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Thanks for visiting the on-line counterpart to my HO scale model railroad layout, the Northeast Kingdom Railroad. My name is Mike McNamara and whether you have been to my website before or just came across it while browsing the Internet, I hope you’ll find some useful and entertaining information here. If you have been to my layout, I hope this will add to your knowledge and make you want to come back for another visit.



This web site covers most of the background information about my model railroad and the prototypes I model.

For current news, recent photos and other updates, be sure to visit my blog at

Last Update: October 3, 2013

Web page written and maintained by Mike McNamara

My model railroading interest is in northern New England railroading, primarily in the late 1970s to early 1980s time period. I am particularly interested in the Maine Central Railroad and its Mountain Division, from Portland, Maine to St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I am also interested in the Boston & Maine, Lamoille Valley, Canadian Pacific and Central Vermont lines operating in Vermont, as well as the North Stratford RR in nearby northern New Hampshire. To incorporate all this my layout is being built to center around the yard in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Here are two views of relatively completed scenes on my layout. They sit across the aisle from one another. On the left, a Canadian Pacific RS2 waits for inbound trains next to the landmark ET & HK Ide building in St. Johnsbury, VT. Meanwhile, on the right, a Lamoille Valley RS-3 with train MJ-2 approaches the grade crossing at East Hardwick, VT.

My layout was part of two tours during the NMRA’s National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, the Independence Junction, in July of 2006. If you were on one of those tours, drop me an e-mail and say hello!

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I do selected Custom Painting projects.

This website encapsulates a lot of the research information I compiled while designing and building my layout. You will find information here about the prototype as well as information on how I built my layout and how I built specific models for the layout.

I have lots of information spread out on the pages of this site. To help you get to what you want quickly, I have divided the information into 4 topics:

Prototype Railroads

My Layout

Model Railroad Projects

Articles I have written

Each main page will take you to more web pages under those specific topics. It may take you a while to get through everything I have here, but take your time and enjoy. Add a bookmark and stop by often.

I have also created a Site Map page to help you find a specific page.

If you would like to contact me, to ask questions or provide information, go to my About Me page for my e-mail address.


In St. Johnsbury yard, the CP/BM train has arrived and is being switched, while the MEC train YR-1 is about ready to depart. On the left, at the southern end of the St. Johnsbury yard, the CP Rail switcher is hard at work while the Lamoille Valley’s daily train MJ-2 waits to enter the yard for interchange.

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Here are some model railroading links to other web sites that I really enjoy:

railroad-line forums

Cam Greene’s PT Layout

Recent scenery work (Aug 2013) has been done in the Crawford Notch scene on the layout. Here Maine Central train RY-2 comes through the Gateway as it approaches Crawford station. The rockwork was done using techniques described by Mike Confalone in his MRH Video (