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As announced in my NNE Scenic 2 Build blog thread, my imminent move back to NH where we will eventually retire amongst family and friends also has led to a decision to start fresh and return to HO scale after my 6 year detour into N scale.
This thread will chronicle my design process to come up with the design for the HO scale NNE Scenic V3.
My first reply on the thread will start to talk about some of my goals and my initial thoughts on my givens and druthers. I will welcome questions, ideas, and prodding to really get to the heart of what the new layout should be.
As I contemplate initial Givens and Druthers for the NNE Scenic V3, I find myself thinking of wants for things I didn't choose in the prior versions, and also of things I would potentially like to keep. Most of all, I find myself unsure of what wants are most important.
V1 and V2 both included Dover NH, and my new home will be in Dover, so I think that should be part of V3 as well. I see the railroad as tying parts of my life and that of my wife together. To that end, my wife grew up in neighboring Portsmouth, which was going to be part of V2, so I want to keep Portsmouth. We lived for 5 years in Exeter, NH, which I had done all the track work for in my V2 N scale layout, so that feels like a want, but not as strongly. I also had Rockingham Junction which connects all of the above.
But I grew up in Nashua NH and my wife and I also spent 4 years living in Manchester.
So what this seems to lead me to is:
Nashua --> Manchester --> Rockingham Junction --> Portsmouth
Dover also had a line to Portland, which could add interest to be able to get to/from Portland both ways. I previously modeled North Conway as well, which I could still consider north of Dover. And if I got really crazy there was connection between North Conway through Intervale back to Portland as well. But that seems like too many connections for feasible benchwork to be possible, and probably way too many locations without them starting to squish together even as double deck.
My difficulty with the Rockingham Junction connected set of locations is contemplating a benchwork configuration that effectively requires significant runs in all four compass directions.
As I contemplate, here are some possible initial Givens and Druthers:
More thoughts to follow either this week or next. Despite doing this for several years now and reading lots of these blogs on new layouts, I find myself feeling a bit lost and I don;t know why. V1 and V2 just came to me and seemed obvious to me what I wanted to do. This time is so much less clear and yet seems like it has greater promise.
Thoughts or ideas for helping me clarify my own thinking welcome.
This article first appeared on model-railroad-hobbyist.com
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