2011 NMRA National Convention
July 3 to 9, 2011 - Sacramento, California
The Unconventional Convention

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Agassiz Basin Railway
Charlie Bedard Saratoga
HO standard guage Freelanced based upon CN prototype practices
Scenery: 0% 16' x 24' ~225 feet
Twice around the walls walk-around with peninsula; swing gate en Single track ABS, single dispatcher using TT&TO (for now) Digitrax DCC
No hazards 1959 Western Manitoba from Brandon north to Thompson
The Agassiz Basin is a proto freelanced bridge railroad in HO scale based upon Canadian National practices of the late 1950's at the very end of the steam era. It is set in summer 1959 when the last steam engines ran in Western Canada. I grew up watching the last of the steam locomotives as I walked to and from school and wanted to capture that memory in model form.

The layout room is 16x24 in my (rare for California) basement. It is a twice around the room design where the track passes through each scene twice. Once as a focal scene and a second time as background or mostly hidden trackage. The "twice around" design allows lots of running time between towns and a mainline of about 225' point to point. There are 2 staging yards. One represents North/South (Winnipeg/Thompson) off layout traffic and the other East/West (Swan River/Saskatoon). Operations is my main interest and the layout is intended to run according to the practices of the late 50's in Canada which is Time Table and Train Orders.

The layout is still very early in its construction. I used CAD to design both the layout and the benchwork. The benchwork is complete and is all made out of 3/4" birch plywood ripped to dimensional sizes. Both staging yards are on "sliders" that allow me to lower the yards 18" down for maintenance or repairs. Track laying has begun and trains are beginning to roll ;-). The layout is controlled using Digitrax DCC.

If you are looking for a beautifully scenicked, fully operating railroad, this is not your place to stop! But if you are interested in the design approach I used, the unusual staging yard design, or other aspects of construction or design, I'd enjoy sharing my experiences with you!

SAL02 On the way to the Bay (self-guided) Friday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SAL11 Southwest Bay (self-guided) Saturday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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