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Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2004, 1:01pm
This thread is for model(all scales) and virtual(Train Simulator) E&N photos, including shots of ENR3005 route, and any Model RR based on the E&N.  
 
Victoria Northern northbound Port Alberni Turn at the north wye switch at Stockett.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2004, 8:38pm
Leaving Courtenay.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2004, 8:40pm
6135 trailing 6148 heading South on the French Creek Bridge.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2004, 8:44pm
6148 pulling into Parksville.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2004, 8:45pm
6135 at Parksville.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2004, 8:50pm
Picking up a couple passengers at Nanoose Bay.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2004, 4:29am
An RDC repaint I'm working on. One of only 2 VIA RDC2's to work on the E&N, VIA 6207, ex-CN 6207, nee-CP 9104.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2004, 2:07am
Good work so far. I just uploaded a CP Rail GP9 to Train-sim.com tonight, here is image of the unit.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2004, 2:29am
Nice!! I'm still plugging away on the high hoods and the GP20.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2004, 5:06am
6133 at Courtenay.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2004, 5:10am
6207 at Courtenay. I'm already working on the 6134, 6135(in the old paint) and 6148 in the old paint.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2004, 3:51pm
CP 3012 leaving Port, at the Rogers Creek Siding. The 3012 is Danny Beck's latest.  
 
www.streamliners.ca
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2004, 3:52pm
CP 3012 leaving Port Alberni.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 1:40am
That is one nice looking unit by Streamlines. That will be on my repaint list and I may even end up doing photo textures for the unit as I frequently see CP 38s here in New West including the 3004. I just need to catch the units on a good clear day in front of Westminster quay.  
 
I have now finished most of the scenery for the Victoria Sub north of Parksville and have finished about half of the scenery south of Parksville. I have been working on the Port Subdivision latey but I am having problems finding prototype info on some of the smaller trestles closer to Port Alberni. I may just wing it using Dave Wilkie's detailed mileages - can't have everything perfect  
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 3:24am
I can't wait until its finished.BTW, if you need a beta tester for the south end, when you get it done, I'd be more than willing.  
 
CP 3012 climbing the Port Sub near mile 30.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 3:25am
Another shot near mile 30.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Dec 31st, 2004, 3:26am
Near Mile 28.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2005, 9:04pm
3877 at Nanoose Bay on the Parksville turn.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 3rd, 2005, 4:17am
ENR 2486 and 2525, the two SW1500's that were supposed to replace the GP38's earlier this year, pulling the barge. The power for the Victoria/Duncan/Courtenay and Port Alberni Turns are in the back ground.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 7th, 2005, 1:52am
One of my new GP38s. Just have to finish the weathering and some minor details. I will be doing six different unit numbers eventually. I am going to try and talk Jason Dilworth into letting me release the units as part of the rolling stock package.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jan 7th, 2005, 3:02am
I apologise if I've missed a post about this, but will we be able to get a copy of the route when it's done?
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 7th, 2005, 10:39am
My goal is to have version one uploaded to Train-sim.com sometime in the next couple of months before Easter. The route is classsified as freeware and everyone can download it for free from that site.  
 
Version One is all lines North of Stockett Junction and is set in the mid to late 80s.
 
Version Two is all lines South Of Stockett Junction and includes the original route. I will be also adding the CN yard, slip and line as far as Borden Mercantile. I have also wanted to add the CN line in Cowichan bay but may leave this for a third version due to a lack of prototype information.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Jan 7th, 2005, 1:54pm
on Jan 7th, 2005, 10:39am, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
My goal is to have version one uploaded to Train-sim.com sometime in the next couple of months before Easter. The route is classsified as freeware and everyone can download it for free from that site.  
 

 
Excellent. Will give me a reason to dust off my copy and re-install it. You mentioned something about seeing if you could include a locomotive as part of a motive power pack. Are you going to be including locos with the route?
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 7th, 2005, 9:07pm
I will also throwing together freight car and locomotive package. Some items have already been uploaded to Train-sim.com. All you have to do is a search for my last name in the file library and you will find everything that I have uploaded to date.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 11th, 2005, 10:00pm
After being inspired by the recent release of the Surfliner route by Facing Point, I decided to give Scale Rail and roads a shot again, the result being that the entire Victoria subdivision has been Scale Railed with no dynamic track. The Port Alberni Sub will be done in the near future with a different texture to reflect a better maintained rail line. This was a huge decision to do this partially due to the Train-sim community moving toward using products like Scale Rail and the rumour being that Scale Rail will be used in the next generation of train simulators put out by companies like Trainmaster. With the amount of time that I have invested in this project I want to make sure that it will survive a couple of years and perhaps be compatible with the newer sims that come out. I will post some screen shots in the next couple of nights for you guys to check the difference between the default track and Scale Rail and Roads. I think most of you will be happy with the results.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 17th, 2005, 9:42pm
Here are some of the new track textures that I made using real E&N photos as the background and edited to fit. On the left is some Port Sub mainline track on the right some Victoria Sub mainline track.
 
I had a little problem with the route editor on the weekend and lost two weeks of work due to a track database problem that I did not notice until it was too late During my rebuild of the route with scale rail and roads, tiles with high object counts above 1,000 became corrupt in the Nanaimo to Nanoose Bay and Courtenay areas, leaving empty tiles with no objects except for partial track and roads. I have made backups of the route luckly and have gone back to the point that the problem started. Hopefully I will get it right this time.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Jan 28th, 2005, 4:37pm
Thought I'd post this. Motive power from different eras on the E&N.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jan 28th, 2005, 9:35pm
That would the type of image I would love to see on the front of an E&N book! Too bad we couldn't get the real ones lined up for such a photo.  
 
I will be posting some route update screenshots in the near future as soon as I convince my wife to let me steal the modem from her computer.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Feb 1st, 2005, 6:23pm
I'm working on several activities and motive power for the E&N under a Virtual Railroad. The OVS(Ohio Valley Systems) which is expanding their shortline division.
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Feb 2nd, 2005, 5:26pm
ENR 901 and 900 on the Courtenay Turn at French Creek.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 2:24am
Those look good, I like colour the scheme   I will be downloading those whenever you upload them. I have been playing around with my own scheme to a CN GP38-2W based on an image you uploaded several months back. I will have some shots of the unit in the near future.
 
I have now fixed the broken coupler issue completely. I have removed all the dynamic track from the route and it seems to have fixed that issue. I am quite happy with how the scale rail looks and all I have too figure out now is how to apply some rail joints to my textures. I have now rebuilt the line with a large amount of scenery from Courtenay as far as Jayem. I am rebuilding Nanaimo again at this time will have shots posted in the next little while. I have opted to use some default buildings and replace them later with my own custom buildings using route riter at a later date. Below are some images of the new work that has been completed to the line for the second time as a result of my change to scale rail and roads.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 2:26am
Little Qualicum River bridge
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 2:27am
National Silicates only have done, I am finishing the roof which is a seperate shape due to the high poly count.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 2:28am
Shot of new trackage at Wellcox
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 2:30am
Shot of the wye arrangement on the loading appron and a correct track arrangement to Haida transporter which now holds as many cars as the prototype. The slip itself is now under construction.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 2:31am
A shot of the yard in Port Alberni showing the different track textures and new road textures
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 5:43pm
The route looks great with ScaleRail and ScaleRoads. BTW ENR 3876 and 3877 are now available in the file library at www.train-sim.com. I had to redo the 2099, the freeware GP20 isn't the greatest. I'm going to use one of Dick Cowen's GP9's. I might also redo 3809 and 3870, as I used the wrong shade of blue and the numberboards on 3870 are too big. 6148 in the current paint scheme, 6133, and 6207 are all done, I just need to contact Gatean Belanger and see if he'll let me upload the skins. I've also repainted the 2 SW1500's that were supposed to come out here last year.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 1:52am
I have spent the last couple of hours revising my scenery gantries. Here are the new ones I have come up for the Victoria Sub north of Parksville. Starting to look a little more the way I had envisioned them.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 4:32am
now THIS looks fantastic!
Posted by: Bear_Creek Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 10:19am
Good work guys!!! Looking very good. Now I just need to try and find a copy of MSTS.
 
Adam
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 2:19pm
Looks awesome!! Must have taken forever to do that!!! BTW, ENR3005 is building the route by himself. I'm just painting equipment and beta testing an older version of the route. Unfortunately with me going to school in a few days I won't be able to work on the repaints anymore. I've got the 1001, 3809, 3870, 3876, and 3877 uploaded to train-sim.com with 2099, 6148, 6133, 6207, and the two SW1500's that RA was supposed to be sending out here, sitting on my hard drive.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 8:11pm
Actually it didn't take that long as the scenery is spawned using gantries, something that most route developers don't even know exist as part of the program. I have now converted half of the existing gantries to the new ones and will finish off the rest tonight. It is a little more framerate hungry then the last ones though the finished results are well worth it.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 7th, 2005, 1:41pm
Over the weekend I finished off the molten sulphur transfer facility at Bryn Siding. This industry has intrigued me for a long time ever since  I saw it on Hugh Fraser's video back in the early 90s.  This was probally one of the more unique industries along the E&N. I modeled the unloading racks as close to the real ones as possible but due to poor image quality from the video I had to quess at how they were built. I used some photos of more modern unloading racks as a reference and freelanced the rest. The office is prototypical and uses textures taken from some of my photos during a trip to the island last year.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 7th, 2005, 1:42pm
There were two different towers. One was a transfer tower and the other was an unloading tower.
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Mar 7th, 2005, 4:43pm
Wow that's looking good. Can't wait to try out your route.  
 
There was also, as I'm sure you know, once a sulfur operation right at the far end of the line in Courtenay, right at the end of track. While it pre-dated my time exploring up there in the late 70's, you could still see sulfur all over the ground.
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:13pm
Today I am posting some shots of Courtenay. I almost have it done and I am now moving on to finishing Parksville and Qualicum. I mosted more over at Trainsim.com for now I am only posting a select few
 
First one ICG Propane
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:17pm
Pulling past Petro Canada depot and up to station
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:18pm
Waiting for the Dayliner to depart
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:19pm
Switching Buckerfields
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:20pm
Switching the CP Transport warehouse at the end of the line
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:22pm
Runaround move
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:23pm
Switching ICG - That it for now  
Posted by: Jason King Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 6:50pm
Looking really good!
 
In case you're interested, I seem to remember the small siding to Buckerfields having a small grade to it.
 
Cheers.
 
J\
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 7:55pm
on Mar 18th, 2005, 6:50pm, Jason King wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Looking really good!
 
In case you're interested, I seem to remember the small siding to Buckerfields having a small grade to it.
 
Cheers.
 
J\

 
I will have to regrade that piece of track in the near future, I have never seen a photo of the spur itself so I had to guess. Thanks for the info!
 
Chris
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 18th, 2005, 8:59pm
looking great!....i feel like im looking at the real thing!...i especially like the detail of all the grass between the rails.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Mar 25th, 2005, 5:59pm
Accidently screwed this one up but thought I would keep as it reminds of some of the water colored railway paintings of the KVR that you seem to see more and more of these days.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Apr 13th, 2005, 2:44am
Some of you have asked me how the physics in MSTS (Microsoft Train Simulator) act and what the cabs look like. The thing to keep in mind is that this Microsoft program was intended as a simulation and was to have the same appeal to railfans, modelers and real rail companies as the successful line Microsoft Flight Simulation software has to plane chasers and flight schools. This is what we now call VMR or Virtual model railroading and is one of the quickest growing areas of the rail hobbies. MSTS may not be the best performing program but luckily someone was thinking when they designed the program. Plus the program was left wide open to rookie programmers like myself to modification.  Pretty much everything that you would operate in the cab of a real locomotive can be operated in the simulation. The cab below is that of a GP38AC and shows most of the controls you will see in the cab. Train operation is affected my a number of factors such as train weight, weather and of course horsepower. Freight cars and engines are weighted like the prototype with engines. Weather can also affect train operations. Rain and snow can cause slipage on grades requiring you to use more sand and perhaps double a heavy grade. Scenerios can be written with engines having failed traction motors. Additionally older engines may be rated at 2000 horsepower but may only run at 87% efficency or less due to wear and tear, meaning that you are really only getting 1740HP  out of your engine which has been incorporated into the latest physics profiles. New physics profiles for the engines and freightcars are put out every couple of weeks by some of less mentally challenged (guys with real physics degrees) in the VMR community.  
Feel free to post any other questions on this new hobby.
 
