Sunday, March 21, 2010

Modeling Wabash Railroad operations in Ontario

In the fall of 2008 I had the privilege of being able to visit Bill Darnaby’s layout, The Maumee Route. The experience had a profound effect on me and caused me to rethink everything I was attempting to do in my own layout building adventures. After some careful thinking about options of basement space, prototypes and locales, I settled upon modeling something that was in my own backyard. The Wabash had a significant operation across Ontario that was just begging to be modeled.

I’ve decided to model the Buffalo Division from Aylmer east to Cayuga in HO scale. By building a two level layout, I will be able to model a number of the towns along the route as well as signature locations like the Tillsonburg viaduct. A portion of the main is shared with the Hagersville Sub of the CNR. Since I’m modeling 1951 it will be neat to see the little CNR Moguls beside the Wabash paired F-7 lashups.
That previous paragraph was the original intro to this blog. In 2015 we moved into a new home and the old layout was demolished and a new one begun. Still modeling the Wabash, but now with more emphasis on the operations in the yard in St Thomas.

I’ll be posting construction photos as work progresses. Thank you for visiting!