An Exciting Addition to Downtown Wolfeboro
The Lakes Region Model Railroad Museum will be located in the recently restored Freight House to the left of the Station in downtown Wolfeboro. The museum currently being designed with state of the art model train layouts will feature interactive train operation, railroading related history of towns from Boston to North Conway, and educational opportunities.
The museum is now being designed. Here is a video of one version of the layout and features: (Click on the image to start the video)
The model railroad layouts will be HO Scale (1:87), where a person on the layout would be around 3/4 inch tall. Train layouts can be very realistic, as shown in this video by Wolfeboro resident Russ Schundler of his Rainy Day Railroad.
Freight House with Ramp and Loading Dock
The Freight House has been painted, and the ramp and loading dock are well underway. The plans for the inside of the building depend on what is allowed by LCHIP, the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program which has provided some of the funding for the restoration.
A Walk Around the Freight House and Station
Painting of the Freight House is nearly complete. Here is a photo tour of Bean Park, the Freight House, the Station, and the beginning of Bridge Falls Path, and photos of the Freight House and Station from the other side of Back Bay. Click on the photo to view the gallery.
HO Scale SS Mount Washington
Dave Warren recently completed a superb HO scale waterline model of the SS Mount Washington in her railroad days for the Wolfeboro part of the train layout. He also has models on display at the Wright Museum, the New Hampshire Boat Museum, and the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Laconia NH.
The museum will be in the Freight House (middle right) built in 1872
Freight House Restored
The Freight House has been restored and is now listed in the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places as the Wolfeboro Freight Shed.
Freight House Restoration
Here are some images of the freight house during restoration.
The ramps and loading dock will be completed soon. In the future we may expand into railroad cars on a siding at the freight dock.
Some Aspects of the Museum
In the museum design that is in progress many different ideas are being explored.
By using two level train layouts the upper level could be used for the history of the towns from Boston through North Conway, while the lower level could be used as a hands-on activity center for children. Both levels will have detailed scenery and historical content, and allow hands-on operation of trains.
The museum is divided into sections for Boston, Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester, Wakefield/Sanbornville, Wolfeboro, and North Conway. An LCD display and speakers in each section show and tell the history.
A First Person Discussion by a Family to Tell the Story at a Personal Level for each building using video and slide presentations on Smart Phones or Tablets with earphones.
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