Clubhouse Layout

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Brad Lebeck was given the task of producing the basic design of the new permanent layout. The area available was delineated by the need for an emergency egress from the clubhouse, five posts that support the roof and it's heavy snow load and space for us to work on at least two exhibition layout modules. Brad took a poll from the members of what they'd like to see in the new layout and he's done a super job incorporating these 'asks' into the design.

With these parameters in mind, Brad developed this plan, which was unanimously accepted by the members.

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Proposed Clubhouse Layout

For clarity, the main line is shown more heavily shaded. Trains start in Allandale, a suburb of Barrie, and run out of sight behind the low-relief scenery in Collingwood to emerge just before Stayner (bottom-left corner). From Stayner they progress to Collingwood. In Collingwood cars can be sent to the grain silos on the edge of Collingwood harbour or to the shipyards and associated industries on the other side of town. Because of design and space restrictions, Brad was forced to place the grain silo tracks facing the wrong way - in reality, trains coming from Stayner could steam straight in and trains from Thornbury had to back in.

About halfway between Collingwood and Thornbury is Craigleith, where the original station still stands. You can be sure the lilac bushes by the station will be in full bloom 24/365. The remains of probably our most famous shipwreck, the "Mary Ward" will be visible through the clear waters of Nottawasaga Bay. You can read more about the Mary Ward here.

Next stop is Thornbury.

Westbound out of Thornbury, trains cross the Beaver River on a trestle bridge and again pass out of sight behind the low-relief buildings of Collingwood but this time they're on track to the helix. The helix has four loops and raises the track 16". When exiting the helix they travel in full view along the back of the layout to Meaford, which is situated above Allandale, and is the end of our our point-to-point operation.

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Meaford Track Plan
Upper Level Plan at Meaford

The main line run, Allandale to Meaford, is about 310' long, or 5 scale miles, so a non-stop freight running at 40mph will take about seven-and-a-half minutes to get from one end of the track to the other.

If we want to run a continuous loop, such as when we have a number of visitors and can't watch our trains 100% of the time, we'll simply keep them on the lower level and run them from Stayner, through Collingwood, Craigleith and Thornbury then behind the Collingwood scenery and back to Stayner.

May 2017 - All of the track is installed except for the three turntables - in Allandale, Collingwood and Meaford - and their approaches. These pictures show the grain elevator tracks, with the 730 foot 'Black Bay' laker unloading. Bill Hanke has chased the 'Black Bay' into the plywood that will, eventually, be part of Nottawasaga May. The 'water' will be applied in due course.

Black Bay Black Bay Elevator Tracks