Bailey's Quarry and Bailey’s Lumber in S scale


Charles Bailey operated a series of second-hand 0-4-0 locomotives over a short quarry line to move his products to the Suncook Valley branch, and later, Railroad.  A history of the railway is here: Forty Years of Granite and Steel.   With its 4% grade, tight curves, in-quarry switching, and dramatic working face, Bailey's quarry offers many attractive modeling features.

Bailey’s Lumber, located in Allenstown at the Chester Turnpike and River Rd., was one of the Valley ’s largest customers, producing box shooks and finished lumber.  

1921 USGS Topographic Map

May 5, 1951 USGS aerial survey photo

Track Plan

The track plan shows a 12’ by 14’ L that depicts the entire quarry line in addition to the Suncook Valley Railroad from the new (1931) US Rt 3 underpass to just beyond the lumber company’s sidings.  Staging to represent Valley points may be connected as an island in the center, while future layout growth would continue past Rt 3 on the left towards the switchback and Suncook Yard.

Subsequent change: after making a crude mockup of the quarry sections using sectional track, I decided that adding another two feet to the quarry would be of great value.  Previously, the quarry itself occupied about 5'6". With several crucial structures located quite near to the turnouts, including the crusher, overhead crane, and an overpass on the high waste track towards the back, the tracks simply do not diverge quickly enough to get all that in and still have a reasonable distance to the working face.  Two extra feet make a big difference.  In fact the distance from the first turnout up in the quarry to the end of the tracks at the working face was 960', which would make my quarry nearly 1/2 of the prototype's length.

Benchwork & Roadbed

Steel studs, foam scenery base, foamed PVC sign board roadbed.


Suncook Valley: C&L Code 75 steel rail laid on wood ties to Proto-64 standards.

Quarry line: C&L Code 55 steel rail laid on wood ties to Proto-64 standards.  The quarry used stub switches for all but one turnout; all will use Proto-87 Stores Etched Code 55 N scale frogs.


The existing proposal is to chop down a Bachmann On30 modern 4-4-0 to become Bailey's #82. 


Suncook Valley:

Bailey's Lumber (sawmill, wood sheds, sawdust storage)

1923 Sanborn Map excerpt (Click for full size)

Overview, looking North, layout will be viewed from opposite side.

Residence (near tracks on Chester Turnpike)- using a Mount Blue Models Side hall farm house kit.

South elevation, Trackside- layout will show North side, but no photo is known

Route 3 overpass

Bailey's Quarry: Most of the structures to be built are directly involved with the railway operations:

Engine House

Finishing Shed



Overhead Crane

Boiler/Compressor House



Posted 12/11/15.  Updated 3/28/17.  Maintained by Earl Tuson.