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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:16:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Canadian National (Sydney Subdivision)

Back in 2014 I was considering a HO-scale layout based on Canadian National's Sydney Subdivision in the 1980s. I had been a rail fan of the trains running on the east end of the subdivision, and came to know the area first hand. At the time I was having a very hard time squeezing everything into my 10'10" by 12'6" dining room, since I knew the area too well.

Looking back, I now realize that I was just getting frustrated because I wanted to include too much in the space. My wish list included running some mainline freight trains, along with the local trains serving the various small industries from the yard at Sydney to the industrial park at Sydport. Trying to squeeze in Sydney yard was the hardest part, and also trying to find room for staging that would represent the unmodeled west end of the sub.

As I recently made my way through my old files, I found this design and took another look at it. It was easy to see everything I wanted wasn't going to fit, so I had to whittle down my wish list. Over the years my attitude has changed a bit, and I knew that I would be happy focusing on local switching, and foregoing both the Sydney yard, and the mainline freights. Once that decision was made, everything fell into place very nicely, and it became a matter of just eliminating track until I had a minimalist version of my original design.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Theme: Switching Operations, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry

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