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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 8:46:56 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company (Havenside)

As you probably know, I have a very avid interest in the two-footers of Maine. In fact, I have plans to base my On30-scale layout on look and feeling of those lines. One of the most appealing prototype scenes to me is the waterfront in Wiscasset (ME) on the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington RR (WW&F). Through the year, photos of the old wharves with schooners in the harbour, left a long-lasting impression on me.

My On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company will feature a waterfront scene in the dockside hamlet of Havenside on Lousibourg (French spelling) Habour where coal is exported, and lumber imported. Although I had settled on a design for the location a few years ago, I can't help but tweak the design when new ideas pop into my overactive imagination.

That's exactly where I was back in March of the year; fiddling around with a new design for the waterfront scene at Havenside. I was hoping to include a few schooners in the scene which was lacking in my previous attempts. The space allotted for the scene was 2'6" x 12'6" and I had a lot to squeeze in considering this is O-scale modeling.

So, this is the design I came up with that allowed enough room around the wharf to include two small schooners. And yes, I do know that the schooners shouldn't be in full sail at port side, but I couldn't resist.

One note on my motive power shown: the Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co used double-ended, (and double-boilered) Fairlie Patent locomotives which were built by Avonside of Bristol in the early 1870s. Although they look small, the line's engineer at the time noted that they we actually too powerful for the railway.

Track Plan:

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Overall view of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, Types of Industries: Wharves

User Comments:

Posted by PeteL on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:26:59 AM.

I really like this compact scene and the theme! If this were to be sized for HOe what would be the rough dimensions?

I know I could use the footprint given for this one but would it be smaller if scaled down to HOe?

Posted by Robert Chant on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:36:52 PM.

This would come out to about 1'4" by 6'10" when converted from O scale to HO scale.

Posted by PeterL on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:56:40 AM.

Thank you. I’ve never wanted to so badly model schooners before! And anything with Farlies is awesome!

Posted by Rob Chant on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 8:55:04 PM.

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