These photos of the rural neighbourhood on the eastern side of Waterville, Carleton County show the considerable effect of the Carleton Railway's mainline re-alignment on the residents there. By digging through the rock to make room for the mainline, the neighbourhood was cut in half by the railway. However, a small wooden bridge serves to connect the homes on the two sides of the track. The photos below give some sense of the area. Even though these folks are farmers, they also tend good-sized vegetable gardens near their homes (just as most folks did in the real Waterville, NB when I lived there in the 1980s).
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Friday, January 3, 2020
Although it perpetually remains 1965 on the Carleton Railway, a new year in the real world means setting new goals and priorities for the layout. Since the open house and first operating session om the expanded layout in October, I have been concentrating on maintenance (track cleaning, locomotive wheel cleaning, soldering and filing, coupler spring replacement, etc.). With a larger layout, there is more maintenance to do. My goal is to be ready for regular, scheduled operating sessions in 2020, which means completing some projects first (staging tracks at the east end, some wiring updates, and possibly even a dispatcher position).
Monday, September 2, 2019
The Carleton Railway will be celebrating the "grand opening" of the newly expanded layout on Friday evening and on Saturday, October 4 and 5. Model Railroad fans are invited to see what has been accomplished since the layout room was expanded in 2017 and an additional 160 feet of main line was added to the railway. Come on Friday evening (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.) or on Saturday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to tour the layout, to learn about shipping potatoes by rail in the 1960s, or to participate in an operating session on Saturday afternoon. More details will be posted by mid-September.
This recent photo shows the west end of the small rural community of Rosedale,
part of a new section of the layout.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Meanwhile, far to the west in Rosedale, local folks seem to be taking their new passenger station in stride. The new and long passing siding here will make life much easier for both passenger and freight train crews.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Once again, a great group of workers arrived last night to finish up the wiring for the expanded Carleton Railway. Seven SJSMR club members did a lot of soldering while I installed the new circuit breakers and the new NCE power booster. By the end of the evening, all tracks in the new area were live and the first train travelled from Silverdale to Waterville. Thanks guys!
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Sincere thanks to the eight SJSMR members who showed up in my basement to solder the wiring for the layout expansion. I am getting anxious to see trains running again, and having the help of so many friends was a major encouragement! Having eight people do more than two hours work equals about a month that it would have taken me. And it was a lot of fun too.