Prototype: Bethel was the southern point of the "Danbury Diamond", where four towns at the compass points were each joined on the diagonals by the Housatonic Railroad. Northwest out of Bethel led to Danbury, northeast led to Hawleyville via the Shepaug, Litchfield & Northern (SL&N), over which the Housatonic had trackage rights to Hawleyville. The northern point of the diamond was Brookfield Junction, which led up the "old" mainline to Northern Connecticut & Massachusetts.
A charming little town, Bethel had a beautiful little gingerbread station and a lumber yard. The Station, built by the Danbury & Norwalk Railroad, is very similar to the board and batten D&N Station in Danbury. Only one photo is known to have survived of it, that picture is shown at the right.
On the model: Bethel's exact plan isn't complete yet, but the basics are in: The line heading in from the right is the HRR main from Branchville. The line exiting to the top left is the line to Hawleyville, actually it ducks behind a backdrop and heads into staging in the panhandle. The line to the lower left comes around and into Danbury.
A small track to the left of the passing siding is meant to be the siding for the lumber yard, but may be changed to an escape track for helper engines. An extended siding for the lumberyard may yet be added, as well as a house track for the Station and an interchange track for the SL&N at some point. It's most likely Hawleyville was the interchange point between the SL&N and the HRR, but to improve the operational possibilities we may compromise and move that action to Bethel.
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