Shadetree and Nepean Railway


Photos of Don Leger's HO scale Shadetree and Nepean Railway.

Scale: HO
Size: 10ft x 16ft ??
Prototype: Ontario L'Orignal Railway and CN interchange.??
Locale: Eastern Ontraio
Period: Late 90's. ??
Layout Style: Single level folded over dog bone with branch line and interchanges.
Layout Height: 48 to 52 inches ??
Benchwork: L girder.
Roadbed: Cork and homasote on plywood subroadbed.
Track: Peco code 100 flextrack.
Turnouts: Peco Number 4 & 6.
Minimum Radius: 24 inch
Length Of Mainline: 40 visible + 10 staging. ??
Scenery: Plaster gauze hardshell.
Backdrop: Sky paint on 1/8 inch hardboard.
Power System: DCC North Coast Engineering control.
Operations: Switch lists.??
Typical Operating Crew: 4 to 6 (two man crews)


Layout Room Preparation

The first task with building a permanent model railraod is the room preparation.
Model railroads function best in a clean dust free environment that is properly climate controled to minimize the effect of temperature and humidity on the construction materials.
In Don's case, we had to frame in an outside wall and add drywall in the upper half for the back drop.


Bob is cutting the 2x4 studs for the wall. These were placed on 16" centres.

The wall was built in sections flat on the floor then lifted into position and nailed into the upper floor joists and concrete nailed into the floor.

Here is the first wall section in place. The electrical outlet will be mounted to the side of the stud.

Micheal is busy wiring up the electrical outlets in the new wall.

The drywall has been added on the top half of the wall and painted sky blue.
The first "L" girder is screwed to the studs thus making for a very stable bench.


Bench Work

Due to the free flowing design of the layout, and that it will be permanent, we chose to use the "L" girder bench design method. This design goes together quickly and is very flexible in accomadating changes later on.


The most imporatnt tool for building bench work, is a large collection of clamps! Here we have clamped some legs to the front "L" girder and a couple of joists which tie it to the wall mounted "L" girder. Th ebench will run along the wall with an island reaching out to the floor area and wraps around the jack pole there.

A couple of hours later, the "L" girders are screwed in place and addtional joists are installed. The layout is starting to take shape. We've now reached the jack pole on the right with the bench work to be built around it. The steel pole will help to stablize the island also.

After the joists are in place , the next step is to cut out the plywood for the road bed. Here Don (the owner) is helping out.

The plywood subroad bed is now in place along the wall section.

Don is busy working out the road bed details as the track sweeps around to the island.

Now you can see how the track will circle the jack pole on the island and the various elevations are apparent.


Track Laying

We used cork roadbed on the main lines which was glued down with contact cement. Here Micheal is installing portions of the level crossing.

The Peco flex track and turnouts were laid on top of the cork roadbed.

In this view we can see where the main line passes under the main yard.


For the yards, we laid the track straight onto homasote.

Look down the length of the rack to ensure you have all the kinks removed.

The main line swings to the left past the main yard and heads down grade as it circles around and goes under on the right side.

The mainline subroadbed transitions from cork to homasote in the yards. Proper shimming is required to ensure this is a smooth transition.

How's this for straight track work?

The cardboard mock up is for the future train station.

Bob and Don install some cardboard edging on the right-of-way to prevent wayward cars front bouncing off the concrete floor.

Isn't it great to see the railroad comming together with the help of friends?

Grant busy at work.


Photos from the Nov 2004 Open House
















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