Wilton (Gilbert & Bennett) with fascia painted, rail down and upper level track support behind.
Right to left: Dave and Neil lay splines through Georgetown. Tom lays roadbed over the spline. Ties are down and stained. Fascia paneling has been added to Georgetown.
Right to Left: Grid benchwork is in place at Georgetown. Ray and Dave work on setting track risers. Track risers in place at Georgetown.
Prototype: Georgetown is another sleepy little town along the railroad. While it is a quite plesant scene, operationally it's greatest asset was the Gilbert & Bennett company, which was a large industry on the edge of town. Their primary product was wire screening, which was still a very new thing in 1892. They made galvanized wire fencing, window screening, sieves, and other wire cloth products that were sold and shipped as far away as St. Louis and Chicago.
The buildings at the site today do not date back to the 19th century, the earliest is dated 1909. Fortunately several photos exist of the factory in the early years showing many of the buildings and their configuration in the late 1800's. Here are a few:
The first is a drawing from about thr 1880's showing the many buildings that made up the upper factory complex. The railroad siding went through the center of the factory and had a double-ended siding inside it. It's my intention to model four of the buildings closest to the track, the entire complex will not fit.
This photo, taken from the railroad bridge over the spillway, shows the four structures I intend to model. The two factory buildings on the right, and the two unusual buildings on the left. The tower belongs to the triangular building in the foreground, and one of the metal smokestacks belongs to the tall white building behind it.
On the Layout:
The original plan to model Gilbert & Bennett from was going to be of the lower factory, which was located on the main line and ran next to the river and mill pond. But when the scene for Georgetown was shortened so Brookfield Jct. could be modeled, the plan changed to the upper factory because it fit the smaller scene better. At any rate, the Gilbert & Bennett factory should provide the railroad with many loads in and empty finished products out.
Track is in and the switches hooked up, so G&B is operational, and I've spent some time coming up with plans to model the structures. I'm hoping it will be a eye-catching scene with the four foreground (but narrow) buildings, as well as the raceway and bridge plus the station and Union Hall. It will be a crowded scene but it should look really good, and I hope it will be fun to work it. It will be a little difficult because of the two foreground buildings that will make it hard to reach the tracks, but I think crews will take it in stride.
Georgetown will eventually have a passing siding, but not a long one. It's going to be hard to fit in because of the confined space, but I think it's really important to have it to keep traffic moving. We did not include it the first time through the scene, but we will be going back and putting it in at some point.
Go Back to the The Layout Plan