This is a highlight video of an S scale layout that has an amazing amount of animation and a canal and waterfall with real water.
There are also several HO scale layouts that we visited on Saturday and Sunday.
Hank Duivenbode's S scale layout in an Innerkip trailer park has become a local area attraction due to Hank's open house events. The layout takes up 450 square feet in a room attached to his trailer. The layout is "E" shaped. There are many scratchbuilt structures and rolling stock, practically a "must" in S scale. Part of the layout is representative of the Netherlands, complete with the customary windmill.
Hank has gone further by adding a tremendous amount of lighting and animation.
A central feature is a canal with real water that drops over a waterfall beneath a large curved trestle and is recirculated to the canal by a pump.
Digitrax is used for control with both diesel and steam sound systems as heard in the video. A very impressive undertaking.
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Don Stoddart in Woodstock, Ontario, has two layouts under construction. The ON30 is only 3 1/2 X 9 feet while the HO railroad occupies 22 X 12 feet.
The HO layout's mainline runs twice around the room into a central peninsula. Operation is point-to-point. Era is the 1930s. Lots of older equipment and steam is king. The ON30 is a continuous run with a small yard and small steam locomotives. Control is block control with DC.
The first four pictures below are of the ON30 layout. The rest of the layout photos are of the HO pike.
Greg Whayman's railroad in Brantford, Ontario, a fully computerized operating layout in a 12 X 25-foot room. The locale is the northeastern United States and the era is the 1950s.
This is a freelanced model railroad, but it has been inpsired by the South Franklin and Manchester so there are lots of highly detailed Finescale Miniatures and other craftsman kits as well as scratchbuilt structures. Track is handlaid and operation is with Digitrax and sound units.
By the way, the first photo is of a Sperry inspection car. if you'd like to see a real one, go to the Ontario Southland RR page that has other photographs I took during the same weekend.
The Sperry car is the last photograph at the bottom of the page.
Roger Chrysler's railroad is under wire! The effect is quite spectacular. This layout is exceptionally well done. Less is more. The scenes are carefully laid out. This is an operation-oriented point-to-point layout with a car card system based on a 1953 timetable.
The layout is in a long 11 1/2 X 42-foot room. The theme is a Canadian Pacific Electric interurban line in Southern Ontario. The scenes are reminiscent of Brantford and Norfolk counties. This was a tobacco growing area. As the layout photos show, this layout is operated with overhead wire using Lake Erie and Northern motive power along with Grand River steeple cab locomotives and passenger cars from the era. There are many prototype scenes based on photographs and plans from the area. Control is walkaround Digitrax. Track is all handlaid Code 70 with a minimum 22-inch radius.
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