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 attempts 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 operating sessions. In an operating session, approximately 15 "grown-ups" spend a day operating the model railroad using the same procedures, rules, customs, and purpose of the real Central Vermont in 1956.

The section of the real railroad 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 city to just past Palmer, MA (CV mile 65.0). The route takes us through Montville, Norwich, Yantic, Lebanon, Willimantic, S. Coventry, Mansfield, W. Willington, Stafford, State Line, Monson MA, and Palmer MA.

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 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.