I missed this one, but Dolf Roelofsen of our Nottawasaga Model Railroad Club (NMRC) attended and forwarded me a few photos. As explanation, this was an operating session held in conjunction with a Canadian Association of Railway Modellers (CARM) Mid-western Ontario chapter meeting in Port Elgin, Ontario. Dolf is a member of that region while I was a member of the adjacent Central Ontario region.
The operating session took place in August, 2009 at Peter Stamford's Fond du Lac railway. Peter's work is well-known and he has been published in the model railroad magazines. While the HO scale Fond du Lac operation is capable of handling several operators, a second setup was made: An 18-inch x 72-inch book shelf module to ensure entertainment for all participants.
The images and notes forwarded to me by Dolf tell the story. Fond du Lac is (CNR circa 1957) a northern junction which handled trans-Canada passenger trains, long coal trains, and mixed east-west freight. Layout controls are Digitrax DCC using radio control throttles. Peter uses a full car-card system and follows a schedule of train movements that are subject to the directions from the yardmaster. The layout is operational on the story-telling side (front) with staging on the back side. Peter can choose from a wide variety of steam or diesel locomotives.
The secondary setup was Randy Schnarr's Beechwood Junction (also CNR circa 1957), a Canadian National branch line junction on the Bruce peninsula. Randy says his story lines are still in development. The format is a window box with visibility limited to a 6-foot to 8-foot diorama at eye level. All operating is done behind glass, unless you have an "oops"! One lead track was attached to stage an incoming train.