The NS&T: Well, that escalated quickly…

Soon after starting this blog about my adventures with Port Rowan, I decided that I would never embark upon another layout project without also writing a blog about it.

Given that I’m in the very early stages of deciding whether to embark upon a layout based on the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway, it should come as no surprise that I’ve set up a blog for it. You can find it by clicking on this image:

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There’s not much to see, yet. But I’ve included the usual email sign-up form so you can follow along if you’re interested.

25 thoughts on “The NS&T: Well, that escalated quickly…

  1. Hi Trevor,
    Will you be keeping or dismantling your Port Rowan layout
    My concern is that you may not have space for both ??

    I have so much enjoyed your series on your Port Rowan Project and of course the The Model Railway Show archives.

    Sent with Thanks and all good wishes
    John Green
    Modelling the Canadian Pacific Railway
    Kettle Valley Division – Coquihalla and Merritt Subdivisions
    in HO Scale circa 1955
    “The Coquihalla Valley Railway”

    • Hi John:
      If I pursue the NS&T as a layout then yes, the Port Rowan layout will be dismantled. But as I noted in my previous post about the NS&T, there’s a lot still to do before that happens. I have to build equipment. I have to build overhead wire and make sure I’m happy with it. I have to design a layout I actually want to build. And I have to finish Port Rowan.

    • There’s no time like the present!
      But the truth is, I’ve created a new blog for the NS&T in part so that don’t flood my Port Rowan blog with information that’s irrelevant to my current layout. It gives me a new (virtual) filing cabinet in which to store and organize my thoughts about a potential NS&T layout.

    • Sorry – nope. It’s not portable, and I will want to reuse the buildings on other projects.
      Besides, I encourage modellers to build their own layouts rather than buying someone else’s vision.

    • Sorry – nope. It’s not portable, and I will want to reuse the buildings on other projects. Port Rowan will not be for sale.
      Besides, I encourage modellers to build their own layouts rather than buying someone else’s vision.

    • Thanks for the kind words. But don’t kill off Port Rowan yet: It’s not going anywhere for a while – if ever.

      Re-read my initial post on the NS&T. Review the issues I must address, listed at the bottom of that post. That’s going to take a while – possibly years.


  2. Congratulations on your new idea although I will miss the Port Rowan! I went to Brock University (1971-1975) so a lot of the old NS&T was still around although I regret never having seen actual freight movements on Ontario Street! Based on your announcement, I just went to the basement and hunted up my copy of “Niagara, St. Catharines & Toronto Electricy Railway in Pictures” by Andrew Panko and Peter Bowen which should provide great photo references for you. I regret that I do not have copies of the other volumes that this team produced and I really kick myself when I realize that Panko was at Brock University during my time there but we never met up! It would have been fun to compare notes between the railways of the Niagara Penninsula and the railways of eastern Ontario. All the best in your venture and I look forward to reading your posts.

    • Thanks Philip.
      I was fortunate to grab all of the books on the NS&T as they were published, or later on via ABE Books. There’s also a darned fine video. I’m going to post about resources on the new blog at some point.

  3. Good Evening Trevor, big decisions being made for sure. I wish you luck with everything and hope we to continue to hear from you.


  4. I just subscribed to your new blog. And no, no questions regarding the end of the Port Rowan as I *did* read your comments. I will admit (gladly) that I did breath a sigh of relief though.

    There a few layouts that really strike a cord with me for various reasons. The Port Rowan is one. Some, but not all of the reasons are it’s believable, it’s limited in scope, but NOT operations, it’s S scale (when I saw Sam Powell’s Penn Valley in RMC MANY years ago, I was very intrigued with seeing S SCALE rather than American Flyer), and it’s a darn neat model of a railway! [almost said RR! ]

    I don’t want the Port Rowan personally, not that there is ANYTHING wrong with it. My Raymond Branch is likewise a line from a mainline connection to a small, but interesting town on a waterfront, and it too runs with steam. But as you point out with the Sacramento Northern (another operation that fascinates me), I have no personal connection with the Port Rowan, as much as it interests me. That’s why I model the Raymond, and follow your blogs! I do hope, and am pretty certain that you know I mean no offense to you or the Port Rowan, of course.

    I am looking forward to your new blog on the NS&T. And will eagerly await your latest posts on ALL of your blogs. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks for the comments, Brian (and for reading all the way through!)
      And no offence taken. Every modeller should build their own layout – one that meets their own criteria for personal relevance, construction standards, etc. It’s one reason I’m not in favour of selling layouts on (or acquiring them from others).
      I love to build my own layouts. I want them to be my vision. And I want to know exactly how they were built, so I can maintain them.

      • Trevor, I TRY to always read all the way through as you never know just what you might learn!

        More then a few decades ago, in my 6th Grade class, some kids from the local college came in and gave us a bunch of tests and things. One was a timed test. The very first instruction was that we were to put our name and date in the upper right corner. Instruction (2) was to read EVERYTHING before beginning. I did so. Instruction (85) was to underline your name and turn the paper in. I did so. The ONLY one in my class that passed the test BTW. Lessons learned, READ everything first, and try to pay attention to details. It usually works for some reason!

  5. Sounds like fun! If I may offer another good reason to keep Port Rowan around a while longer, and potentially finish it: you have a nice layout that operates well today. Building locomotives – even electric ones – is time consuming and demanding. So, you could enjoy Port Rowan while building the stock for the new layout.

    • Yes – that’s exactly it! Plus…
      1 – I can use the current layout to test locomotives.
      2 – If I decide I do not want to pursue the NS&T (for whatever reason) I still have the layout.

  6. Trevor, if I already reive the e-mail updates for Port Rowan do I need to register again for the NS&T updates?
    Your version of Port Rowan is fascinating, both in concept and execution. The “achievable layout” concept a great vision on the hobby and one I feel should be brought to the forefront of the hobby more often, since a lot of us will not have the space, time and money to pursue a “basement empire”.
    If you ever feel that Port Rowan is not satisfying anymore and decide to pursue another endeavor I wish you keep inspiring us on your passion for the hobby, skills and insight.
    I will miss port Rowan for sure, as it is (along with Tim Warris’ Bronx Terminal) one of the most inpirational model railroads I have known

    • Hi Daniel:
      Thanks for the kind words – much appreciated!
      Yes, you do need to register for the NS&T if you want to receive updates on it. It’s a separate blog. The same applies to my Achievable Layouts blog, of course.
      The good news is, those who only want to follow one, don’t need to follow all three.

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