Drawing inspiration from real places and railroads of mid-century America, Herm Botzow of Swanzey created the fictional Buckeye Railroad, a line stretching from Northeast Ohio to Western Pennsylvania , in his basement. He’s had pieces of the one-quarter-inch scale model since the 1980s, but began working on the project in earnest when he moved to Swanzey in 2009. Botzow’s model is a snapshot of what a railroad would look like on June 22, 1956, an era he calls “the last gasp of passenger transport before the highways took over,” as well as a time when diesel engines were replacing steam engines. Photos by Hannah Schroeder / Sentinel Staff