Wilmington Railroad Museum
In the following series of pictures you will see some of the many aspects of the Museum's model railroads. All told, we have 20 operating units in four scales throughout the Museum, demonstrating the craftsmanship of this fascinating hobby. If these inspire you to investigate model railroading further we recommend a visit to the web site maintained by the National Model Railroad Association. Their introduction to model railroading information page can be found at www.nmra.org/beginner/.
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Thomas makes his rounds.
An overview of the O Scale layout as it nears completion.
Several of our smaller visitors get creative with their own layout in the Children's Hall.
Craftsmanship and attention to detail make this layout a marvel. Based on images and history of railroading in the coastal areas of North Carolina, the model is set in the transition years between steam and diesel early in the 1950s. Double mainline tracks carry passenger and freight trains, sawmills and lumber yards are served by a branch line, trolleys are operating in the re-creations of Wilson and Wilmington, and shuttles haul loads to a powerhouse or switchyards. All told, more than a dozen units operate at the touch of buttons located around the layout.
A view of the HO operating layout under construction in the Model Hall, June 2007. With 1500 sq. ft. of floor space, dedicated volunteer modelers create scenery and realistic structures. Here are a few details about the layout, along with conversions to real-size equivalents, where applicable.
· Layout area: 750 sq. ft.
· Scenic highlight: Re-creation of ACL Wilmington freight and passenger terminal area and surrounding buildings as they were in the 1950s
· Length of dual mainline: 286 ft. (4.72 scale miles)
· Total installed track: 1200 ft. (19.80 scale miles)
· Viewing perimeter: 198 ft.
· Volunteer time so far: over 25,00 hours total and counting.
With countless details as buildings and scenery are developed, the layout is gradually taking shape (after all, we have several scale square miles to finish). However, there already are twelve operating trains, and many scenic features are well under way.
The start of the model of the Wilmington Train Station in 1950.
Modelers at work on the new HO layout
The engine service yard takes shape
At work on the control electronics in the Model Railroad Workroom.
The "Wilson" area of the HO layout in December, 2007.
Another view of the Wilson area as our modelers discuss where buildings should be placed.
A view of the branch line industries of the HO layout in December 2007.
The Smith Creek Yards on the HO layout in December 2007.
The start of the installation of Plexiglas shields in the yard area December 2007.
A view of the Wilmington roundhouse and turntable, showing where engines were serviced.
Wilmington's Union Station with the roundhouse in the background. Tracks in the foreground carry the trolley to Wrightsville Beach (although Thomas has been known to show up instead).
A wedding party exits at the church at Third & Red Cross Streets in 1950 (replaced by a gas station)
A rock quarry and stone crusher help to show how limestone is extracted for cement making.
The 3rd Street bridge spans the freight rail cut to connect to the north end of downtown Wilmington.
With ACL Building B (foreground), the railroad district reaches another level of realism.
A tobacco farm adjacent to the coal fired power plant.
Three bridges cross a placid river just below the N-scale farm.
A re-created pine forest and logging diorama represents North Carolina's role in the lumber industry.