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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 8:00:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Nova Scotia Railway ( Sydport Industrial Park )

Back in August of 2018, I was looking at building a small HO layout for myself based on an Inglenook design that would keep me occupied switching a few cars around. The layout was only 1' x 6' and would use a hollow core door as the base sitting on a few metal shelf brackets. I planned to put the layout in my spare room, but that changed. (For those that are wondering, I haven't scrapped my On30 project, but that is going to have to take a back seat until after I retire, I am just itching to get something started.)

The design was based on the Sydport Industrial Park (I included a map of the location in the photos), which is about 40 minutes away from my home. The tracks were owned by Canadian National up until 1993, when it was sold to RailTex, and became part their Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (CBNS). RailTex and the railway were bought by RailAmerica in 2000, and then at the end of 2012, RailAmerica and the railway were bought by the current owners, Genesee & Wyoming. (Right now, most of the CBNS track on Cape Breton Island is no longer in use, but is still in place awaiting possible abandonment.)

Map of the Sydport Industrial Park:

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All track, and some detail parts had been ordered, and I also purchased a Rapido GMD SW1200RS with DCC and onboard sound. It is in Canadian National paint (CN #1350) but I plan to eventually paint it for my fictional Nova Scotia Railway. A friend of mine had also sent me a few extra pulpwood racks from his inventory, and I ordered some additional rolling stock to fill out the roster.

There were a few rail served customers in the small industrial park, and I was able to squeeze all of them into the layout. The listed included Can-Wel Building Materials, Polysteel Atlantic Limited / East Coast Rope Limited which make synthetic rope, and Trans-Atlantic Preforms Ltd. which makes plastic bottles.

There was also a team track, and in the past a local company (McKinnon's Harbour Pulpwood) used the track to off load pulpwood headed for Sweden. It was only a short-lived operation, but I resurrected it for the layout. The last company is East Coast Metal Fabrication (manufactures structural steel products) which had tracks on their property, but I don't think they ever used them, but they do on my version. (IIRC, a company that produced automobile components was there at one time.)

Track Plan:

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Overall 3D Renderings:

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Close-Up 3D Renderings:

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TAGS: Design Feature: 2 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Design Feature: Inglenook, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Theme: Switching Operations, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway


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