The Acadian Coast Eastern
A freelanced 1930's Maine narrow gauge line                                                                      President and Chief Gandy Dancer:  Sandy Eustis

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I hope you've enjoyed visiting the Acadian Coast Eastern.  I welcome your comments, questions, or any ideas you might have for improving either the layout or the website.  Thanks for stopping by!  

I think I've taken on a small-enough project that I might actually get to finish it in my lifetime, particularly if I'm able to find the one modeling tool I'm still looking for – a round tuit.  FWIW, I probably average about 8 hours a week "in Maine", but I've had stretches of 0 hours for weeks at a time (going away on vacation from my retirement -- the best!), and stretches of 20 hour weeks for a month or more.  I estimate that a third of my Maine time has been spent operating or just daydreaming rather than modeling.  So 52 weeks per year x 8 hours per week x .67 x 4.5 years = maybe about 1250 total hours of  working on the ACE, of which 10-20% was on stuff I've removed and redone.   So what you see on the website now probably represents about 1000 hours of workin' on the railroad way less than all the livelong day.  I told you I work slowly. 


I do know that I have years of additional enjoyment in front of me, and I might get around to posting new photos and updates on my progress now and then.  Anyway, model railroading success is a journey, not a destination, and every week I get to take a few pleasant trips to down east Maine as it might have looked in the 1930's.

The ACE is my fifth layout.  All of the others were in HO scale, and all were designed around Western Maryland themes (working a couple of coal mines, hauling coal to the coast along the mainline, Baltimore industrial switching, delivering loaded hoppers to a major east coast power plant.)  Only one of those previous layouts got to a stage where I had basic landforms and most structures in place, and that happened only because it was an 8'x6' that filled a walk-in closet.  In those days I was working full time, and I never spent more than 100 hours a year on model railroading.  Each time I moved I had to rip out a couple of years worth of open grid bench work and track.  So this time around, I decided to make the layout as portable as possible -- who says us old dogs can't learn new tricks?  Now that I'm retired, I get to spend more time at my favorite hobby, and the current state of the ACE is about as far along toward completion as I've ever gotten.  Even so, I probably have several years of work ahead of me before the ACE is reasonably complete, though I'll almost certainly be moving one last time before that happens.  I can't decide whether actually finishing a layout is good thing or a bad thing, but I do know that it's the process that's so much fun.      
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doug said:   July 15, 2015 5:59 am PST
nice layout, thanks for sharing!

Steve Montgomery said:   June 1, 2015 5:39 pm PST
Very nice layout. Wish I had went to On3 years ago. Keep up the good work.

Geof Smith said:   May 18, 2015 7:10 am PST
Hello! Nicely done! I used to work on the Maine Narrow Gauge in Portland; I love your concept! I'm building an N scale layout, and would love to post my track plan like you have for feedback, but drawing it out on paper is not my skill. How did you draw out yours?

Kenneth Majchrzak said:   February 26, 2015 9:37 am PST
You have one beautiful layout. Something to really be proud of. I wish my modeling skills were as good as yours.

Michael Pierce said:   February 9, 2015 8:29 am PST
Thanks for sharing your railroad with the rest of us. What did you use for waterfront structures ? They look great.

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