Broadalbin Track Plan

FJG Broadalbin Plan

Note that #6 should be Mohawk Asbestos & Insulation Co. I will upload a correct version in the near future. Larro Feed is also Broadalbin Coal & Supply Co.

Here it is.

As you can see from yesterday’s post, Broadalbin is both small and relatively straight.  These are both good attributes for a shelf layout.  The blue line represents Kennyetto Creek, and the black line is Bridge St.  The yellow circle is the turntable.  Each square represents one square foot.

If you compare it with the screenshots from yesterday, you’ll see that all of the industries are represented (although some will be compressed, especially Broadalbin Knitting Mill).  The former cement storage building converted to private residence has been omitted due to space restraints.  The only other major alteration is having the sharp curve between Bridge St. and the knitting mill where the creek goes underneath the tracks.

Part of my goal with the design was that I wanted to allow for continuous operation without the use of a five-fingered crane (a.k.a. my hand).  The runaround loop on the right is designed to allow for the locomotive to run around the train before heading back into Broadalbin.  The siding at the far right is for storing cars.

The benchwork for the layout will be constructed using the “domino” method.  Four separate tables will be built 50″ high and be designed to allow for easy dis-assembly and moving: one including the knitting mill, one from the left side to between ‘4’ and ‘5’, one from ‘4’ and ‘5’ to the edge of staging, and one from the edge of staging to the right side.  The layout is two feet wide.

In later posts, I will break down the design process and explain why I chose HO Scale.  For now, I want to hear your thoughts on this.  Do you think this is an effective design?  Would you recommend any changes?


Introducing Broadalbin

Since my shelf layout will be replicating the town of Broadalbin, I thought I should take a post to introduce the prototype.  To do this, I’m using screenshots from Paul Charland’s Microsoft Train Simulator route.


Broadalbin is a small town at the eastern end of the Fonda Johnstown and Gloversville.  The line was completed in 1895 and remained the end of the line for the railroad’s history.  In the 1950s, it was serviced by one mixed train per day in the morning from Gloversville.  Here we are looking toward the east.

ImageThis is the Mohawk Asbestos & Insulation Company.  This  building later became Pinewood Sawdust.



Broadalbin Coal & Supply Co.  This industry supplied both coal and animal feed to residents and local businesses.

ImageThis was a feed and cement warehouse in the 1920s, but by the 1950s it was a private residence.

ImageSince Broadalbin was the end of the line, steam locomotives needed to be turned around.  However, the turntable was inadequate for the heavier steam locomotives and the diesels, so it was then used for turning snowplows.

ImageThe FJ&G Freight Shed was used by a variety of customers for different commodities.  One such customer was D & K Fiber.  Cotton waste would come in and shoddy wool would be taken out.


ImageBroadalbin Station is one of the few structures of the railroad that remains to this day.  It was from here that passengers could depart for Gloversville.

ImageThe Broadalbin Knitting Mill was a major industry in town until 1959.  It then became Mohawk Furniture.  The industry still stands but is now abandoned.

ImageThis is a warehouse for the Knitting Mill.

ImageThis is the end of the line.

ImageHere is a final view of Broadalbin.  Click here for some photographs of the FJ&G in Broadalbin.

In my next post, I will show my track plan.