac Valley.

The tour leaves off at Mr. Bill’s Warehouse in Farnams, but the series has just begun and there is much more to explore. Continue on this journey with Allen and Dick to learn more about the Hoosac Valley model railroad as well as various tips and tricks from the master himself.

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