Tom Badenoch's North Pontiac Railway

(HO Scale Railroading)


Tom's layout depicts a branch line operation serving several primary industries: mining, lumbering and quarrying. An urban/industrial area now in the early stages of development will be the focus of the branch, with a staging area/fiddle yard serving as the far north end of the branch. The branchline is opeartional, hardshell scenery depicting the rugged Pontiac countryside is in place and structures for many of the industries and the supporting infrastructure have appeared.
Tom's layout started out as a simple but solid trackplan on a 4 x 8 table, as time went on and both Tom's skills and interests grew, so did the layout, expanding from it's solid foundation in several stages. Along the way operation, scenery, structures and rolling stock have all developed to where they stand now.
This is a good example of a layout which has evolved logically and progressively as the interests and abilities of the owner have expanded with time.

Scale: HO
Size: 12ft x 12ft finished, 8 x 8 under construction
Prototype: CN influenced freelance
Locale: Pontiac region - rocky and desolate area immediately north west of Ottawa
Period: Early 1960's
Layout Style: Single Level.
Layout Height: 36 inches rising as section are added and the owner ages.
Benchwork: L-girder.
Roadbed: Cork on plywood
Track: Mostly Shinohara Code 70, some Atlas Code 100.
Turnouts: Number 4
Minimum Radius: 18 inches
Length Of Mainline: 60 feet
Scenery: Hardshell.
Backdrop: Drywall.
Power System: Digitrax DCC
Operations: Ad Hoc.
Typical Operating Crew: 1 to 3


Here is Tom beside the layout.

Tom has scratch built the majority of the structures on the layout. These silos are based on standard plastic drain pipe found in your local hardware store.


This scratch built mineis reflective of Tom's workmanship.

This panel handles the reverse loops on Tom's layout. With Digitrax DCC and products like this on the market, wiring a layout like this is a snap.


Tom fashioned this Rotary Switch for one of the hidden staging yards where space is very scarce. The Switch rotates on a pivot point at the right hand end. The toggle bolt locks it in place for each track during operation.

Here is another piece of engineering genius. Tom has created a Transfer table with regular drawer slides that services the tail end of the other staging yard.



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This page was last updated on May 2002.

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