The Wabash Railroad
in Southern Ontario, circa 1951
ABOUT MY RAILROAD...
Until the Autumn of 2008 I was building a layout based on the Canadian National Railway’s branch line hub in Palmerston, Ontario. Then, I had the opportunity to visit Bill Darnaby’s well-known HO scale model railroad, The Maumee Route. The experience had a profound effect on me and caused me to rethink everything I was attempting to do in my train room. After some careful thinking about options for the space, I settled upon modeling something that was in my own backyard. The Wabash Railroad had a significant operation across Southern Ontario that just begs to be modeled. The Buffalo Division was primarily a single-track bridge line established to reduce shipping times between Buffalo, New York, and Detroit, Michigan.
I am building a double-decked layout featuring selected towns and signature scenes on the Wabash Railroad’s 240-mile Buffalo Division. My layout models the segment between Aylmer and Cayuga, Ontario. This 60-mile stretch of the Wabash includes a number of online customers typical of small-town Ontario, as well as a section of the mainline shared with the Canadian National Railways’s Hagersville Sub. Since I am modeling 1951 it will be neat to see the little CNR 2-6-0s sharing the rails with the paired F7A units used on the Wabash Red Ball freights. I’ll be posting regular updates and photos of my progress on this blog.
Yesterday I was handed another pattern for an upcoming kit. And I'm super excited. This ACL O-16-B has been in the works for awhile now. And I'm so pleased to finally have the body master in hand. The sides, and ends were all developed in Solidworks and then printed in high resolution 3D printer. The 2nd kit for us developed this way. The kit will include everything that you've come to expect from Yarmouth Model Works. Laser cut running boards, photo etched ladders, rungs and other detail parts, custom decals from Black Cat Publishing and Tahoe Model Works trucks. This kit should be available for sale in a few months. Watch the blog and the website for release annoucements.