In planning our model railways, we’re often faced with trying to represent the size of real railroading into the smaller spaces within our homes. Often we are selectively compressing buildings to force fit them into scenes, or deconstructing industries in a way that allows us to fit in the segments that will work best with our anticipated operating schemes. It’s always a little thrilling when you can discover a prototype location that actually works in a typical model railway area:
I had Bing’s aerial views open and was happily tracing along the route of the Essex Terminal Railroad when I discovered this small four track yard in Windsor, Ontario. It’s designed for loading automobiles into railcars. Just look at it’s small area and imagine how easily it could be adapted, without compression, into a typical home layout:
A quick estimate using Bing’s ruler shows this yard is about four hundred feet long. It’s four tracks wide and the actual ramps to load automobiles onto rail cars are equally tailored into a tight corner. It would be terrifically easy to fit this into a FREMO module or even somewhere on the home layout. Over the past few years, we’ve been blessed with some great models of the railcars used to transport cars and trucks. I’m not sure if this is a type of railroading that I could actually model here, but it sure is neat to see an example that fits so well into a limited area.
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