This blog documents the fun, frank frustrating, fanciful, and freaky construction of my N scale representation of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Kootenay division from Creston to Midway, BC. It is mostly for heavy, long posts full of information, for tidbits I post to this tumblr: http://kootenaydivision.tumblr.com/

The N scale Kootenay Division is a 14×23′ 2-deck layout with a mainline run of 211 feet (6 miles) not including helixes and staging. It represents a prototype run of 196 miles. Included are the major towns of Creston, Nelson, Castlegar, Grand Forks, and Midway, as well as many scenic highlights in between. Three eras are represented, depending on mood and number of available operators: 1953, 1973, and 1984. It’s operated with an NCE DCC system, and is dispatched with Timetable and Train Order (TT&TO).

This is the lower deck:


And this is the upper deck:



13 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi – I have a box of Tri-Ang track. I’d rather give it away than throw it in the dump. Know anyone who might want it? Located in Kaslo.
    Love your youtube videos!

    1. Hi Rod, I looked into tri-ang track and it seems as if some people want it but it’s definitely not mainstream! Maybe you could try listing it on ebay, but my googling found a forum where it seems to be wanted, although I can’t seem to find it again. Either way, it seems to have been a lot more popular in Britain.

  2. Hi everyone. Could anybody tell me what a typical train consist is for the hot shot? Type of cars and the associated loads and destinations? I am planning on modelling the Nelson and Kingsgate subs with a staging area to represent Nelson, Creston, Trail and Warfield. Thank you.

    1. Good choice for modeling! There’s a good run-by at the end of my video here that shows a longer than usual (almost 2x) consist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu7AYYcefUg
      A really good resource is Elevation Media’s Kootenay Valley Railway DVD. Boxcars, centrebeam flatcars, and acid tank cars go to the sawmill and pulp mill at Celgar/Interfor, as well as covered hoppers for a cement reload at the end of track on the old Boundary subdivision. The smelter at Trail mostly ships with boxcars, although tank cars and coal cars are common. Up the hill, the smelter in Warfield takes tank cars and covered hoppers. Not shown in the video is the occasional boxcar and tank car for the Kokanee brewery in Creston.
      Hope that’s helpful!

      1. I had a look through my documents but the specific loads aren’t listed. It’s mainly a zinc and lead smelter, although interestingly they also recover other metals including indium from their concentrate, which is used in electronics to a great extent. The fertilizer plant at Warfield takes in a lot of tank cars (I think 4+ propane cars a day) and, especially during late winter and spring, sends out covered hoppers full of fertilizer. Sorry I couldn’t be more specific!

  3. OMG. I found someone as crazy as I am but with way more experience and skill as a model railroader. (BTW, I have none, so far.) You can be sure I’ll be a frequent visitor here while I pursue my project of building a working diorama of the Alaska Central Railway.

  4. For Warfield, it’s ammonia – not LPG/propane – that is handled in loaded tanks for production of fertilizers and smelter cleaning. In addition to previous comments, Trail receives covered gondolas of lead and zinc concentrate. Trail is now also receiving gondolas and boxes of electronic goods for smelting – rare element + metal reclaim. For Kraft, covered hoppers supply caustic soda and tank cars also supply chlorine for the pulp mill.

  5. Hi…just getting involved and went searching for your trackplan. There was a reference in the first few posts but that link is dead now. I also assume that things have changed somewhat since the first few posts. Can you repost your trackplans?



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