Playing on the upper deck

So I had to move this freight from the upper to lower, which was really fun! Extra 710 North rolls through the curves near Alzouetta BC.BCR 710 NORTH AT AZOUETTA BC

On to Dawson Creek!

Now that Chetwynd has track, I can start on the branch to Dawson Creek!

So far I’ve only gotten as far as the first curve, but its a start!


I’ve now laid track on the curve, which is my first use of Rapido Bendy Track.

Trackwork in Chetwynd

I’ve been going somewhat crazy not being able to remove a lot of my freight cars from their boxes, so what better time than to build a yard! 90% or so of the track in Chetwynd is now in and wired up, I still have to run tracks for the diesel service and a few industries, but now I have a place to park a train!

North End of yard:


South end:


Roadbed in Chetwynd

Yesterday I finished laying down the cork roadbed for Chetwynd yard.

South end of the yard:


The long track in the foreground leads to the Canfor mill, the stub track will be the Esso spur.

Mid point of yard, diesel servicing tracks and TOFC track in foreground.


The track in the background that runs through the backdrop represents the line from Chetwynd north to Ft St John. On the layout, FSJ will be a 4 track staging yard under a section of the lower level benchwork. The hole in the backdrop will be hidden by the Chetwynd station.


And the north end of the yard. The tracks running behind the camera will be the line to Dawson Creek.


Summer Update

Now that our yard is finished, I can head back to the basement and get back to work on the layout! Here’s a shot of the curve on the upper level. The trackage on the left side of the wall is Pinesul, and on the right will be Azouetta, the location of a short rock tunnel


I’ve continued along with the upper deck benchwork and track, and have reached the location of Kennedy. On the prototype, Kennedy was where the Mackenzie Sub (branch line ot Mackenzie BC) met the Chetwynd Sub. I’ve built a short passing siding, as well as 2 legs of a wye that will be non functional due to space limitations. The dead end legs of the wye will be hidden by scenery. I plan to have road freights set out and lift bulkhead flats of lumber at Kennedy, to represent traffic on the Mackenzie Sub



South end of Kennedy with one leg of the dummy wye in the background


And since I really want to run a few trains, I started on the benchwork and the rough layout of Chetwynd

Chetwynd benchwork

Yard lead on the south end of Chetwynd:

Yard throat rough

Next up will be to pull wire for the lower deck lighting, add backdrops to Chetwynd, and continue the benchwork for the yard.

Retreating to the basement…

Because it was nut sack sweat hot out today, I figured spending some quality time in the basement would be better than in a humid garage. Although summer in these parts is short (2 months of good weather sometimes) I just don’t like doing much outside when its 30 degrees C with no wind. A couple days ago I painted all the backdrop that I had installed on the layout with a base shade of blue. After spending lots of time masking track and working in very awkward positions, I decided there has to be a better way to do things. So, today I pre painted an 8 foot section of hardboard before installing it on the layout. Much easier! So here’s a shot of said piece after the second coat of paint, and an overview shot of the sections I painted before. The blue looks better in person than in the photos, and it made a big difference in brightening up the room!

blue backdrop flat blue backdrop overview

That’s all I’ve done in the last month or so, been too busy landscaping our yard to do much modelling!

Pinesul in Detail

So here’s Pinesul explained a little more. The prototype location featured a sulphur load out where empty gons were loaded with bulk sulphur and shipped south to other markets.

Prototype from North end:


As built on layout from North end:

Pinesul middle

The loading structure which I plan on kitbashing from some Walthers kits (the Glacier Gravel kit comes to mind)


South end of Pinesul on the layout, the hoppers are spotted where the loading complex will be

Pinesul south complete

Overview with the south switch Pinesul at the bottom of the image. The track where the hoppers are spotted will have a car puller (winch) that allowed the loading staff to pull empties through the loader.

Pinesul south switch

Next up will be building the mainline to Kennedy!