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Belt Lines at Railfair '17

On April 2, the Amherst Belt Lines modular layout was the main attraction at Railfair '17, sponsosred by the Nashua Valley Railroad Association. The well-attended show featured several operating layouts, plus many vendors.

Member modules in the Belt Lines layout included: Amtrak station, Bradford, Eastside, Isaiah Intermodal, John Deere, Leadville, Middletown, Northland Intermodal, and Owings Mills.


Belt Lines at the Railroad Hobby Show


Once again the Amherst Belt Lines modular layout took center stage in the Better Living Center at the 2017 Railroad Hobby Show. Consisting of over 100 modules and covering more than 4500 square feet, the Belt Lines layout drew large crowds throughout the weekend.

The layout included many creative, imaginative modules, and Belt Lines operators ran a variety of trains - long coal drags, steam, passenger trains - visitors had a change to see it all.

2017 also marked the first big show for some of the Belt Lines newest module owners. Nine students participated in the module-building clinics this fall. All attended the show, and eight had modules in the layout, including our youngest module builder, Angie, at ten years old.

Belt Lines Introduces the Module Kit

At the August 20 Amherst Railway Society Open House, the Amherst Belt Lines unveiled a new kit designed to make it even easier to build HO scale model railroad modules. 

The initial kit is a standard 2 foot x 4 foot straight module that comes with all lumber pre-drilled for assembly, all hardware, and all through-wiring components. Initial pricing on the standard module kit is $100.

If the kit idea is popular, we will add a six-foot module kit and a corner module kit as well. Our intent is to eventually list and sell the module kits through the ARS Store. For now, the kits are being produced when ordered. 

If you are interested in ordering a four-foot module kit, please contact us at:

Extra Board

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal painted a dim picture for the future of model railroading.

We disagree!


Model railroads are a system that is connected by a set of rules. Much like computer programming, model railroads appeal to adults and children with creative, inventive minds.

The term “signature freight car” often refers to cars that are unique to a particular railroad such as Milwaukee Road’s rib-side boxcars or B&O’s wagon-tops. Adding signature freight cars to your model railroad adds realistic depth to your layout.

In model railroading, community matters. When you operate with a group or participate in a club, you make new friends and learn new modeling skills.  All of us are smarter than any one of us. That’s what makes a model railroad club such a great learning experience.

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