ENR3005
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Apr 14th, 2005, 4:33pm
on Dec 31st, 2004, 1:40am, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
...I have been working on the Port Subdivision latey but I am having problems finding prototype info on some of the smaller trestles closer to Port Alberni...

 
This should help you out.  I took pictures of one of the trestles close to Port Alberni one winter in the early 90's.  I kinda knew these shots would come in handy one day.  I can't remeber the milage of this little bridge but it was in moutain bike range of town, mabye two or three miles out.
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Apr 14th, 2005, 4:41pm
Another of the same trestle, different angle:
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Apr 14th, 2005, 4:45pm
Another one of the abutments on this trestle.  Hope this helps, if you could use more shots, I think I took a few more but I would have to look for them.
 
Cheers
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 18th, 2005, 7:34pm
I must be blind, I don't know how I missed these trestle photos! Thanks Mark  
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2005, 10:18pm
Its been a while since I posted some shots of the route. Here is some more recent work around Mile 21.4 on the Port Alberni Sub. I will hopefull have this project wrapped up sometime this summer.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2005, 10:19pm
Another shot across the swamp
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2005, 10:21pm
I had often wished I could have gotten a real life shot such as this. Hoepfully real trains will be running again in the near future.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2005, 10:22pm
Last one for now
Posted by: Mark J Posted on: Jul 3rd, 2005, 1:30am
How big is your boat?      I can see I'll have to buy a better video card.  Great work Chris!
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jul 7th, 2005, 12:09am
on Jul 3rd, 2005, 1:30am, Mark J wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How big is your boat?      I can see I'll have to buy a better video card.  Great work Chris!

 
If trains start runnning again on the real thing, I'll be running out to the nearest Sport Mart to buy a dingy to get such a shot which I have wanted to for many years. Hopefully the dog won't wreck this one  
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:52am
Two new G12 units were recently upoladed to the Trainsim.com library. These are new models built by Nigel Booth and Wayne Campbell.  They have almost inspired me to start work on the Tidewater and Cowichan subs but I must finish the first half of the E&N route first. Here are some shots of the new units.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:53am
Almost looks like it could be part of the Cowichan sub but it is actually Buckley Bay.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:55am
And this isn't Youbou, Courtenay yard instead. The G12s were sure alot smaller than the geeps of that era, it is no wonder they used two of them on the island. Does anyone know if one of the units were preserved?
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 1:13am
on Aug 2nd, 2005, 12:55am, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
And this isn't Youbou, Courtenay yard instead. The G12s were sure alot smaller than the geeps of that era, it is no wonder they used two of them on the island. Does anyone know if one of the units were preserved?

 
You're not kiddin'. The GMD-1's could out pull them. Unfortunately, I've heard that both 991 and 992 were sent to Newfoundland as part sources.
 
Interesting fact, both 991 and 992 were the only locomotives that CN used on the island that ran short-hood forward.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2005, 2:44am
Thanks for the links, they are neat little units.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2005, 7:33pm
  I dont know if any G12's exist, either. But here is a link to one that was at NREC in Illinois, in May of this year...http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=104075   .  I have no information on this unit. I didnt know there were others besides CN 991 &992 (which were scrapped) in North America.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2005, 7:47pm
 Found another one with a different number on it. http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=104078  Try to ignore the caption.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 4th, 2005, 1:55pm
on Aug 2nd, 2005, 1:13am, ENR3870 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
You're not kiddin'. The GMD-1's could out pull them. Unfortunately, I've heard that both 991 and 992 were sent to Newfoundland as part sources.
 
Interesting fact, both 991 and 992 were the only locomotives that CN used on the island that ran short-hood forward.

 
Did the G12's ever operate with any of the GMD-1s or were mu connections not possible. I would assume they could be, being GM units also.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Aug 4th, 2005, 6:37pm
Okay, I did my homework. These G12's belonged to FNM in Mexico. Heres another shot.  http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=78010
Posted by: ENR3870 Posted on: Aug 4th, 2005, 7:53pm
on Aug 4th, 2005, 1:55pm, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Did the G12's ever operate with any of the GMD-1s or were mu connections not possible. I would assume they could be, being GM units also.

 
According to CN's databooks, the G12's were NOT equipped for MU operation.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Aug 11th, 2005, 9:35pm
There was one standard guage CN G8 in Northern Manitoba, I think at INCO, not sure if it's still there, but that yellow one pictured above is suspiciously painted the way their units were, and it has a a 208-? number, alos a tell tale, so it is prob the same unit...I thought it was 854 that was up there though...
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 3rd, 2006, 9:44pm
Southybound Budd passes a work train on the esquimalt siding, spring 1995
Posted by: CN4702 Posted on: May 4th, 2006, 9:08pm
NICE!
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 5th, 2006, 9:07pm
Whoops..., sorry about the photo size everyone, my editing skills are in thier infancy.  For those who don't know already, scroll to the top of the photo and you can re-size the photo for an easier view.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Mar 28th, 2007, 5:54pm
Shawnigan station shelter built in 1976 while I was staying nearby. See thread under pictures of Centennial Train at Shawnigan.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Mar 28th, 2007, 6:02pm
Kinsol trestle progress pic. HO scale. Balsa wood.
Posted by: FSD8014 Posted on: Mar 28th, 2007, 8:18pm
Impressive job on the Kinsol trestle, blackdog. I like your Crown Zellerbach RS-3 too. Probably the only ones of their kind I've ever seen.  
Good job, mate.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Mar 29th, 2007, 3:18pm
Thanks for that. The RS3 was bought secondhand and has a custom on board sound system. The engine sounds like a 'bag of bolts' - I guess that's the way Alcos sound, I haven't ever heard one. The horn also sounds much more 'Canadian' than my other models. As received it was in New Haven colours - I repainted it a couple of weeks ago in VW orange. Just needs a CZ logo on the cab now.
The Kinsol was started in November. I got a copy of a CN drawing from the Museum in Duncan and I'm trying to follow the design of the real thing as closely as possible. It has to be shorter than the real thing (about 34 bents instead of 42) because I don't have enough room to get the full length version in.
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Mar 29th, 2007, 4:36pm
Go to orodecals.com
 
Mark makes CZ decals.  I have a set in N scale.  Very nice.
 
Craig
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 5:22pm
Thought you might like to see some shots of my HO loco fleet. I've modelled some of the E&N lash-ups that I've seen. First are two GP-9s I photographed at Port Alberni in 1976. One old scheme, one new multi-mark, so perfect for modelling (I hate doing the same colour scheme too many times!).
Then there's two GP38s, both in action red but one in the later version without pacman. These were a pair that I photographed switching Duncan in 1990.
Then there's Rail America 1001 and 2099 as seen in 2000. I have a couple of GP38s which I'm doing in RA colours, including a hi-nose one. I saw all the RA units (six in total?) during my 2000 visit. I should do a PAW train, I guess, but I didn't like the colour scheme and one of the staff shouted at me, so I don't have great memories of that.
I've also included my GMD-1 just because it's a favourite. I don't think any CN GP7s ran on the island but this one has on-board sound so it's a 'might-have-been.
I've just bought a second GMD-1 to finish in SRy colours. I know none have yet come to the island but if you 'virtual' guys can have F40PHs on the Malahat, I can dream, can't I?!!
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 5:33pm
The GP-9s
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 5:35pm
The GP38s. These and the GP9s are Athearn with Miniatures by Eric details added.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 5:37pm
Rail America. Shame you guys don't seem to like 2099. It was everywhere when we were over in 2000. This is a Proto2000 model with the exhaust stacks modified.
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Apr 11th, 2007, 5:43pm
Finally, the GMD-1. My aim is to have examples of as many loco types as possible that have run on Vancouver Island. It helps if I've seen them, even if only as static exhibits. I have 3 Shays (none based on island locos) plus a Mantua 2-6-6-2T Mallet, waiting to be turned into something like one that ran on the island.
Posted by: CP8673 Posted on: Apr 12th, 2007, 12:41pm
on Apr 11th, 2007, 5:22pm, blackdog wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thought you might like to see some shots of my HO loco fleet. I've modelled some of the E&N lash-ups that I've seen. First are two GP-9s I photographed at Port Alberni in 1976. One old scheme, one new multi-mark, so perfect for modelling (I hate doing the same colour scheme too many times!).
Then there's two GP38s, both in action red but one in the later version without pacman. These were a pair that I photographed switching Duncan in 1990.
Then there's Rail America 1001 and 2099 as seen in 2000. I have a couple of GP38s which I'm doing in RA colours, including a hi-nose one. I saw all the RA units (six in total?) during my 2000 visit. I should do a PAW train, I guess, but I didn't like the colour scheme and one of the staff shouted at me, so I don't have great memories of that.
I've also included my GMD-1 just because it's a favourite. I don't think any CN GP7s ran on the island but this one has on-board sound so it's a 'might-have-been.
I've just bought a second GMD-1 to finish in SRy colours. I know none have yet come to the island but if you 'virtual' guys can have F40PHs on the Malahat, I can dream, can't I?!!

 
We'll see a GMD1 back here before we see a F40PH, that's for certain - and besides one of them (I forget the number right now) was the ex 1070 which was the last CN loco on the Island
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 4:54pm
E&N train 1 with RDC3 9023 north of Duncan.  I know, the paint scheme is wrong for this car during its Island service, but the hockey mask ends are going to be a fussy job.  Also, that big "Mail" sign sure stands out, doesn't it?.  Oh well, I've got another shell on hand, and will get round to it someday.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 14th, 2007, 5:04pm
A very late-running (it's day-time!) train 52 approaches Duncan.  The caboose is an old Bachmann offering, somewhat modified.  Looks like I need to fix the door on that boxcar.
Posted by: blackdog1 Posted on: Apr 27th, 2007, 9:21am
A little modelling help needed. I've just started my conversions of two Athearn GP9s to produce Rudolph and Thomas. I've been through the pictures on the Forum which provide lots of help but I could really use a TOP view of both. If anyone is passing Wellcox and the locos are close enough to that bridge, I'd appreciate a shot or two being posted.....
I took some shots last autumn but had one film destroyed in processing, and it was the one with   110/119 on it!
Posted by: blackdog Posted on: Apr 28th, 2007, 3:22pm
Thanks, CLC Fan, they are just what I needed to make progress. On my workbench at present are 110/119 with a long way to go, Canfor 302 which will be in the current silver-grey and red, and Budd car 6148 which is having the phase 1 cab ends replaced with phase 2 ends off an Athearn car. Canfor 303 (in yellow) is on the bench for some TLC after a lot of work over the 20 years since I converted it.
I am also building a G-12 (CN No 991) but that's a complete scratch-building job in styrene sheet. All the others are conversions.
Should keep me busy!!
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 1st, 2007, 12:44am
5001 leads a south bound Victoria freight past Vic Plywood and the esquimalt siding on a muggy summer evening ....
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 1st, 2007, 12:48am
rumblin' by, well before the days of nimby's in the area
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 1st, 2007, 12:54am
the young railfan managed to get this shot before being chased off Victoria Plywood's property by an irate oldtimer armed with a salt gun....
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 8th, 2007, 2:54am
Approching the South switch on the Esquimalt siding. Taken from Vic Plywood....   Please ingore the incomplete backdrop
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 8th, 2007, 2:59am
Southbound 52 passes the Esquimalt siding on a humid June evening.The bulkhead flat has been unloaded of its bricks that were orered by Slegg Lumber. The Northbound frieght (#51) will pick it up the following morning on the way back to Nanaimo...
Posted by: torch Posted on: May 8th, 2007, 7:56am
nice,man.. I d like to see a foto of more of the layout..or from a distance so one could guage how much space it took.. is that a diorama? operating?
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: May 9th, 2007, 12:21am
Hey Moka,
 
It's a  HO scale 16 by 9 shelf layout based on the Vic sub from Stokett down to victoria.It's fully operational, but only the Esquilmalt section has somewhat completed scenery, Langford is next....
 
