Fillmore Engine Terminal

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(Mark works the coal deliver track at Fillmore. With the exception of a staging area to the right, this is the whole layout)

A couple of weekends ago, my friend Mark Zagrodney and I visited Fillmore Engine Terminal – a superb HO scale layout built by Rick De Candido and featured in the 2015 issue of Model Railroad Planning magazine.

It’s a good thing I didn’t do this back when I was still trying to fit a Proto:48 layout into my space ( – because if I had, you wouldn’t be reading about Port Rowan in 1:64 on this blog. Rick’s concept of devoting an entire layout to the servicing of locomotives would’ve solved the challenges I faced in trying to fit O scale into a long but narrow room. (Not that I’m going to switch now – I’m really enjoying Port Rowan, so it’s still safe!)

I’ve written about our operating session on my Achievable Layouts blog, because Rick’s layout is a perfect example of thinking creatively to craft a layout that emphasizes quality over quantity while still being satisfying to operate.

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(Click on the image to read my ops session report)

Thanks Rick – I look forward to our next session!

6 thoughts on “Fillmore Engine Terminal

  1. Hi Trevor,

    So I go to have a look to see at what’s new at CNR Port Rowan, and there today is quite a big surprise for me! Thanks very much for the write-up on my Fillmore. Very concise with all the details, I could not have described it any better. It was my great pleasure to have you and Mark over that Sunday morning. With fine operators such as you, we had much good fun. You and Mark are most welcome to operate at Fillmore Avenue Roundhouse again.

    Many Thanks

  2. Quick question about a super interpretation of an engine terminal. I will shortly start a 4-stall roundhouse for my layout. I see the upper portions of the interior of the roundhouse are white – could be whitewash. What about the lower section, what colour, black or dark green, and also how high up the post. Are you aware? Thanking you in advance.

    • Hi Philip,

      A very common interior color scheme for roundhouses is white overall with the bottom 5-6 feet as black. I believe the CPR John Street was like this. There are traces of paint on the brickwork inside the Leon’s furniture portion of that building. Many interior pictures of different roundhouses also show this. I have heard of dark green on a western US based railroad; sorry I do not remember which one.

      Best wishes on your roundhouse adventure!

      • Many thanks for your comment. I will go with the white and black. I remember being inside CP John Street in the early 1970s but interior colours were the last thing on my mind! I was there to see the units and one of the sections also held 3 steam locomotives, 4-4-0 No. 136, 4-6-0 No. 1057 and 4-6-2 No. 1201. I became quite involved in the operation of the 1201 between 1979 and 1990. Indeed, I was the guy who killed her fire for the last time following an excursion in October of 1990 from Ottawa to Hawkesbury, Ontario and return. BTW, I like your coal tower model, reminds me of what both CN and CP had on hand in Toronto.

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