An S scale study of a Canadian National Railways branch in Southern Ontario – in its twilight years…
The Canadian National Railways Simcoe Subdivision in Southern Ontario is the subject of Port Rowan in 1:64 – the model railway I built in my basement between October 2011 and August 2020. Specifically, I was modelling two towns – the end of the line at Port Rowan, and the next town up the line, St. Williams. The layout was built in S scale, and my focus was the early-mid 1950s.
If this is your first encounter with Port Rowan, here are some links to early posts that explain what I was doing:
- Breaking Marley’s Chains
- Why Port Rowan?
- Why S Scale?
- Why The Canadian National?
- How about a layout plan?
In 2020, my wife and I decided for various reasons that we needed to move from southern Ontario to the Canadian Prairies. The Port Rowan layout came down at the end of August.
Port Rowan was the most complete layout I have built. At a guess, I’d say it was 85%-90% complete. The most obvious unfinished project was the Port Rowan station itself. In addition, there were a few background structures to build, a bunch of details to add, and several vignettes to fabricate. I learned many terrific lessons from Port Rowan that I will apply to my next project.
Here are some photos of the layout in its final form: