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Belt Lines in Marlboro

On December 2 & 3, the Belt Lines was a major attraction at the New England Train Expo sponsored by the NMRA HUB Division in Marlboro, Massachusetts.

For years, this show has always served as a fun model railroad kick-off to the holidays. And this year was no exception. Great layouts, lots of vendors, and a large crowd made this year’s show another memorable event.

The Belt Lines layout included the Hillsboro, HB Industrial, Westernport, Beryl, Hampshire, Isaiah Intermodal, West Medway Station, John Deere, Leadville, Clara, and Smokey Mountain module sets.

Belt Lines In Boxboro

On October 14 & 15, the Amherst Belt Lines was the main attraction at RailFair 2017 Fall, sponsored by the Nashua Valley Railroad Association. The show is a major fundraiser for Nashua Valley.

Previously a one-day event, this popular show has expanded to two days, and moved to a larger location in Boxboro, Massachusetts.

The Belt Lines layout included the Amtrak Charello, Clara, Isaiah Intermodal, John Deere, Northland Intermodal, Owings Mills, Smokey Mountain, and Sullivans/Eastside modules.

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:

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