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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:33:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Nova Scotia Railway ( Sydport Industrial Park )

This was another attempt from August of 2018 to design a layout based on a small industrial park that is about 40 minutes away from my home. The original plan was to use 1x6-foot board with an Inglenook design, but I expanded that a few times and ended up with the 1x12-foot board used for this design.

The design was based on the Sydport Industrial Park (I included a map of the location in the photos) and the tracks were owned by Canadian National up until 1993, when it was sold to RailTex, and soon became part the 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, all trackage on Cape Breton Island is no longer in use, but is still in place awaiting possible abandonment.)

Map of the Industrial Park:

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There were a few rail served customers in the industrial park, and I place 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.

Track Plan:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Theme: Industrial Park / District, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway


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