2019-01.4: Allagash's Oxford County Branch

25 Jan 2019

Average: 4.9 (23 votes)
19:57 - Jan 2019 Act IV - Allagash's Oxford County Branch (2019)

We get a blast from the past railfanning an HO New England backwoods branch line on Mike Confalone's Allagash -- set in March of 1984.


Tbgarland's picture

The only problem with this video is that it was too short. I could watch Railfan videos of the Allagash model railroad all day! I vote that TMTV commission Mike Confalone to produce one video showcasing either his operations or his outside the box modeling every month. I bet I am not the only one who feels this way. :-)

I liked the format with the narration and Mike's new Oxford County really looks like a shortline barely hanging on.

A couple of suggestions that Mike may want to consider. A couple of figures inside the cab would be a nice touch and an operating derail protecting the Agway spur and on each end of the passing siding would make for added realism that would help to slow down the operations. I started adding some to my Seaboard Central after seeing Tom Klimoski's on his Georgia Northeastern. They are kitbashed from Alexander Scale Models details and are easliy applied or removed using an uncoupling pic.

Thanks again for sharing Mike's wonderful layout and please...make more videos! TMTV could really stand to have more content from a master like Mike.

Tim Garland


I agree with Tim. The segment is too short. Love seeing Mike's Alagash RR and how it is operated. Would love to see more.

Too short for me as well, opperations videos are my favorite, and the Alagash is a favorite operations subject. I would love a PDF of the relative track plan attached to the video page, be more educational if I could follow along. Please make more Crew Call videos.

I would love a PDF of the relative track plan attached to the video page, be more educational if I could follow along. 

You got your wish. PDF track plan attachment added!

Tbgarland's picture

Not sure if it has ever been done before but it would be awesome to follow one car's entire progress on a model railroad. A good candidate on the Allagash would be the load of pulpwood originating on the Oxford County and ending up at one of Mike's paper mills on the other end of the line. Watching the car make each connection and through its various classifications would be something beyond interesting. I can see how this would make for a cool article as well in MRH. Plus, it would help folks who want to learn more about operations understand car movements and what it often involves.

I really wish this video would have shown the train arriving into Andover and working the interchange with the Allagash and then returning back home. It would have made it more complete. Please consider a Part 2 Mike! You kinda left us hanging here. Haha!


When the local crew dropped the CP boxcar on the Agway spur, why not couple up to the empty covered hopper and save a move. They were going to the Interchange and the position in the train should not matter. Also when pulling the empty and loaded pulpwood cars, why not switch the position of the cars at the north end of the yard and return the empty back for loading instead of taking the load all the way to the waiting train and returning the empty all the way back to the loading area. just picking nits. Used to be a brakeman and saw some more effisient ways to do the work.

Great video, enjoyed it. Keep up the coverage on Mikes layout and I agree, would of loved for it to be longer.


Well detailed layout and weathered rolling stock but I have to agree with Tim one of the things missing was the crew in cab of locomotive


I wont complain (too short) or suggest "what ifs,  you should have, you could have or  why didnt ya?" great video...just not used to Allagash video being narrated by anyone other than Mike..scenery and back drop etc always impressive. Sometimes watching videos of The allagash brings me to where Id like to be... memories of the 80's in New England, small towns for breakfast, coffee, the newspaper crossword  and later the solitude of deep woods and gravel grade crossings...no hustle no bustle just easy going times. This branch line clip was cool. thanks for sharing.  

brianwoolven's picture

You could almost feel the cold, that's how realistic it looks!

It is surprising just how long a few simple moves can take.

espeelover's picture

This might just be the best video I've seen on here in quite awhile. Not that there isn't a lot of good stuff on TMTV, but this video is a cut above your norm. Although I model about as far from Maine as one can get and still be in the USofA, Sonoran desert as opposed to north-eastern woods, the feeling I get watching this video demonstrates what the hobby is to me. I mean its more than just nice models and great scenery, even more than operations. To me the hobby has to catch the heart and soul of an industry which is not always big power and shiny passenger cars, the makeshift and ramshackle forgotten branchline operations are as much a part of the industry as the class one mainline trains. In fact, speaking only for myself, I find this type of operation exactly captures what I envision on my own railroad, well at least on part of what I'm building.

That Alco S2 puttering about, and here is where I want to hug Matt Herman, that sound is not just in the ballpark like most other sound chip manufacturers who get close, LOK SOUND / ESU captures the soul, the feeling of being trackside and listening to that turbocharged 6cyl 539 doing its best to get the job done, you can even hear thr doors rattle at times with this chip, just like the one I used to see all the time; talk about the perfect flashback!  Might be that myself being a confessed ALCOhaulic I'm a tad predjudiced towards ESU, not really, my SP F's, GP9's and SD7's all have chips from Soundtrax in them, and they are the intercahange power. ESU definately wins in 4 stroke territory though, but I digress.

All this to say, great video and please, feel free to make more like this one; I loved it!

Cool video,Very nicely done layout.I have the DVD of this layout,which is very well produced.I gotta say though,although the Allagash RR is the theme of this layout,I would love to see some foreign power running on the rails.For intance some D&H "lightning stripe" RS-11's or a Alco RS3,something that would add more color and visual excitement to the scene.

Very enjoyable video.  Authentic scene, structures, rolling stock and motive power brought to life in sound and operations and evoking memories and emotion.  High art.