Sunday, October 27, 2019

Behind the Scenes at the St. Jacobs and Aberfoyle Model Railway

It’s been seven years since I first saw the Aberfoyle Junction O scale layout—one of Canada’s finest layouts.

Back then, it was still located at its original and long-time location near Guelph, Ont.

Now called the St. Jacobs and Aberfoyle Model Railway, it is located in nearby St. Jacobs, Ont., its home since 2013.

I was able to visit the layout again this month; once again, I was overwhelmed. There are simply not enough words to describe how magnificent it is.

This time around, a volunteer generously offered to let me see behind the scenes. I got to go behind the layout to see the staging yards, and also up into the control booth located on the second floor above the trains.

Engineers control the trains from their perch on the DC block-controlled layout—something that is only possible with the use of cameras so they can keep an eye on the staging yards, switches and magnets for uncoupling.

In addition to the behind-the-scenes photos, I took many other pictures. I’ll post them over the next couple of posts.

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