Capreol Model Railroad

Discussion in 'Modular Layout Forum' started by stripes, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. stripes

    stripes Member

    The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & The Roundhouse (Home) have joined forces to create an educational module layout that will be brought to schools and malls to promote The town of Capreol & Railroad history.
    This layout will never be expanded or grouped with any clubs layout at shows so we are free to build as our finances allow and to our own specs.
    Your input and ideas are welcome. The layout will be HO Scale because we have already had over $700.00 in rolling stock and Locomotives in HO donated to the project. Today we will be picking up the material to build these modules as it was donated by a local lumber yard (Tim-BR Mart)
    I will keep you updated as we move forward.

    This is what we have planned so far.

    #1 To simulate what we can fit of the Capreol yard:


    #2 This is the overall dimensions of the finished modules:


    #3 This is how each module will be built:


    I will post more soon!

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi David,

    Looks like you've been to visit railwaybob's site...! He's got some great tips and methods for building modules. They are remarkably strong and lightweight.

    My one comment would (currently) be on the proposed 6x8 "donut" shaped sectional plan. I don't know if you've been working on a track plan, but I don't think that the shape will lend itself very well to a reasonable interpretation of the actual yard at Capreol. If your primary goal is to capture the yard as it was historically (what year, btw?), a linear layout would be more suitable.

    However, if you will be limited to the standard 10x10 or 12x12 space commonly allocated in malls (not sure about schools) and continuous running is a requirement, then the donut makes more sense.

    But on the point of continuous running, I don't believe it is necessary to generate interest. And if historical accuracy and education is a goal, then people (students, public, whatever) should realize that trains don't run in circles.

    My $0.02 for now... ;) Good luck and keep us up to date!

  3. stripes

    stripes Member


    We are starting on the track plan now. The historical accuracy is not that important, just a small representation of the yard and town with lots of
    scenery and action for kids. We are fortunate that Nickel Belt Rails Publishing company will be putting together a magazine for us to hand out when we are on tour. Thats where the details will be.

    Oh, and it will be transition era.

  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    You said:
    but previously you said:
    I think that a more representative layout would better serve the kids (and all residents) in their understanding of their town's history and the importance of the railway.

    There is still lots of action in a yard; this however assumes that someone will be on hand to operate the layout while on display. A yard with ends that disappear would lead to questions like "where does that track go?", and will open up additional discussion about the purpose of railways, and their connections to other places in the province, or country (remember, CNR "Serves All Canada" ;).

    As always, this is just me thinking out loud, and the value is still $0.02. ;)

  5. stripes

    stripes Member

    Ok, maybe I am not explaining myself well! Not unusual!!
    We are limited in space and resourses so the layout will be a small likeness of the Town and yard. The buildings will be made acurately for the era and we will try to have Capreol on one end and Foleyet (Ruil Subdivision on the other end) There will always be people on hand with the layout, some will be strictly operations and set up, There will also be retired railroaders and teachers that will be explaining the history and educational portion of the display. When accompanied by a professionaly designed and written magazine, we felt like the kids would come away with not only an understanding of the town and its railroad history, but would also then be offered the opportunity to enjoy a class trip to the museum and Prescott park which has not only the 6077 Mountain class locomotive but many other exhibits.
    Here is the addy for the museum: Northern Ontario Railroad Museum: Welcome

    I guess what I am trying to say is that the layout is what we hope will get their attention, and the rest will be learned????
  6. stripes

    stripes Member

    Benchwork done!

    Well with donations and help we have finished the benchwork for the 4
    moduals. The City of Sudbury has givin us a nice clean room for a few months to work on the layout!


    More to follow!
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    That's some nice looking benchwork! :thumb: :thumb:


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