Why model the Boston and Maine Railroad? The reason, in one word, is VARIETY.
Consider the varied terrain. From the rocky Atlantic coast across rolling hills and river valleys to the Berkshires and the majestic White Mountains, the B&M offers the modeler the opportunity to include the whole panoply of New England scenery in his layout. Country towns with nothing more than a lumberyard spur and a milk platform. Industrial cities with rows of brick mill buildings, canals, and intricate trackage winding through them all. Boston, the market town of New England, with its vast yards, warehouses, North Station, draw bridges, and towers. All places that make for beautiful layouts and interesting operating.
Consider the time line. The B&M spans American railroading from the 1830s to the present day. The entire range of locomotive development, from the earliest 2-2-0s to six-axle diesels can be represented. Especially popular is the steam-to-diesel transition period, when Moguls, Pacifics, Limas, and Mountains were giving way to F and E units, resplendent in maroon and gold, and stainless steel Buddliners. Those with a more modern interest can replicate the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when grimy blue diesels still provided service to many New England locales. The post-B&M Guilford and Pan Am Railways era from 1983 to the present day offers a whole new spectrum of power and paint schemes.
Then there are structures. The B&M inherited the line-side structures of over 150 railroads. Trestles, covered bridges, and the Hoosac Tunnel are all model-worthy subjects and will add multi-level realism to your layout. B&M territory featured stations in every architectural style and in every size. There were unique stations such as North Conway and Salem, big city stations like Fitchburg, Lawrence, and Concord, N.H., and suburban stations as varied as Belmont, Mass., Swampscott, and Cherry Brook. Don’t forget country stations like Potter Place and Newbury, N.H. and “wide spots in the tracks,” like Wilson’s that boasted of nothing more than a passenger shelter.