"The Northland Route" HO Scale Layout

“The Northland Route” HO Scale Layout

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Here are some photos from a great Canadian Model Railroad named”Northland ” developed by Arnold Walker. This HO scale layout  fills a 16 by 40 foot room in Arnold’s basement, features generic western Canadian scenery—mountains, prairies and an urban area. He started it 1991; the mainline was completed in 1992 and the basic scenery was done a year later.

"The Northland Route" HO Scale Layout

The track plan is a 200-foot double-track mainline in the shape of a dog bone. A total of 11 staging tracks supply trains for the layout; each track can hold two locomotives and 20 cars. Trains are powered by DCC.
"The Northland Route" HO Scale Layout
A special feature of the Northland Route are its bridges—eight of them, altogether, either kitbashed or scratchbuilt, including a working bascule lift bridge. The longest is about six feet long.
"The Northland Route" HO Scale Layout
Another feature is BC Rail coal operations, modeled after that former railway’s electric operations at Tumbler Ridge, B.C. The Northland Route contains a 120-foot long point-to-point electrified section of track from a coal load out to an interchange.
"The Northland Route" HO Scale Layout
The locomotive shops area is another highlight, featuring a turntable, transfer table and diesel shop that is open on the aisle side so visitors can look inside.
"The Northland Route" HO Scale Layout
Other highlights are the large grain terminal and oil refinery; the size of the refinery is doubled by Arnold’s use of a mirror.
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