Late 2019 site updates:

--Key Scenes is a new page

--Picture Gallery has a lot of new background slides pulled from 2019 clinics by the Superintendent

--Operating Sessions: Paperwork is a new page featuring our forms and some explanation and illustrations

--Articles and Media is a new section because we were the subject of an article in the CVRR Historical Society magazine that we want to share

Our HO scale model railroad layout aspires to faithfully represent the operations of the Central Vermont Railway's Southern Division circa 1956. We are an "operating" layout, meaning that we conduct regular invitation only operating sessions. In an operating session, approximately 15 "grown-ups" spend a day operating the model railroad using the same procedures, rules, customs, and fulfilling the purpose of the real Central Vermont in 1956.

The section of the real CV that we have chosen to model begins at Union Station in New London CT (CV mile 0.0) and travels north from this busy port through East New London Yard. On our HO model the yard is more or less 60 feet long. Leaving the busy yard, the route takes us through Montville, Norwich, Yantic, Lebanon, Willimantic, S. Coventry, Mansfield, W. Willington, and Stafford, all in Connecticut, then passes through State Line to Monson and Palmer, Massachusetts (CV mile 65.0).

Along the way, as is typical of railroads handling long distance freight, the CVRR interchanged with other railroads to receive and hand off loads. Our layout follows the real CVRR in this respect too, interchanging with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in New London, Norwich, and Willimantic and the Boston and Albany Railroad in Palmer MA. North of Palmer, and existing "off of the horizon" on our layout, is an interchange with the Boston and Maine. To the far north beyond the horizon is Canada, and handling freight heading to and from Canada (the CVRR parent was Canadian National) is a big part of the railroad's purpose.