An Idea - CPR North Toronto Team Tracks

After quite a while thinking over numerous aspects of the hobby, and spending a while on layout design, both in terms of type of layout and location to be modeled, I've finally arrived at a plan that I think will work and serve my purposes for a layout quite well. This location modeled, the North Toronto CP Rail team tracks, will allow me to have some limited operation and an interesting layout, while the layout design is practical to fit in what space I have, thanks to the Model Railroad to Go concept. Over the last week or so, I've drawn up plans of the prototype location in google maps, made a track plan on my online prototype map, and most recently, I've drafted a paper plan for the actual layout as I plan to construct it.

Before I elaborate on the aforementioned layout plan, there have been some rather noticeable changes made to this blog. I had grown somewhat frustrated with the typical blogger layout that this blog has used for over a year now, which I've found …

An Idea?


Recently, I have been trying to come up with a way to have a decent layout despite the fact that I have essentially no space for a permanent layout in a traditional sense. For reasons I've explained previously, I do not have the space for a traditional shelf layout or a module along Free-mo lines. At the same time, I've also had somewhat of a difficult time coming up with practical ideas for a location to model. Part of this problem is a result of my desire to model a specific prototype location - thus, I've closed off the easy way out of this problem by freelancing a small area to fit a small space.
In the past few weeks, however, I think I may have come to some sort of solution and compromise that would allow me to build a layout that would fit my needs.
First, I think I've found a good solution to my space problems, thanks to Rick De Candido and his Fillmore Avenue Roundhouse blog. A short time ago, he shared a layout idea called the Model Railroad to Go. T…

Moving Closer to an Idea

It's the mid 1970's in a downtown industrial area in a big Canadian city (most likely Toronto, but perhaps Hamilton, Vancouver, or Montreal), and a run-down CP Rail S2 pulls a single 50 foot boxcar to the last industry on the industrial spur. The car sways wildly over rundown track as it trundles past empty industrial buildings and across, and sometimes down, streets. The train barely even gets to five miles per hour. It's very clear that this branch does not have much time left to live.
This is the sort of feel that I want for my next layout. While I haven't decided on a particular location, I am sure that I want a general theme of a run down industrial spur for my next layout. Most likely, I'll end up modeling the CPR Toronto terminals, or rather, some small section thereof. The most appealing part of the Toronto terminals, in my opinion, is the waterfront wharf areas around Queen's Quay. There is a good article about the area here (scroll to the bottom of t…

Thoughts About Model Railroading and Layouts

I have not managed to post anything o the blog in the last month. To be honest, in  this time, I haven't interacted at all with the world of model railroading. I've let my subscriptions to Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman lapse, and have not spent much time looking at model railroad blogs, at least compared to how much time I used to spend. I'll try to explain why this is.

For the past eight months, I have not quite had an active layout project. I dismantled the Norway, Maine layout that I had built over the summer during last October, when I moved houses. While I have since written a fair amount on this blog, most of it has been largely inconclusive stuff about half-baked layout design ideas that have not lasted a week even as a working plan, much less gotten to something approaching layout construction. While I started something in November and again in January, they were in fact very bad ideas and I'm not quite sure why I started working on them, other …

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Lac Frontiere P.Q. - Layout Design

Research for my next layout based on Lac Frontiere, P.Q.has proceeded much more quickly than I expected. Quite a bit of time this weekend was spent on attempting to figure out the track arrangement in Lac Frontiere, and despite the fact that I'm not completely sure of the track arrangements, there seems to be enough information to start moving forward to layout design for this layout. 
As far as I can tell, most of the operation and railway facilities in Lac Frontiere were concentrated in an area that was about three-tenths of a mile long and around 300 feet at its widest point. The railway facilities appear to be across the main road (named Rue Principale, according to Google Maps) form the center of town in Lac Frontiere, such as it is. This fairly small area should make designing a layout around Lac Frontiere less difficult, as less compression of the railway facilities will be necessary. Also, along Rue Principale near the station area there are an assortment of older houses i…

Lac Frontiere, P.Q.

I've finally come to a decision about what location to model. This doesn't necessarily mean that I have any concrete idea as to a layout plan - in fact, I have no particular ideas as regards layout design for this. Nonetheless, it's good to have finally concluded where to model: Lac Frontiere, P.Q. (I use P.Q. to abbreviate Quebec rather than QC). Lac Frontiere, for those who do no know, was the end of a Quebec central railway branch and is located right along the border with Maine, near the headwaters of the St. John River, and next to Lac Frontiere. You can (hopefully) see a map here.

Lac Frontiere was at the end of a branchline of the Quebec Central Railway, which was later bought by CP Rail (Canadian Pacific at the time). By the mid 1970s, my era of interest for the layout, the QC was operated with CP Rail locomotives and rolling stock, which fits well with my interest in CP Rail. Lac Frontiere was never intended to be the terminus of the line - rather, the line was in…