It's my first layout, so work is proceding rather slow, plus the room it's in has a dual use as a practice space for my hardcore band, and yes, I'm not spared any ribbing from my band mates on how a "toy train" isn't punk...
Posted by: torch Posted on: May 9th, 2007, 5:30am
cool,man.. I  was thinkin about  modeling the langford section myself... shelf style..  small staging areas on both ends... I d  include the propane dealer  and  have the locals drop cars on the  siding for various customers as  I used to see right up untill the early 90s..  shoot.. i d  even like to model the old  mr mikes steakhouse that was by the intersection!
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Nov 3rd, 2007, 4:20am
OK, let's se some more layout pictures!  
Posted by: Coastrail Posted on: Nov 3rd, 2007, 3:47pm
Nice Layout pics CroftonSpur88. Great job.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 8:59pm
Thanks
It's my first layout, so I'm learning alot of things the hard way. I'm currently working on the scenery for Langford, the section of Station road that includes the langford siding, Van Isle moulding and ICG. Sinse I only have 9 feet to model this particular section I've had to compress things a fair bit. I'll post a few pics of this area soon. Until then, here's a shot of two GP 35's passing some dust control tankers, "somewhere on the E&N"
Posted by: craigolio Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 9:35pm
Great shots.  You are really capturing the feel of it.
 
I'm currently starting my N scale E&N, beginning with the street trackage on Store St in Victoria including some of the Albion yard, ICG propane, Capital Iron, the VIA station and the Johnson St Bridge (which I have to scratch build - eek).  I'm using traction girder rail for the street trackage and code 40 for anything with ties.  Rails are laid on styrene as of now and I'm soldering frogs for the turnouts.  When it's all mounted on the benchwork (in Jan i hope) I 'll post some shots.
 
Craig
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 3:12pm
I thought i'd show my attempt at building a yard that resembles Store street. Things are missing because of space (most notably Garden city) and because i built the yard mostly from track i had laying around. I hope you like it!
 
 
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 3:14pm
more.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 12th, 2007, 3:16pm
and the last one. Birds eye view.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2007, 11:16pm
Thanks for the compliments  .Craigolio, I look forward to seeing some shots from your layout. It's nice to see others who are modeling parts of the E&N, especially Store street, an area that I'd love to model but don't have the neccesary skills or especially the patience to pull off as yet.
 
CN 7303, love the switcher! Does your yard operate? i think most of the fun in Store st layout would be duplicating all the wierd switch moves they must have pulled off back in the day.
 
I've been doing more work on the langford part of my layout, as well as some Cobble Hills areas, so I thought i'd post a few more pics if anyone's interested.
 
A photographer I am not, so don't expect any calender crops anytime soon.
 
#1 southbound Budd through Cobble Hill
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2007, 11:25pm
Southbound through Langford, taken just north of where Phipps rd meets Station rd. In reality the Langford siding does not extend up this far but due to space limitations i had to compromise. Those familar with the area will note the gravel cut through that crossed the tracks over to Peatt rd, I used to cross this on the way to school one way as a kid and cross over the other way to go drink beer in the gravel pit as a teenager.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2007, 11:31pm
Northbound thru Langford the following morning.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 14th, 2007, 11:38pm
This photo shows the northern end of station rd, where the Van Isle moulding mill and ICG Propane were located. Once again, space limitations have caused me to put Van Isle's spur off the Langford siding, when in reality it was about 100 yards are so north of the north siding switch and the spur ran directly off the mainline. Oh well, the show must go on
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Nov 14th, 2007, 11:56pm
CroftonSpur88: Your layout is really coming along, looks great! Are you going to be able to fit in the Vic Ply complex? Did I see one of the famous E&N boxcars in 1 of those pics?  
 
 
CN703: Thats going to be pretty sweet when you get it finished, keep us updated as you go along!
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 12:21am
Thanks Vicguy, I've managed  to fit in a portion of it, I still need to add alot of details and come up with some better color and weathering for it. I've used some of your photo's as guide and my imagination and (fading ) memory in others, so it's still definently a work in progress.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 12:23am
another
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 1:24am
CroftonSpur88: Yes it is operational. I too also love the switcher, if i'd been in my right mind I would have bought all three road numbers when i had the chance.
 
Vicguy: Thanks! I think i managed to capture the general Idea of the Albion yard, even though it's completely backwards.
 
 
My biggest headache is the space available to me (8'x2' L) I want to get in as much of Store Street as i can, but it doesnt seem to be working out. I don't have any room for staging so the back half of my L might end up as staging for the yard. I'll put up a picture later of the back half of the Layout and see what you guys can make of it.
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 9:53pm
My goodness guys your both doing really well and getting the feel of it for sure.  Making compromises on a model is an ongoing problem for everyone I think.  We are busy taking our layout down at the moment as we are getting ready to put the house on the market.  We hope to get a new one up as soon as we get into the new house.  In our house its a battle as to which we run steam (hers) and shay's and diesels (mine).  Keep up the goood work both of you.
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 10:18pm
on Nov 15th, 2007, 9:53pm, Piglet wrote:       (Click here for original message)
In our house its a battle as to which we run steam (hers) and shay's and diesels (mine).  Keep up the goood work both of you.

 
The Island would be perfect for you to model then. Shays on the Logging Roads, Diesels on the E&N, and steam on CN.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 11:12pm
C7303's switcher in it's old BCH  livery?
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 11:15pm
Some more power
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Nov 15th, 2007, 11:40pm
on Nov 15th, 2007, 11:15pm, CroftonSpur88 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Some more power

 
Nice paint job on the 8424!!
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 12:40am
Thanks
 
A couple of E&N boxcars on Vic Ply's spur.
 
I've always loved the multimark scheme.
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 12:48am
Actually CN7059 we have been as we dug up some of the old surveys of the north island and created a line up there that interchanges with the E&N at Courtenay.  I am working on Hillcrest #11 or as close to it as I can get right now anyway.  She is from back east but loves the island but she likes those odd steam engines with the resiprocating rods on the drivers (it will never catch on like a shay or a climax, steam as it was intended).  Having riden both Hillcrest #9 and #10 I am partial to them and their sisters.  I figure with the minerals up there and the forest products it would work ok.  We are modeling somewhere around the mid 80's.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 2:13am
Here are some movite power shots.
 
The first is a GN loaner geep #636
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 2:15am
And CP 5000 representing the home road
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 2:16am
BCH 907 shoves boxcars into the albion loading dock.
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 2:17am
And Finally, SRY 151 pulls some CP rail covered hoppers.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 16th, 2007, 3:06am
CP's other GP 30, 5001
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 12:13am
How to amuse yourself and your child at the same time...........
 
Early morning finds Welcox and SRY V.I. busy.   The twins are busy pullling a load of procor tankers off the rail barge, while two sets of poles, a hopper from National Silicates, and a couple of empty tankers wait for the trip back to the mainland.    On this date Columbia Fuels has two cars spotted, and the RDC is on the shop tracks for servicing after a failure near Nanaimo that caused "confusion and delay".
 
If you look close Dennis Washington is making his way across the overpass for a "surprise" inspection of his new railyard.   Let's hope they are being "usefull".
 
 
Posted by: Cody Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 12:28am
The twins load the barge.   No coffee breaks today - the boss is in from Montana.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Nov 18th, 2007, 6:03pm
Perfect! the attention to detail is astonishing....wow, is that ever funny
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2007, 9:12am
Pair of cabeese parked on a siding
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2007, 4:21pm
Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 11:50pm
CP 5014
 

Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 11:52pm
CP 5017
 

Posted by: CN7303 Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 11:55pm
5014 and 5017 shove hoppers into the car/maintainence shop.
 

Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:27pm
Rock Island hopper waits on the mainline while the nothbound switches Vic Plywood.
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:29pm
Another
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:30pm
Group shot
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:32pm
Boxcar waiting to go to VanIsle moulding
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:33pm
Newer (cleaner ) hoppers
Posted by: joncalon Posted on: Jun 24th, 2008, 7:41pm
on Mar 2nd, 2005, 1:52am, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I have spent the last couple of hours revising my scenery gantries. Here are the new ones I have come up for the Victoria Sub north of Parksville. Starting to look a little more the way I had envisioned them.

 
WOW!  That's looking awesome.
 
Now, it's some three years later, and I'm trying to find the files for installing this route (or at the very least, the stuff north of Stockett) and not finding it on the train-sim.com site.  Any thoughts why this isn't showing up?
 
Thanks!
Jon
Posted by: Garrett_Owner Posted on: Jan 22nd, 2009, 8:07pm
Is there a place on the net where one could try these simulators on line?  
 
I had MC Train Sim at one time but gave it away to a buddy in Australia.
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Feb 7th, 2009, 11:25pm
I was one of the lucky few who was invited to check out the HO scale layout of Bob Muir this afternoon. His layout is freelanced and revolves around the Island logging industry. He has 8 highly detailed Baldwin DRS4-4-1000's and a couple of DS4-4-1000's.
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Feb 7th, 2009, 11:26pm
A 2nd pic...
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Feb 7th, 2009, 11:27pm
One more..
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Feb 8th, 2009, 2:57am
Very nice.
Posted by: CPR_9199 Posted on: Feb 8th, 2009, 10:13pm
Does Bob Muir have a club or is it private only?
 
I would love to see his layout in person
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Feb 26th, 2009, 12:36am
I thought I would post an image of the trackplan I have made for my small HO 8x9 layout room which I plan on building. I will be starting work in the next couple of months as time permits. The layout is divided into four scenes and represents the trackage between MP 89.7 at Bryn to MP 95.2 at Parksville Junction. It is a small section of the E&N however it was the only one that I could bend and prototypically represent in such a small space courtesy of my wife who had some strict requirements for access to the room plus the closet which has led to the unique duck under design. The design was inspired by Mike Confalone’s amazingly detailed shelf layout which was in Model Railroad Planning 2007. I have included a link showing what his layout looked like. http://www.pbase.com/mikerose/mike_confalones_layout  
 
Like his layout, mine will be set in December 1988 and will be a winter layout. I did most of my railfanning around Christmas as a youngster and you will find many of my past photos on this forum show this area during that period. I have acquired most of the code 70 trackage I require with the exception of some of the turnouts which are on back order. The layout was drawn using Atlas’s right track software and the scenery added in Paint Shop Pro. The mainline is made up of 22” to 26” curves with No.4 and No.6 Turnouts. There is a full loop of hidden staging below the layout with three sidings to allow various traffic during an operating session. Each of the staging tracks can hold 20 car trains which is longer than I plan on running. The five industries will allow for some interesting switching. I will post further updates as I commence building of the benchwork.  
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 9th, 2009, 9:30am
on May 9th, 2007, 12:21am, CroftonSpur88 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hey Moka,
 
It's a  HO scale 16 by 9 shelf layout based on the Vic sub from Stokett down to victoria.It's fully operational, but only the Esquilmalt section has somewhat completed scenery, Langford is next....
 
