A quick tour of the layout

Now that you’ve had a look at the prototype photos, here’s a layout plan:

Layout plan.

And let’s follow that with some photos of the layout.

Port Rowan

Here’s an overview of Port Rowan, looking from the end of the peninsula. The train is sitting in front of the future location of the station, which will be to the right of the track. The two boxcars are sitting on the team track spur, while a hopper car is spotted on the elevated coal track:

Backdrop - Port Rowan.

Here’s another view, looking towards end of track. That’s a typical consist for the mixed train, which some locals called The Daily Effort. The white box at right is a placeholder for the turntable. The wood box ahead of the train and to the left of the track marks the station. And the silver tin at end of track represents the feed mill:

Mock up.

Here’s a look at the elevated coal track:

Coal Bin.

Lynn Valley

Leaving Port Rowan, we enter the Lynn Valley. This was actually on the Port Dover branch but I moved it here because it helps justify the serpentine route the mainline takes in my train room. There’s also a neat water tank in the valley, which I wanted to model.

This area is still very much under construction but I’ve started to mock up scenery to get an idea of how it will look when finished. I need to replace most of the evergreens in this picture with deciduous trees so it looks less like British Columbia and more like Ontario. But I like how one will look along the track to see the water tank. The train in the photo is about to take the last curve into Port Rowan:

Tank and trees.

I have two bridges in this area. The first up the line from Port Rowan is a twin-span steel deck girder bridge. Further up-line there’s a trestle:

Across the steel bridge.

Across the trestle.

St. Williams

Leaving the Lynn Valley, the line crosses a short deck girder bridge over a road:

Stone Church Road bridge.

The line then enters St. Williams, which is still very much under construction at this point.

Here’s a view looking east from the west end of St. Williams, showing the team track spur at right and the start of a run-around track curving to the left:

St. Williams - west end.

Still looking east, here’s a photo of the future location of the St. Williams depot. (I actually have all the ties stained now, and rail started in this area. I’ll have to take more up to date photos.)

St. Williams - east end.


East of St. Williams, the trains enter a staging area which represents the rest of the North American rail system. Here, I’ve started to build a four-track sector plate that will feed trains onto the line:

Sector plate.

As this overall view from the end of the peninsula shows, the sector plate (at left) is across the aisle from Port Rowan:

Layout - overview.

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