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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 7:31:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Ry (New Glasgow)

Back in September of 2019, I wanted to offer a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group my ideas for his planned HO-scale Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Ry (CBNS). The layout was to be L-shaped and would occupy a space 73" by 118" on shelves no more than 18" wide. I offered my rough draft, and suggested that he fill in the details as he saw fit. The layout owner was thinking about modeling Port Hawkesbury (located on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia) but was having trouble with his visions for the layout.

If I was building a layout in the space, I would settle on the area around Stellarton/New Glasgow which is located on mainland Nova Scotia. The area had a few heavy industries over the years to model (pulp & paper mill, power plant, railcar manufacturing, steel and foundry company). Of course these big industries would have to be compressed a great deal to fit in such a small space, but compromise is always part of layout design.

On this version of the layout, I opted to include New Glasgow with a short branch down to Trenton. New Glasgow was home to the Maritime Steel & Foundry Ltd which occupied a few acres of land along the banks of the East River. However, I had to relocate the plant to the opposite side of the tracks so it could be represented with flats against the wall. I also included a team/transload track for a bit more variety, and an extra storage track that will serve as staging for the layout.

Trenton was home to TrentonWorks, which built railcars under various ownerships through the years (the plant built 63,500 freight cars since it opened in 1913). The facility actually had its own in-plant switchers (several GE 45-ton industrial locomotives), but I would let the CBNS handle those duties on the layout in my very reduced version of the plant. Switching for the plant would be mostly the inbound materials needed to build railcars, but the layout owner could also introduce newly build and painted railcars by hand at the plant, if he so wished.

For the limited space, the two big industries should offer enough switching chores to keep a crew busy for almost an hour. I think this would make a nice small layout, with both operating potential, and visual appeal of heavy industry.

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TAGS: Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Ry


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