It's my first layout, so work is proceding rather slow, plus the room it's in has a dual use as a practice space for my hardcore band, and yes, I'm not spared any ribbing from my band mates on how a "toy train" isn't punk...

   
Thats funny Because over the years my Layout has shared a room with my drumset! heavy metal has definatly influenced its construction
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 11th, 2009, 1:18am
i have a alco s2 in cp rail multimark. its a proto 2000, not weathered and in perfect condition. I was wondering if any one has a BN locomotive they would trade for it? I really like it but it looks really out of place on my layout(which is BN, kettle falls Division) any geep would be cool. let me know? here is a picture of it hard at work. Increased traffic to the K.P.&C.D.J. pulp mill meant for a new yard. i didn't complain.
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 11th, 2009, 1:55am
(sorry not E&N, but i live here) to gp 38's crossing columbia street just before 4% grade.
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 11th, 2009, 1:59am
CP GP 30 #5000 on the lead to the pulp mill.
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Jun 11th, 2009, 2:59pm
BN kettle falls div. eh? very interesting part of the world to model.  Lets see, I have a BN F9, GP-7, and an SD9 that I've had for years, that no longer have a use, maybe a possibility there?
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 13th, 2009, 5:00pm
on Jun 11th, 2009, 2:59pm, missthealcos wrote:       (Click here for original message)
BN kettle falls div. eh? very interesting part of the world to model.  Lets see, I have a BN F9, GP-7, and an SD9 that I've had for years, that no longer have a use, maybe a possibility there?

i sent you a private message but incase you didn't get it I wouldn't mind an sd9 do you have any pics of it in action?
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 18th, 2009, 10:35pm
cool thanks for changeing the title of the thread. Ive noticed people get angry if you get off topic.
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 18th, 2009, 10:38pm
that last picture is the engine terminal in Columbia City, the next picture shows part of the pulpmill complex(scenery is allways a work in progress)
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 18th, 2009, 11:02pm
My layout when finished,  will be set up for two people to run. The sawmill turn and the pulp mill turn. I'm going old school with DC control and blocks. Having to turn on and off differnt switches is all ways fun.4% grades and a minimum radis of 22, makes for hours of fun railroading. if you don't obey the speed restrictions on the climb out of grand forks derailments are a for sure thing. 3 four axle EMD's are needed to pull large modern equipment over a railroad designed for 40' freight cars. this picture is the start of my sawmill located roughly in grand forks  
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Jun 24th, 2009, 11:29pm
I have several model railways at home, starting out with the 3.5" gauge live steam engines, and working down to the large OO scale layout.  (Long Marton, S&C).  The deal I worked out with my wife was that she got a rain deflector, fitted with a fireplace and enough land for a horse, and I got a basement, fitted with a rain deflector
 
So, I have approximately 24x36 for layout development & storage...
 
around 1/2 of that is filled with Lego, including a very sizable collection of lego trains.  The other 1/2 is my OO scale model of Long Marton, or passageways.  I am sure that I could make better use of the space available to me, but that is what I am doing for now.  The OO runs around basically, the full outside of the house and through the middle, with the Lego confined to roughly 12x24 on the other side.  (there's also a bathroom and laundry room/basement entry which are not mine...lost that bit of the argument).  The walls have holes inserted as I require for running through, so right now there are 3 tunnels.  (which facinate the 3 year old to no end!)
 
Anyway, if anyone wants to come out and visit, drop me a email.  Quite often nothing is runnable (like right now...), but I can and do make things happen.
 
I also run at Vancouver Island Model Engineers, with the 3.5" gauge engines and the steam traction engine.  Again, let me know if anyone ever wants to have a go, I will see about timings.  (as work has a fairly non flexable scheduling process...)
 
James Powell
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Jun 25th, 2009, 10:46am
Well, it looks like supplies for modelling will be scarcer..........
 
Just received word that Victoria Scale Rail will be closing his doors July 31, 2009.
 
Thats make 6 hobby stores closed in the past 5 years in the Vancouver Island/Lower Mainland area.
Posted by: bcr4604 Posted on: Jun 25th, 2009, 11:02am
That's too bad, I remember Terry was thinking about it the last time I talked to him.
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Jun 26th, 2009, 9:16am
It does not come as much of a supprise to me that Terry has decided to fold in the towel, he has been talking about it seriously for the last 2 years or so.  There were incidents which have had a severe influence on his decisions, and I can understand why he is closing.  It is a shame to see one of the 3 local stores close, especially under these circumstances, but hardly supprising.
 
I know that online retailers have taken a huge share away from local stores.  I'm as guilty as the next person for it too, as I have bought stuff direct from several online stores rather than through VSR or Shaver & Hobby or Railhead, but it comes down to the fact that local small stores are not all that competitive against nationwide stores when they are being shut out of certain market areas by the availability of product, and the financial strength of the larger stores.  
 
I'll miss being able to get some stuff locally though...I know that.
 
James Powell
Posted by: missthealcos Posted on: Jun 26th, 2009, 3:05pm
Well, speaking as a small business owner with a retail side, My somewhat biased opinion is that we need to support our local stores...but that they have to DESERVE it. The attitude of some, that we should just support because it's the right thing to do, but without putting any effort into getting and retaining said business, is what drives some to online. Some of these places have essentially put themselves out of business(no personal experience with this particular one though). Having said that though, I buy alot of model RR stuff, and I do very much prefer to go and get it at the local store(s), unless I absolutley have to get it online.  We all lose when they are gone.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jun 26th, 2009, 6:45pm
Railhead?
 
Is there another hobby shop in Victoria that I'm unaware of?
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Jun 26th, 2009, 8:03pm
on Jun 26th, 2009, 6:45pm, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Railhead?
 
Is there another hobby shop in Victoria that I'm unaware of?

 
I think they only deal in Lionel products.
 
Thats too bad about Victoria Scale Rail, I've been buying various train magazines there for years and enjoyed talking with Terry. I guess I'll be getting subscriptions for those mags now.....
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Jun 26th, 2009, 11:08pm
I am unfortunatly away from the island as it stands now for at least a few more years but I support my local shops in my area.  I have yet to find a store on line that carrys or will get me rail spikes for hand laying my rail.  I have just about all the equiptment I will need for now but the little things are what I need and seem to be only able to get them at the local stores thankfully.  You are right about the fact they have to take a serious interest in growing their business by making the customer happy as much as they can or why go there?  Im sad to see VSR go as when Im on the island and down that way I do stop by. Ah well.  Is the hobby shop just south of Campbell river still about?
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 26th, 2009, 11:25pm
The Only place that i know of is in Duncan. Scott's hobbies i think there called. they have a great selection of walthers buildings, woodland scenics, scratchbuilding supplies, and other scenery stuff. They also have a small selection of track,freight cars and locomotives. they will also order in what you wan't. i have been buying there since my favorite train store of all time has shut down.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 12:01am
Is Leisure Time still in Nanaimo?
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 1:14am
on Jun 27th, 2009, 12:01am, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Is Leisure Time still in Nanaimo?

Yes unfortunatly, they were my favorite store. I used to travel great distances with my saved up allowance to shop there.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 1:43am
on Jun 26th, 2009, 11:08pm, Piglet wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I am unfortunatly away from the island as it stands now for at least a few more years but I support my local shops in my area.  I have yet to find a store on line that carrys or will get me rail spikes for hand laying my rail.  I have just about all the equiptment I will need for now but the little things are what I need and seem to be only able to get them at the local stores thankfully.  You are right about the fact they have to take a serious interest in growing their business by making the customer happy as much as they can or why go there?  Im sad to see VSR go as when Im on the island and down that way I do stop by. Ah well.  Is the hobby shop just south of Campbell river still about?

Yes, it is still there and seems to doing quite well.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 1:44am
on Jun 27th, 2009, 12:01am, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Is Leisure Time still in Nanaimo?

No, it has been closed for awhile.
Posted by: bcrailfan Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 10:12am
ebay, P.W. R.S., Canadian Model Trains, etc....  These and others must be awfully tough competitors for any hobby shop.
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 12:41pm
being a young railfan(24) buying products online is a huge hassel. Trying to keep credit lines under control,bills, and all that goes along with parent hood is very hard. But when ever i do have a few extra dollars to buy somthing heading to my local hobby shop is a real treat. I agree that it is hard to compete with online sales, the customer base online is infinite.
it is up to local railfans to support there local hobby shops. When leisure time was open I never once bought anything online. I would go and order it through them.  
  Sure there are great deals on the internet, but is there friendly staff to help you with your decisions? Is there anyone to help you use the website?? when you need a quiet place to just go and drool over the loco's in the display case the computer screen just doesn't quite cut it. So now I will make the drive from Nanaimo to Duncan to support my local hobby shop. I don't need to know about the great deals online, oh wait, plus shipping and handling.  
I'll Stick with cold hard Cash.
Posted by: farronhill Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 8:31pm
on Jun 26th, 2009, 8:03pm, vicguy wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I think they [The Railhead] only deal in Lionel products.
 
>>snipped

Not so, unless there has been a change very recently. They had lots of things, new and used, for the modeler the last time I was there. For example, I bought a new DCC cab and supplies and got very good service.
 
Usual disclaimer, no connection to the shop, just a satisfied customer.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Jun 27th, 2009, 8:56pm
on Jun 27th, 2009, 8:31pm, farronhill wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Not so, unless there has been a change very recently. They had lots of things, new and used, for the modeler the last time I was there. For example, I bought a new DCC cab and supplies and got very good service.
 
Usual disclaimer, no connection to the shop, just a satisfied customer.

 
When the owner of Railhead (can't think of his name) worked at Victoria Scale Rail he told me about his plans to open the store and that he would only deal in Lionel. I thought then it was strange as it was such a limited market and since I have no interest in Lionel I have never been in his store. Do you know if he sells the usual train magazines? I would rather support a local shop then get a subscription.
 
Thanks for the info, farronhill  
Posted by: rrthomp Posted on: Jul 3rd, 2009, 1:58am
Railhead has an eclectic mix of new and used N to G and Lionel. Really small store but worth a visit now and then. No magazines.
Posted by: Speeder Posted on: Jul 21st, 2009, 4:14pm
on Jun 27th, 2009, 8:56pm, vicguy wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
When the owner of Railhead (can't think of his name) worked at Victoria Scale Rail he told me about his plans to open the store and that he would only deal in Lionel. I thought then it was strange as it was such a limited market and since I have no interest in Lionel I have never been in his store. Do you know if he sells the usual train magazines? I would rather support a local shop then get a subscription.
 
Thanks for the info, farronhill  

 
 
Railhead's owner is Dave Steele, and he has a huge mix of pretty much everything in his small store. Yes, Lionel is there, but from what I've seen, that's only a small portion of what he has. Lot's of interesting used stuff too. Well worth the visit I can assure you!!!
 
 
As  for Vic Scale Rail closing... say it isn't so! What a shame! I'll have to drop in before he closes. I've recently got into N-Scale, and I've always appreciated the store and the great assistance from the owner.
 
