Earlier, I posted photos and a link to a video of the Thompson River Canyon N scale layout in
Australia. Here’s another Great Canadian Model Railroad down under—Andreas Keller’s HO
scale CN Fergus Subdivision.
Andreas, who is originally from
Canada, models both Canadian and
Australian prototypes. His CN Fergus Subdivision layout models that
southwestern Ontario area between Guelph and Cambridge in the 1980s.
He had previously modeled this area while living in
Canada, building a layout that featured CN’s secondary mainline through the area. After moving to Australia, he had less room
for a layout, so elected to model branch line operations instead.
By the 1980s only 14 miles of the Fergus Sub. was left in operation. He decided to model four scenes in three sections, discarding, as he says, “the boring bits in between.” With limited room, he decided on a three-level shadow box-style point-to-point layout.
The three 14-foot long section s are connected by a helix in a nearby storage area. The result is 42 linear feet of layout in a 2 foot by 14 foot footprint.
Andreas has come up with a creative way to pack a lot of model railroad into a small space--and done some excellent modelling, as well. Perhaps it will inspire others seeking ways to build their dream layout, despite having very little room.