About


Until the Autumn of 2008 I was building a layout based on the Canadian National Railway’s branch line hub in Palmerston, Ontario. Then, I had the opportunity to visit Bill Darnaby’s well-known HO scale model railroad, The Maumee Route. The experience had a profound effect on me and caused me to rethink everything I was attempting to do in my train room. After some careful thinking about options for the space, I settled upon modeling something that was in my own backyard. The Wabash Railroad had a significant operation across Southern Ontario that just begs to be modeled. The Buffalo Division was primarily a single-track bridge line established to reduce shipping times between Buffalo, New York, and Detroit, Michigan.

I am building a double-decked layout featuring selected towns and signature scenes on the Wabash Railroad’s 240-mile Buffalo Division. My layout models the segment between Aylmer and Cayuga, Ontario. This 60-mile stretch of the Wabash includes a number of online customers typical of small-town Ontario, as well as a section of the mainline shared with the Canadian National Railways’s Hagersville Sub. Since I am modeling 1951 it will be neat to see the little CNR 2-6-0s sharing the rails with the paired F7A units used on the Wabash Red Ball freights. I’ll be posting regular updates and photos of my progress on this blog.

My name is Pierre Oliver. I have built hundreds of rolling stock kits from many manufacturers - in HO, S and O scales - for clients in North America and around the world. I have done test-builds for manufacturers and have reviewed rolling stock kits for Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. And I can get your rolling stock kits out of their boxes and onto your layout, so you can focus on the many other things creating a rewarding model railroad demands. If you're interested in working with me on your next model building project, please visit my Elgin Car Shops web site. I look forward to helping you achieve the rolling stock variety that will bring your layout to life.

Thank you for visiting!

—Pierre Oliver
Elgin Car Shops