 
As for the BC Shaver Shop... I haven't had good experiences there over the last few years. Only one guy (Mark) seems to know anything about model railways, and their selection isn't that great either. Case in point: Atlas Code 55 n-scale track... I asked them to order some (any!!!) code 55 turnouts over a year ago, and still none have come in. A couple of staff members even told me that they didn't know if Atlas was making code 55 anymore. Clearly BS. Whatever, I guess I`ll got somewhere else.
Posted by: bcr4604 Posted on: Jul 21st, 2009, 4:18pm
on Jul 21st, 2009, 4:14pm, Speeder wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Railhead's owner is Dave Steele, and he has a huge mix of pretty much everything in his small store. Yes, Lionel is there, but from what I've seen, that's only a small portion of what he has. Lot's of interesting used stuff too. Well worth the visit I can assure you!!!
 
 
As  for Vic Scale Rail closing... say it isn't so! What a shame! I'll have to drop in before he closes. I've recently got into N-Scale, and I've always appreciated the store and the great assistance from the owner.

 
I won't be goint to Railhead any time soon. It's a long story, but from what Terry has been telling me, Mr. Steele is one of the main reasons that Victoria Scale Rail is closing.
Posted by: Speeder Posted on: Jul 21st, 2009, 4:34pm
on Jul 21st, 2009, 4:18pm, bcr4604 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I won't be goint to Railhead any time soon. It's a long story, but from what Terry has been telling me, Mr. Steele is one of the main reasons that Victoria Scale Rail is closing.

 
 
Sorry, I was unaware of any bad blood between the two guys. However, didn't Dave leave Vic Scale Rail almost 2 years ago? I would have thought that any effect he would have had would have happened ages ago.  
 
Anyway, I'll have to drop in to Terry's store within the next few days. As I said, I'm very saddened by the news
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2009, 3:16am
on Jul 21st, 2009, 4:18pm, bcr4604 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I won't be goint to Railhead any time soon. It's a long story, but from what Terry has been telling me, Mr. Steele is one of the main reasons that Victoria Scale Rail is closing.

Just remember that there is always two sides to each and every story.
 
The only reason I haven't made it to Railhead ever is location, location, location. Victoria Scale Rail was very convenient in location and parking.
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2009, 11:38pm
I'd figure there are more like 3 sides to these stories, his, mine & the truth...
 
Certainly there is bad blood between Terry and a few other people, and some people could have supported him in his efforts rather than acting like vultures.  Now, we will be down to only the Shaver Shop for stuff, and their selection is not as good as Terry's was.  
 
It means more mail order for me...not though there is a shortage of that for me either, since I model british anyway.
 
James
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2009, 11:43pm
I have Long Marton running under computer control again- it took ~15 days of on and off work to get it back to running, mostly off again chasing around child in basement.  I've since spent another day or so getting Railroad & Co to work reasonably right with the "simple" track setup right now.  (running 4 trains alternately, from 4 staging tracks...not the double ended yard that is in the other room).
 
It's looking good...but track cleanliness is a serious problem to get reliable automatic running.
 
James
Posted by: vanislrailway Posted on: Sep 10th, 2009, 11:29pm
Victoria Model Railway Show -Cedar Hill Recreation Center,  Free parking Admission: Adults - $6; Family - $13; NMRA/PNR - $5; Under 10 - Free when accompanied by an adult.  didnt see any posting yet.
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Sep 10th, 2009, 11:48pm
on Sep 10th, 2009, 11:29pm, vanislrailway wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Victoria Model Railway Show -Cedar Hill Recreation Center,  Free parking Admission: Adults - $6; Family - $13; NMRA/PNR - $5; Under 10 - Free when accompanied by an adult.  didnt see any posting yet.

 
when is it?
Posted by: vanislrailway Posted on: Sep 11th, 2009, 1:45am
Opps sory forgot to say its this sunday.  Sept 13th
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Sep 13th, 2009, 6:20pm
IS there anyone in the Nanaimo area that would like to start a modular club?? I don't have enough space to build a really large layout but if a few people got together and built some modulars we could have some fun. FUN is what I have in mind not strict rules on running railroads prototypicaly correct. anyone interested?
Posted by: cycledude Posted on: Sep 14th, 2009, 11:07am
on Sep 11th, 2009, 1:45am, vanislrailway wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Opps sory forgot to say its this sunday.  Sept 13th

 
90-second video we dropped by and have a video-to-prove-it. Great show!
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Sep 14th, 2009, 11:33pm
on Sep 14th, 2009, 11:07am, cycledude wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
90-second video we dropped by and have a video-to-prove-it. Great show!

What did you think of my layout?  (the Lego stuff)
 
James
Posted by: Speeder Posted on: Sep 14th, 2009, 11:37pm
on Sep 14th, 2009, 11:33pm, wx732 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

What did you think of my layout?  (the Lego stuff)
 
James

 
Was that your layout? Well, it certainly was the biggest hit with the kids wasn't it?
 
For two reasons:
 
1) It was Lego! and...
 
2) It was LOW enough for ALL the kids to view properly!!!
 
 
 
 
Posted by: cycledude Posted on: Sep 15th, 2009, 11:08am
"What did you think of my layout?  (the Lego stuff)"
It was excellent
and very popular. Thanks for all the work you put into your dispaly.Did it win any categories?
I took video but it didn't make the 90sec. version. Here's a framegrab:
 
Posted by: cn8863 Posted on: Oct 19th, 2009, 6:54pm
Another model project of mine, 6148 and 6135. 2 Athearn RDC-1's custom painted. Currently a work in progress.
 
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2009, 1:00am
on Oct 19th, 2009, 6:54pm, cn8863 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Another model project of mine, 6148 and 6135. 2 Athearn RDC-1's custom painted. Currently a work in progress.
 

HO?
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2009, 2:00am
I guess N
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2009, 9:33am
Thanks Cycledude, for the shout out on the lego layout.  VICLUG puts forward a lot of work to do the shows we do, and it is great to hear that people like what we are doing.  There have been some negative experiences for other lego groups at shows, (it's not a "real model railway..." whateva!) but the experience of the clubs has been positive.  I hope that we can open the eyes of children to show them that modeling can vary from dead scale to fun models.
 
James Powell
Posted by: cn8863 Posted on: Oct 23rd, 2009, 2:03pm
on Oct 23rd, 2009, 1:00am, Pyronova wrote:       (Click here for original message)

HO?

 
Yep, HO Scale.
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Oct 25th, 2009, 6:23am
Check out this G-scale E&N setup:
 
http://www.grblogs.com/index.php/2008/11/29/lone-firr-rr-bridges-and-trestles?blog=51
Posted by: cn2141 Posted on: Oct 31st, 2009, 1:02am
Well this seems to be the right place to put this info. A close friend of mine passed away in June and recently we had to dismantle his layout. This layout has been featured in many magazines. RMC published a major feature about 4 years ago as well. Most of the sections have went to museums in Pt Alberni, Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Some other sections are in private hands. The last remaining section is the Nanaimo Yard section which is 30 inches wide by 15 feet long. This was an 'O' scale layout with handlaid code 100 rail with turnouts operated by operating switchstands. It presently is in storage in my heated garage. We are looking for a home for this last piece. I will only cut it up as a last resort and will store it for awhile until someone wants it. It will also include a really nice backdrop and possibly all the buildings and the road bridge. The buildings may not  possibly be included if too much time goes by. This is a great opportunity to get into 'O' scale for free. As well if someone wants this quick then they can also buy a whack of railcars dirt cheap. I am going to post 3 pictures as well. Email me if you want it or let others know please. Thanks.....Sterling
Posted by: cn2141 Posted on: Oct 31st, 2009, 1:03am
picture no 2
Posted by: cn2141 Posted on: Oct 31st, 2009, 1:04am
And picture no 3
Posted by: Mill_Bay Posted on: Jan 16th, 2010, 10:46pm
Hopefully this is something new... does anyone remember the rather sizeable N Scale layout that used to be in a, or the, hobby shop in Campbell River? I remember seeing it one, long ago, when we passed through Campbell River on a sailing trip, and I was quite enthralled with it. It's always stuck with me, so I was just wondering if anyone else remembers it, and if it is maybe still there.
Posted by: joncalon Posted on: May 3rd, 2010, 10:10am
Hey all,
 
Planning out the trackplan for my upcoming E&N layout (circa 198 and want to know if the shippers who are currently on the line now were still railway customers back in 1988?  More specifically, I'm wanting to know if National Silicates and the Royston Pole yard were customers back then...
 
Also, if anyone has any information as to other customers back in that year, I would greatly appreciate it...As in, was Buckerfields in Parksville still receiving stuff by rail or not?
 
Cheers,
Jon
Posted by: Sidewinder Posted on: May 3rd, 2010, 11:10pm
on Jan 16th, 2010, 10:46pm, Mill_Bay wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hopefully this is something new... does anyone remember the rather sizeable N Scale layout that used to be in a, or the, hobby shop in Campbell River? I remember seeing it one, long ago, when we passed through Campbell River on a sailing trip, and I was quite enthralled with it. It's always stuck with me, so I was just wondering if anyone else remembers it, and if it is maybe still there.

 
The hobby shop, The Brass Hat, closed over ten years ago.  Just got off the phone after talking to the fellow who ran the shop.  Once the store was closed, there was no room for the layout so it had to go.  It's in the landfill.
Posted by: Speeder Posted on: Sep 16th, 2010, 8:50pm
Anyone know if know what's going on with Dave Steele's "Rail Head" store (at the Oak Bay Junction). I noticed that it said "closed for inventory until Friday" two weeks ago... but from what I can see, it still seems closed, the store sign is down in the window too
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Sep 16th, 2010, 9:20pm
Just to add: Next SUNDAY  the 26th is the Victoria model railway show @ Cedar Hill.
 
Lego and British- I will be there.
 
James
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Sep 18th, 2010, 12:28am
on Sep 16th, 2010, 8:50pm, Speeder wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Anyone know if know what's going on with Dave Steele's "Rail Head" store (at the Oak Bay Junction). I noticed that it said "closed for inventory until Friday" two weeks ago... but from what I can see, it still seems closed, the store sign is down in the window too

 
 
I spoke to Dave Steele today at the store- he is moving back to the smaller shop next door.  I still have 2 locos in the store on consignment.
 
James
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Sep 25th, 2010, 10:54am
Tomorrow is the Victoria Model Railway Show @ Cedar Hill Rec Centre.
 
 
(just bumping the thread)
 
James
Posted by: Speeder Posted on: Sep 26th, 2010, 12:13pm
on Sep 18th, 2010, 12:28am, wx732 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
I spoke to Dave Steele today at the store- he is moving back to the smaller shop next door.  I still have 2 locos in the store on consignment.
 
James

 
 
Thanks for the update
 
I ran into Dave last Friday evening when I was passing the store. He showed me the renos that had been done on the old store. It'll look very good by the time he's moved back in.
Posted by: chrisale Posted on: Sep 26th, 2010, 9:18pm
My son and I went to the show today, he loved it.
 
I took some cellphone videos of it... sorry it's terrible quality video, but better than nothing.
 
We came home with a couple secondhand cars, a CN caboose and a "Silver Streak" diesel locomotive with caboose.  He was adamant on getting some sort of "Diesel Lo-Ca-Mo-Tif.
Posted by: chrisale Posted on: Sep 26th, 2010, 9:35pm
Here's the link
http://www.youtube.com/user/alberniweather?feature=mhum#p/u/3/bBMkTL7ycLc
Posted by: mcl802 Posted on: Sep 28th, 2010, 10:49am
In reply to your question about buiness served by C.P in the 1980s I have a chart made by DK Heron in 1986 listing customers.   Gardencity warehouse ltd. near albion team track, B.C. hydro gas, via ststion at mile0.0,Slade&stewart ltd. at mileo.45, Russell spur0.8, Green isle warehouse at1.31 standard furniture also at 1.31, Kelly douglas 1.45, CI gas 3.2, Victoria plywood at 3.8, Van Isle molding 8.33, I.C.G. petro 8.38, Macdonalds consolidated 8.9, top helf feeds 38.33, Buckerfields feed 38.8, oil spur 40.1, crofton spur , Mac Bloedel lumber 50.7, crown forest 58.34, Mohawk gas 63.3, Payless gas 63.45, Stannard distributers 71.1, Westview stucco 71.97, V.I gas 73.39, Kelly Douglas and C.I. gas 73.75, Madills 76.04, ICG petro 78.04, Jayem 84.3, Bryn storage (tahsis Co.) 89.4, Town of Parksville spur (c.i.l.) 92.4, Superior prop. 95.3, Dunsmur siding (conex explosives) 110.2, 118.0 B.C. hydro., Buckley Bay (Dupont Explosives) 126.1, Island Pole&Piling (Conex explosives) , A.W. Leaky Pole&Piling, I.C.G. petro 139.31, and on the Alberni sub there is Mac Bloe Plywood 39.7, I.C.G. petro 38.47, Alberni foundry 38.4, Mac Bloe sawmill, Mac Bloe Pulp&Papermill.  I hope this will help. Dave. on May 3rd, 2010, 10:10am, joncalon wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hey all,
 
Planning out the trackplan for my upcoming E&N layout (circa 198 and want to know if the shippers who are currently on the line now were still railway customers back in 1988?  More specifically, I'm wanting to know if National Silicates and the Royston Pole yard were customers back then...
 
Also, if anyone has any information as to other customers back in that year, I would greatly appreciate it...As in, was Buckerfields in Parksville still receiving stuff by rail or not?
 
Cheers,
Jon

Posted by: torch Posted on: Sep 28th, 2010, 6:38pm
there was  a lot of  other occasional customers as well. If you never saw a switch list from that period or wernt around the tracks  often you may not know about it.  Victoria foundry would recieve cars of coke in the vic west yard as late as the early 90s .  Clhorine showed up by tank time to time too as  wel as marine buoys(dont know who that shipper was) ,bricks came by flatcar for sleggs lumber and were unloaded on the esquimalt siding in view royal.  I saw  bulkhead flats loaded with pvc pie  arrive victoria for years too.  Thats to name a  few that arent commonly talked about.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Sep 28th, 2010, 9:51pm
on Sep 28th, 2010, 6:38pm, torch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
there was  a lot of  other occasional customers as well. If you never saw a switch list from that period or wernt around the tracks  often you may not know about it.  Victoria foundry would recieve cars of coke in the vic west yard as late as the early 90s .  ...

 
I remember seeing gondolas sitting in the yard at the unloading ramp. I guess those were coke for the foundry?
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Sep 28th, 2010, 10:45pm
Westcoast Appliance would get the occasional boxcar full of fridges and other appliances at the loading dock in the yard untill the mid 90's.
Posted by: cycledude Posted on: Oct 4th, 2010, 12:37pm
Vancouver Island Model Engineers 2010 One-minute Video
Posted by: CN7059 Posted on: Oct 4th, 2010, 7:03pm
on Oct 4th, 2010, 12:37pm, cycledude wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Vancouver Island Model Engineers 2010 One-minute Video

 
The purple box cab with the red roof belongs to my mother. I don't think it made it into your video, but if you were there for long enough on Saturday, you should have seen it.
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Oct 4th, 2010, 8:22pm
tahsis Co. at bryn siding? weird i wonder what could have been unloaded-loaded there. As far as I knew Tahsis company consisted of a pulp mill in Goldriver and a sawmill in Tahsis. Both far away from the E&N.
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Oct 5th, 2010, 1:43am
on Oct 4th, 2010, 8:22pm, ENRFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
tahsis Co. at bryn siding? weird i wonder what could have been unloaded-loaded there. As far as I knew Tahsis company consisted of a pulp mill in Goldriver and a sawmill in Tahsis. Both far away from the E&N.

I believe it was hot sulphur, they used to unload it at the end of track in Courtenay ( north of 5th street) it smelled so bad that the the local residents complained so much that they moved the unloading equipment to Bryn siding. The sulper was unloaded into CP Transport trucks and hauled to Gold River on the highway.
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Oct 5th, 2010, 9:26am
Cool thanks for the info TFCtrains. Thats crazy to think because they would have had to drive the old island highway. So did they do this untill the pulp mill in Goldriver shutdown?
Posted by: tfctrains Posted on: Oct 6th, 2010, 3:09am
on Oct 5th, 2010, 9:26am, ENRFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Cool thanks for the info TFCtrains. Thats crazy to think because they would have had to drive the old island highway. So did they do this untill the pulp mill in Goldriver shutdown?

I think it ended before the pulp mill shut down, the mill may have switched to a different product or they come up with a different way of getting the product to Gold River. Gold River provided a lot of traffic for the E&N, I am told that the houses that were built in Gold River were prefab, they all came by train providing some interesting switching in the Courtenay yard, I am told some some trains were 50 to 60 cars. It was a time when I was interested in cars,girls and that stuff that came in little brown bottles, did not pay to much attention to the E&N at that time.
Posted by: joncalon Posted on: Oct 11th, 2010, 5:09pm
Hey all,
 
Finally got around to getting my website started, regarding the layout I'm planning to build.
 
Take a look at it and let me know what you think.
 
http://www.calon.ca/EN1988/
 
Cheers,
Jon
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Oct 11th, 2010, 9:59pm
That is a nice start there Jon.  It is the season to get back in the basement for those of us in cooler  climates.  I moved my stock of kits and supplies out of the storage room (electrical up grade shortly).  I haven't counted all of the engines but I did find about 5 DRS 4-4-1000's (not all finished by any means) I built years ago before they were (or close to them) available.  Have to keep your layout in mind although mine is only going to two levels, that and yours would be at the south end of mine as mine runs over the old serveys on the northern end of the island.  Keep up the good work.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 12th, 2010, 1:40am
It seems I have been bitten by the modeling railroading bug in recent months. I have come up with several layout plans including a new tripple deck layout with a helix instead of the original continuous climb which I had used allowing realistic grades. By using the a helix I have been able to work in all the goals I set ut to incorporate into this layout except Wellcox yard which is just too large to model in the space I have availabe so it will be represented by staging. I have been able to work in every industry between Stockett and Port Alberni for 1988 along with many important landmarks along the two subdivisions. The base level is at 31", middle at 46" and top at 62." I am actually taking a serious look at building this layout as I have collected all the materials, power and rolling stock needed over the last decade. I will post the other two levels in the near future as I have not finished editing them yet to the level of this plan.
 
Chris
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Oct 14th, 2010, 12:22am
on Oct 12th, 2010, 1:40am, ENR3005 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
It seems I have been bitten by the modeling railroading bug in recent months. I have come up with several layout plans including a new tripple deck layout with a helix instead of the original continuous climb which I had used allowing realistic grades. By using the a helix I have been able to work in all the goals I set ut to incorporate into this layout except Wellcox yard which is just too large to model in the space I have availabe so it will be represented by staging. I have been able to work in every industry between Stockett and Port Alberni for 1988 along with many important landmarks along the two subdivisions. The base level is at 31", middle at 46" and top at 62." I am actually taking a serious look at building this layout as I have collected all the materials, power and rolling stock needed over the last decade. I will post the other two levels in the near future as I have not finished editing them yet to the level of this plan.
 
Chris  

What scale please?
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 14th, 2010, 9:52pm
on Oct 14th, 2010, 12:22am, Pyronova wrote:       (Click here for original message)

What scale please?

 
It is HO as noted on the plan however taking a second look the print might be a bit small to read. Here is what it looks like with all the levels together. I will have the track plan for the middle level up soon.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 15th, 2010, 1:58am
So here is the middle level. Given the space available I chose to only do the eastern portion of the Parksville Junction with a larger more useable yard for the Parksville turn. I did do a version with a condensed version of both ends of the yard but I felt it would be too unrealistic with short sidings and scrapped it after much reviewing. One problem with multi decks is that you lose vertical scenery which is why I have chosen the pile treste and Arrowsmith siding for the first section of the Port Sub. Incorporating vertical scenery into the base level such as the MP25.0 trestle was much easier. I would have loved to have one or two of the Cameron Lake trestles however it is not feasible with these type of stacked layouts. The rest of the Victoria sub on towards Nanaimo is straight forward with the appropriate industries on that section of the line. The layout is designed for two or three operators with a Nanaimo Turn, Parksville Turn and Port Alberni freight. There will of course be the dayliner also. I should have the last level plan uploaded in the next few days.  
 
Chris
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Oct 15th, 2010, 10:57am

 
 
 Nevermind, wouldn't work when I looked at the plans (doh!)
 
how about the spiral continuing though, or is that already planned?  Make the spiral from just above floor height to as tall as practial, to afford 1-2 more trains storage.  Especially if you go down below the lower level, you should be able to do 2 tracks side by each.  Only issue I see with that is the layout is end to end with no reversing, so hard to send extra trains up/down without them being visible.  Because Port Sub never hardly ever saw RDC's, it is a bit more tricky.  The fun of comprimise...
 
 
I'm always up to visiting or hosting modellers, even if Black Dog would appreciate my home layout more than most of you...it being uk.  (or Lego...).  My OO scale (16.5mm gauge, 4mm scale) layout is "level", single level conventional layout.  The Lego goes from ~24"-60" via a 5 layer spiral, but Lego is severely limited by the single curve radius & O-27ish size of it.
 
if any of you are going to use DCC and computer control, feel free to ask me for advice- I've been mucking with it for ~5 years now.  Occasoinally, I can even manage to NOT have trains crash into one another !  As designed, the OO layout can have up to 6 trains running at the same time, with 2 on the visual portion.  Right now, it is capable of as many as the Port Sub.  (0!)
 
James
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2010, 3:32pm
It does work if I throw in some curved turnouts off the helix. It allows staging under the Port Alberni level. I am still drawing a plan and will have it up in the near future.  
 
on Oct 15th, 2010, 10:57am, wx732 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
 Nevermind, wouldn't work when I looked at the plans (doh!)
 
how about the spiral continuing though, or is that already planned?  Make the spiral from just above floor height to as tall as practial, to afford 1-2 more trains storage.  Especially if you go down below the lower level, you should be able to do 2 tracks side by each.  Only issue I see with that is the layout is end to end with no reversing, so hard to send extra trains up/down without them being visible.  Because Port Sub never hardly ever saw RDC's, it is a bit more tricky.  The fun of comprimise...
 
 
I'm always up to visiting or hosting modellers, even if Black Dog would appreciate my home layout more than most of you...it being uk.  (or Lego...).  My OO scale (16.5mm gauge, 4mm scale) layout is "level", single level conventional layout.  The Lego goes from ~24"-60" via a 5 layer spiral, but Lego is severely limited by the single curve radius & O-27ish size of it.
 
if any of you are going to use DCC and computer control, feel free to ask me for advice- I've been mucking with it for ~5 years now.  Occasoinally, I can even manage to NOT have trains crash into one another !  As designed, the OO layout can have up to 6 trains running at the same time, with 2 on the visual portion.  Right now, it is capable of as many as the Port Sub.  (0!)
 
James

Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2010, 3:36pm
on Oct 16th, 2010, 2:51pm, CLC Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
ENR3005-->  I like it!!  Except you need to roll back the calendar a few decades and go Baldwin.    Just kidding.. that looks really good!

 
Actually I have set it the layout in the 80s as not much had changed from the 70s when the Baldwins were being used. I even recently grabbed a Proto CP Rail RDC1 just in case I get serious about building this layout as I intend on having some baldwins operating sessions. I just have to build a few.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 16th, 2010, 4:00pm
So here is the top level. I am still working on a staging level under Port Alberni however I am not happy with my plans so far but will have it up when I am done
 
Some facts on the layout.  
 
Time: 1988  
-Length of mainline 232'6" or 3.83 scale miles!
-Maximum grade 1.9% visible, 2.8% staging
-Minimum mainline radius 22", mostly made up of 24" and larger curves where possible
-Maximum train length into Port Alberni 25 50 foot cars (is determined by longest siding)
-Up to 4 operators, Nanaimo Switcher, Parksville Turn, Port Alberni Turn, Macmillian Bloedel yard switcher, there is also the dayliner which could be added as a fifth  
-track is code 70 (100 pound rail)
-turnouts are No 6 and No 4s
 
As of today I have negotiated with my wife for the little bit of storage space she used in my layout room so I am now that much closer to building this mini monster.  
 
Chris
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Oct 16th, 2010, 6:25pm
hey ENR3005 that's going to be great when its finished! Are we all invited over when it's done?  
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Oct 16th, 2010, 7:14pm
Curved turnouts aren't that hard to build thankfully so you can just make them for yourself to the size you need on the helix.  Keep us up to speed on how its going.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Oct 17th, 2010, 12:51pm
on Oct 16th, 2010, 6:25pm, vicguy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
hey ENR3005 that's going to be great when its finished! Are we all invited over when it's done?  

 
Hey that works for me, I even have a small bar fridge that I plan on installing below the layout for anyone that wants a cold one when they drop by. When I get the layout operational I do plan on hosting some operating sessions to see how things work out. Hopefully by some point in the spring things will be operational and a few of you will be over checking things out.
 
Chris
Posted by: ENRFAN Posted on: Oct 17th, 2010, 1:24pm
NICE thats pretty awsome. Lots of industries to switch. Good work.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Oct 17th, 2010, 2:05pm
Yo Chris; Have been doing that for years. Started when I noticed the spare refrigerator behind the layout in my garage. Then I was able to align the tracks so that I could drink a tall cool one while the trains, three, ran around. Then the spare phone would ring, and I would be on the phone, trains running and I was sipping a tall cool one. Life was good. If I kept the speed of the trains reasonable, I could watch the trains etc. for hours. Try it, you will like it. That is, until the wife finds out what you are doing.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jun 18th, 2011, 3:47pm
Well it seems the best plans fall apart just when work is to start. After collecting all the materials to build the triple deck layout above and finishing my layout room, things change on the career front for both my wife and I and it looks like we will be moving again within the next five years or less. As a result I have had to re-think my layout plan and come up with something which could be completed within a shorter time frame if I am going to stick around in the hobby for the time being.  
 
As a result I came up with the following single deck freelanced plan which is based on the E&N. The plan is based on a fictional isolated 25 mile line on the Sunshine Coast connecting Langdale and Sechelt and is run as a seperate division of the E&N. Most sources of traffic are similar to the E&N as you will note in the plan. VIA also has a smaller role on the line running a single RDC twice a day to connect with BC Ferries  at Langdale.  
 
Not exactly what I wanted to build however it will fit the bill till I have the time and space to build the E&N layout I want.  
 
Chris
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Jun 18th, 2011, 7:07pm
I love the idea. Looks like a lot of layout for a 10X12 area. Makes me want to rethink the layout for my PGE/E&N based layout.
Posted by: joncalon Posted on: Jul 25th, 2011, 11:48pm
Was suggested to me that I post another note regarding progress on my E&N layout and the fact I've been doing a fair amount of construction and updates to my blog.  The blog has been thoroughly overhauled and published using WordPress.
 
Feel free to check out the progress and update your bookmarks (you do have my site bookmarked, yes?  
 
http://www.calon.ca/Wordpress/
 
Cheers!
Jon
Posted by: railpuck Posted on: Sep 25th, 2011, 3:53am
Today Sunday Sept 25, is the Victoria Model Train Show at the Cedar Hill Rec Center,in Sannich, from 10am to 4pm, Vancouver Island's Biggest Model Train Show.
Posted by: cycledude Posted on: Sep 25th, 2011, 1:32pm
on Jul 25th, 2011, 11:48pm, joncalon wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Was suggested to me that I post another note regarding progress on my E&N layout and the fact I've been doing a fair amount of construction and updates to my blog.  The blog has been thoroughly overhauled and published using WordPress.
 
Feel free to check out the progress and update your bookmarks (you do have my site bookmarked, yes?  
 
http://www.calon.ca/Wordpress/
 
Cheers!
Jon

 
Hi Jon,
Thanks for publishing photos of your progress on the new setup. You certainly do nice work. It looks well constructed. Also, congrats on using Wordpress -- it's not the easiest online software to figure out but it does a good job. I have Wordpress thru my iPage host but haven't figured it out yet. Thanks again for your posts.
Posted by: ACR204 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2011, 2:26pm
I live in Qualicum beach and was wondering if there were any local model railway groups/forums etc. here or not or at least near me. Iam back into HO scale model railroading in a big way on my small layout. Let me know, and also if there is anyone local who can install DCC/Sound boards into models...
Posted by: joncalon Posted on: Oct 9th, 2011, 10:28pm
on Sep 25th, 2011, 1:32pm, cycledude wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Hi Jon,
Thanks for publishing photos of your progress on the new setup. You certainly do nice work. It looks well constructed. Also, congrats on using Wordpress -- it's not the easiest online software to figure out but it does a good job. I have Wordpress thru my iPage host but haven't figured it out yet. Thanks again for your posts.

 
I've done web development in my past and while I'm now quite rusty at it, can still figure my way through all the stuff needed to setup my own Wordpress site as well as wrangling my way through the CSS file to get the formatting done.  I'm not entirely happy with it, but it sure beats the hell out of doing it the old way.  Truth be told, all the photos and most of the posts are actually generated from my iPhone!
 
Also, I cannot take full credit for a lot of the layout construction.  Yes, I do help considerably, but Cam has done the majority of the fiddly bits and a lot of the track laying.  I just happen to be the financier and chief bottle washer...  and the electrician.  Most of the electric type stuff as well as the guy who builds all the turnouts and bullfrog switch "machines"...
 
As of today, I now have a small yard and three or four industry tracks laid and connected.  Once wired up, I could actually have a simple ops session.  
 
Jon
Posted by: vanislrailway Posted on: Oct 12th, 2011, 11:40pm
I just found out this weekend is the free weekend on model railroad .com for all of there normal pay to access site items.  This is great for people like me who need winter projects like me for g-scale or need plan ideas.  and no I dont work for them I just think this is a great time to grab resource ideas.  
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Dec 4th, 2011, 4:52pm
Hello all
 My Ho layout is not based on the Island. But I figured its close enough to share on here. Following the CPR surveyed route from Victoria up the island to Butte inlet, up the Homathko river to Tatla Lake, before crossing the Chilcotin plateau and on to Jasper. But following the story of so many railways in BC. The twenties were hard and construction stopped with only the Butte Inlet to Tatla Lake section built. The Coast Chilcotin Railway survives by hauling lumber products, Livestock, copper-gold ore to tide water. Fuel and other supplies are hauled in to the interior. Butte Inlet has barge connections with the PGE, E&N and the CPR in Vancouver.  
 
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151022784355515.770606.903820514&type=1&l=544b8f8f58
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Jan 25th, 2012, 11:51am
Its interesting you picked a similar idea for your layout to mine.  Love the pictures.  Thank you for the pictures.
 
A point some might find interesting.  I was looking in the Feb 2012 RMC and Rapido has an add for an engine coming in 2013.......the picture is the front of a GMD1.  The fun of having a canadian producer now.
Posted by: SRY1202 Posted on: Jan 25th, 2012, 6:04pm
on Jan 25th, 2012, 11:51am, Piglet wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Its interesting you picked a similar idea for your layout to mine.  Love the pictures.  Thank you for the pictures.
 
A point some might find interesting.  I was looking in the Feb 2012 RMC and Rapido has an add for an engine coming in 2013.......the picture is the front of a GMD1.  The fun of having a canadian producer now.

 
 
Rapido announced that they would be producing GMD1's through a youtube video.
 
http://youtu.be/a7jnQU2zetI
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Jan 30th, 2012, 3:52pm
A video, let me know if it works
 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151237721860515
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jan 30th, 2012, 4:15pm
on Jan 30th, 2012, 3:52pm, bigcreekcowboy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A video, let me know if it works
 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151237721860515

 
Yeah, it worked, though I think my wife's FB was signed in.
 
One of those boxcars looks like it's got a good lean to it.  
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Jan 30th, 2012, 4:31pm
and the car that derails on the switch  
Posted by: thehighwayman Posted on: Jan 30th, 2012, 6:31pm
on Jan 30th, 2012, 3:52pm, bigcreekcowboy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A video, let me know if it works
 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151237721860515

 
 
Nope .... put it on youtube .... I am a crusty old fart who refuses to join facebook or any other such "social" media site.
 
Thanks
Will
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Feb 9th, 2012, 2:00pm
Just got an email from Rapido trains.  They are doing all 5 versions (their words) of the GMD-1.  That is good for anyone who has the old CN lines on their modeling.  They are also for what its worth doing the NAR engine as well.
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Feb 27th, 2012, 5:26pm
Ok, think I got you tube figured out.  
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j8S07h6ykE
Posted by: KVR3005 Posted on: Apr 10th, 2012, 8:51pm
Very impressive, you model the E&N very well.on May 8th, 2007, 2:59am, CroftonSpur88 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Southbound 52 passes the Esquimalt siding on a humid June evening.The bulkhead flat has been unloaded of its bricks that were orered by Slegg Lumber. The Northbound frieght (#51) will pick it up the following morning on the way back to Nanaimo...

 
Posted by: KVR3005 Posted on: Apr 11th, 2012, 7:20pm
I like 2099 on Apr 11th, 2007, 5:37pm, blackdog wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Rail America. Shame you guys don't seem to like 2099. It was everywhere when we were over in 2000. This is a Proto2000 model with the exhaust stacks modified.

 
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Apr 15th, 2012, 10:16am
I hadn't seen anything here, today is the Nanaimo train show @ Beban park, 10-4 pm.  Not sure if we are attending, seems less than likely because I have a bunch to do around here  
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Apr 27th, 2012, 1:26pm
Having finally decided to set my N scale version of the E&N in 1979, I need to rethink some of my operating patterns from earlier in the decade.  Does anyone know if the UP barge slip and the CP Transport freight house were still receiving rail cars in 1979?
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Jul 17th, 2012, 12:36am
I have recently torn apart my tri-level E&N plan that I posted a while and started redoing it. My problem is I will likely move again in another five years and I don't want to have scrap another layout. I have therefore come up with a radical plan to make the first modular multi-level plan. The track plan is the same with a new staging level to allow continuous running. I have compressed the plan with 2 1/2 knocked off all sides to allow 2~2 framing to be built into the backside of the benchwork along with 1/2 plywood gussets and a 1/2" plywood backdrop which allows the benchwork to interlock without movement. The layout will require no walls for structural support and will be freestanding meaning I can take it apart set it up anywhere we move. It also allows me to build the layout in stages starting with the new staging level and the Port Alberni level. I can add the remaining levels as time permits. The goal is to get a train running. The first phase allows for point to point operation with twenty car trains. It also has a built in drop leaf off the Port Alberni Wye for continuous running.   The layout of the Port Alberni trackage is mostly prototypical with half the yard represented. A mirror will make the yard look larger and double ended like the prototype. I am planning on starting construction this fall on the section in this cut away 3D diagram. The Port Alberni level trackage is in red and the staging level in blue.
 
Chris
Posted by: cvrrr Posted on: Aug 15th, 2012, 12:28am
Just to let everyone know that this years model train show here in Victoria has been cancelled due to money problems . The info is from Ted Alexis who is one of the organizers of the show. cvrrr
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Dec 25th, 2012, 10:38pm
I have just gotten Trainz simulator. Has some one made the E&N route public?  
Posted by: joncalon Posted on: Dec 31st, 2012, 8:23pm
Not to the best of my knowledge.  Chris Schwann was working on a Train Simulator E&N route, had a lot done, but never got released for some unknown reason (of which I'm still hoping to find out).
 
Can't say I've heard of much effort to bring it to Trainz either.
 
Jon
Posted by: woodbutcher Posted on: Apr 11th, 2013, 7:49pm
i've started to build some things for a garden R.R. which will start as soon as I buy some property on V.I. Everything is scratch built to 1/32 or 1/35. Will have a logging show with steel spar and grapple, as well as some logging trucks and  a Euclid or two. Canfor's Englewood division in the late 50's and early 60's will be the time frame as that is when I was living there. Will try posting a couple pics.
Posted by: woodbutcher Posted on: Apr 11th, 2013, 7:51pm
try another
Posted by: woodbutcher Posted on: Apr 11th, 2013, 7:53pm
another
Posted by: woodbutcher Posted on: Apr 11th, 2013, 7:56pm
again
Posted by: woodbutcher Posted on: Apr 11th, 2013, 7:57pm
caboose
Posted by: vanislrailway Posted on: Apr 11th, 2013, 9:19pm
Dude I love it. Now you just need some speeders running the crew out and you are golden.
Posted by: woodbutcher Posted on: Apr 11th, 2013, 10:50pm
thanks, have done the drawings and have turned the wheels for a speeder but may have trouble with the power. Thought I'd make some of the married quarters and the office commisary pier at the old Englewood camp as well as the d-load, but my house is rapidly filling.
Posted by: vanislrailway Posted on: Apr 12th, 2013, 1:11am
Put the power in a tool trailer it could tow. They did also have the ability to run in tandem but then you would have to build 2, one with just the power.
Posted by: Gyralite Posted on: Apr 12th, 2013, 1:51am
Never seen trees that big on the real railroad!  
Posted by: churlish Posted on: Apr 18th, 2013, 11:53pm
Those are amazing models Woodbutcher! Your scratchbuilding skills are spectacular!
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2013, 2:10am
What does a guy do when he is burnt out with all the doom and gloom on this forum and he gone through his 120th meeting with the Director of Household Affairs to try and get some space for a real model railroad. He gives up and becomes an armchair computer nut who invents his own virtual railroad with it's own problems. I took one of my HO track plan concepts I posted a while back and expanded upon it, bringing it into a real world environment complete with towns industries and DEM terrain. I then connected it with another real isolated railway on the Sunshine Coast.  
 
Below is a map of the railroad I am working on and is located on the Sunshine Coast and has mainline run of 62 miles. The railway is CN's answer to the E&N. The railroad is completely fictional however it has it's roots in an old logging railway which ran these parts and two prototype isolated rail operations on the Sunshine Coast, one of which is still in operation at Port Mellon. It also takes advantage of the dangerous waters of the Sechelt Inlet which limits ocean vessel transport to give a reason for traffic to exist. How many bodies of ocean water have rapids and whirlpools which easily can send a vessel to the bottom. Take a look at some Youtube clips and you will see what I am referring to. I have basically taken what exists in the real world on the East side of the Sunshine Coast and thrown it on the inlet side and connected it with a rail line. A rail line which CN has chased the traffic on instead of letting it go, much like they have done on the real Lulu Island network of branch lines. Below the map are a couple of shots of my work so far which has been off and on whenever I am bitten by the model railroading bug. This route is a test bed for a real E&N route which the track is already down for and I did a post at Train-sim.com a while back. For those wondering about the physics in TS2013, I have fixed them in my own way after weeks of experimentation, they are getting to what were available in MSTS.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2013, 2:34am
South end of the Williamson Landing yard, the Wellcox of this railway.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2013, 2:37am
Yard A (Arrival), B (Departure) & C (Ferry Assembly) tracks.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2013, 2:41am
Engine terminal and carshop, influenced by E&N's Victoria shops. CN's Branchline power is a little heavier than the E&N's using SD40-2's and SD60Fs as are used on their branchlines.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2013, 2:43am
First online industry, a Canfor lumber mill which exports lumber to the mainland and generates woodchips for the Pulp Mill at Lamb Bay on the Sechelt Inlet.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2013, 2:45am
A shot of the Lamb Bay freight preparing to depart the Williamson Landing yard with 38 cars. Lamb Bay is the railway's Port Alberni.
Posted by: Dayliner Posted on: Aug 15th, 2013, 10:12pm
What a great concept, ENR3005.  I've had similar ideas, except extending the line to Squamish and perhaps finding a way to get trains to Powell River (but that would need a rail barge across Jervis Inlet).
 
For some reason, your shot of Williamson Landing reminds me of the CN ferry dock at Prince Rupert.
 
Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Posted by: Piglet Posted on: Nov 18th, 2013, 9:36pm
Just wondered if anyone had any pics of Hennie (I think the spellings right) transport trucks?    They had a great slogan "big or tinnie just call Hennie".  I am going to put one or two on the layout.  Just looking for some old island things to bring home the old feel.   thanks.
Posted by: thehighwayman Posted on: Nov 18th, 2013, 11:03pm
on Nov 18th, 2013, 9:36pm, Piglet wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Just wondered if anyone had any pics of Hennie (I think the spellings right) transport trucks?    They had a great slogan "big or tinnie just call Hennie".  I am going to put one or two on the layout.  Just looking for some old island things to bring home the old feel.   thanks.

 
 
Actually, it was Heaney ... Big Or Teeny, Just Call Heaney ...
One of their main yards was on Douglas St in Victoria.
 
Will MacKenzie
Flamborough, ON
 
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Nov 25th, 2013, 8:48pm
A update on what I have been up too. The link is supposed to work for those that don't have facebook accounts and never want one. Some might spot a CP unit going down Store Street.  
 
 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151022784355515.770606.903820514&type=1&l=030500fdd9
Posted by: Gyralite Posted on: Nov 26th, 2013, 3:20am
Did I see Capitol Iron in one of those pictures?
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Sep 7th, 2014, 10:25pm
Does anybody know how to get in touch with the guys in the Victoria & Sidney Model Railway Club?
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 11th, 2015, 11:38pm
When Rapido announced they were going to produce a ho scale GMD-1, I placed an order right away for an unnumbered unit so I could have it numbered 1070, the last CN engine to operate on Vancouver Island.  
 
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Feb 12th, 2015, 10:27pm
I like it! Is it DCC? Sound?
 
Are they making an N scale version?
 
 
Posted by: vicguy Posted on: Feb 15th, 2015, 3:31am
on Feb 12th, 2015, 10:27pm, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I like it! Is it DCC? Sound?
 
Are they making an N scale version?
 
 

 
I don't have a layout and I probably never will so I got the DC one without sound, I basically got it for a static model.  
 
I believe they did make them in N scale too
Posted by: wx732 Posted on: Feb 15th, 2015, 4:18pm
Rapido are also going to make RDC's, in HO.  
 
In other Model Railway news, the Victoria show this year (2015) is MAY 24.
 
Not September, because the ice would be in JdF before then.  We're debating how much Lego we bring, at least 11 tables again of it, probably including the 16' bridge & a 8' bridge as well.  (and perhaps more)
 
James
Posted by: CLC Fan Posted on: Nov 12th, 2015, 7:49am
Hope this isn't a repost.  Scroll down the link and check out the E&N layout.  The pic of the Dayliner crossing Niagara Canyon is pretty cool.
 
http://www.vanrail.ca/node/246
Posted by: cn2220 Posted on: Dec 15th, 2015, 2:40pm
on Feb 11th, 2015, 11:38pm, vicguy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
When Rapido announced they were going to produce a ho scale GMD-1, I placed an order right away for an unnumbered unit so I could have it numbered 1070, the last CN engine to operate on Vancouver Island.  
 

 
Rapido did a 1070.
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Mar 22nd, 2016, 1:21am
CP switching on Store Street. After four moves and much damage. I have started to reassemble my freelance HO layout based on the E&N and PGE.  
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 22nd, 2016, 1:26am
neat stuff.   Which spur is that?
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2016, 2:31am
its a 8 foot module that is only based on Victoria's Store street. The track enters over a drawbridge and then curves on to Store Street, serving several industries before ending at a team track and freight house at the far end.
Posted by: torch Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2016, 9:50am
No, im very aware of that.  I grew up in Victoria in the 70s and 80s,watching CP switch store street and Albion yard in person.  I was asking which particular spur on store street that the spur in the  photo represented. Garden city? swift meats?  It looks like it would have been one of those two. It looks cool. thanks.
Posted by: bigcreekcowboy Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2016, 3:16pm
Based on swift meats, and here we have the diamond in Store street serving a  relocated warehouse.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: Dec 11th, 2016, 10:22pm
A winter shot from my E&N based railway on the Sunshine Coast. A little smaller at about a 101 miles and free of the political stuff of the E&N.
Posted by: ENR3005 Posted on: May 24th, 2017, 11:09pm
Neat prototypical HO E&N layout.
 
http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/29906
Posted by: churlish Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2017, 5:57pm
Like others in this thread, I've been inspired to do a model of the E&N's Albion yard and Store Street. I'm doing a thread at Model Railroad Hobbyist about my attempt to build an HO-scale shelf layout version here: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30619.
 
My track plan is below. As you can see, I made some modifications to make it a shelf layout.  
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Jul 30th, 2017, 2:17pm
That's great! Can't wait to see more.
 
EDIT: How would one 'stumble across' your thread on MRH? I figured it would be in the discussion forums under 'dream and design', but it's actually in a blog area...I'm not up to speed on navigating the blogs...
Posted by: churlish Posted on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 10:00pm
on Jul 30th, 2017, 2:17pm, MinionII wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That's great! Can't wait to see more.
 
EDIT: How would one 'stumble across' your thread on MRH? I figured it would be in the discussion forums under 'dream and design', but it's actually in a blog area...I'm not up to speed on navigating the blogs...

 
I have no idea how to stumble across it! I'll see about adding it to dreams and designs. I'm not up to speed on their structure either.
Posted by: MinionII Posted on: Aug 9th, 2017, 4:59pm
on Aug 3rd, 2017, 10:00pm, churlish wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I have no idea how to stumble across it! I'll see about adding it to dreams and designs. I'm not up to speed on their structure either.

 
It looks like the blog area functions the same as the discussion forums, you just click on blogs instead of discussion forums. And if you click on recent posts, it displays both blog posts and forum posts. All good!
 
I'm looking forward to seeing more!
Posted by: churlish Posted on: Sep 17th, 2017, 12:49am
A photo of my scratchbuilt Albion shed model for my Store Street switching layout. It's not exact but I think it captures the feel.  
There's more here: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30619
Posted by: CroftonSpur88 Posted on: Sep 18th, 2017, 8:34pm
That's a beauty!
Posted by: Dennis Dalla-Vicenza Posted on: Oct 21st, 2017, 2:33pm
on Sep 17th, 2017, 12:49am, churlish wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A photo of my scratchbuilt Albion shed model for my Store Street switching layout. It's not exact but I think it captures the feel.  
There's more here: http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30619
Nice work.