Virtual Layout Tours on the Menu for RMMBC 2021.


Check out these great model railways on the RMMBC Virtual Layout Tour!

The layout tour program is always a popular part of every Railway Modellers Meet of BC (RMMBC) event.  While we can't have in person tours this year, we are doing the next best thing - having the owners of the layouts give a guided virtual tour of their layout.  We've got some great model railways on tap, including several that have never been on the RMMBC tour circuit previously.  Take advantage of this opportunity to see some great model railways - Register today for the 2021 RMMBC which starts May 1st, 2021 with Iain Rice's Keynote Presentation.  The Meet continues every Thursday evening during the month of May (May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th).

Let's take a look at a few of the great model railways participating in the RMMBC Virtual Layout Tour!

BC Hydro Railway by Colin Dover and Gary Taylor


The B.C. Hydro Central Park Line is set in 1965 to 1967. The prototype had numerous customers and multiple switching areas that provide operators with many switching opportunities while not getting in each others' way.  The Pacific Coast Terminals operation in New Westminster is also modelled, along with all the connections the BC Hyrdo Railway had with other railways.  This HO scale layout fills a medium sized basement and is a very enjoyable layout to operate.  This is the first time the BC Hydro Central Park Line has taken part in the RMMBC layout tour.  

BC Rail Dawson Creek Subdivision by Timothy Horton


Come visit the BCR Dawson Creek Subdivision in N Scale as it appeared in 1977. This multi-deck apartment bedroom layout features sectional benchwork and wiring, LED lighting, prototypical track arrangements, servo turnout control, and realistic operations. This tour will cover the prototype, layout design and construction, and operations. The BCR’s Dawson Creek Subdivision extends for 61 miles from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek in northeastern British Columbia. A small portion of the neighbouring Fort St. John Subdivision is also included.  Don't miss this chance to see some top notch modelling of a local favourite - British Columbia Railway.  

Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Nanoose Division by Steve Stark

The N Scale Nanoose Division models most of the key features of the Canadian Pacific's E&N Victoria, Port Alberni and Lake Cowichan subdivisions on Vancouver Island, circa 1969.  Other operations modelled include the Canadian National Railway operations on Vancouver Island as well as the Comox Logging & Railway Company, MacMillan Blodel’s Nanaimo Lakes railway and the Canadian Collieries (D) Ltd. The modelled era was a time when MacBlo still ran steam, the E & N Baldwin fleet was intact and before the CPR removed a significant amount of infrastructure.  This N scale layout has not been on the RMMBC Layout tour previously.

Coast Inland Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway by Dick Hawkshaw

This tour visits the fictitious Coast Inland Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway, an HO mountain railroad located in British Columbia that extends from the Pacific Coast in the west to the foothills in the east, set in mid-September 1998. The Coast Inland Division, formerly the Coast Inland Railway Company a.k.a. The Inlander, operates between the cities of Port Mary and Hughes, where it interchanges with the BNSF and Southawk Logging & Lumber Company. The layout features numerous industries serviced by the railway, along with helper locomotives over the Soaring Hawk Pass and Mt. Stephen.  This proto-freelance layout has not been on the RMMBC layout tour previously.

Vancouver Island's E and N Railway by Michael Batten


The E&N was a perfect little railway that just begs to be modelled. But tough choices and compromises have to be made even when modelling small railways. This tour explores the thinking behind the layout design. An N scale layout in a large, finished basement room and a prototype of manageable size sound like a winning combination for any model railway builder. But when the layout building starts, the space disappears quickly, especially when the room must be shared with other members of the family. This layout tour looks at how the careful selection of scenes to be modelled, with an eye to prototypical operating patterns, can help focus and overcome the challenges of space and time limitations.  This will be a very interesting layout tour, don't miss out! 

Algoma Central Northern and Michipicoten Subdivisions by Nick Acciavatti


The  Algoma Central Railway's Northern and Michipicoten Subdivisions is an action-packed railway focused on Forestry, Mining and Bridge Traffic. If you like 1st and 2nd generation EMDs and mixed trains, you will love the ACR. This tour will cover the operations of the ACR from Hawk Junction to Hearst Ontario, and from Hawk Junction to the shores of Lake Superior at the Michipicoten Harbour.

The layout is set in the autumn in the late 1980s to early 1990s, so you will see lots of fall colours, Canadian shield rocks and EMD 1st and 2nd Generation units. The Northern Sub hauls primarily forest-based products such as pulp logs, wood pulp, lumber and then other products such as paper, fuel and propane and bridge traffic from other railways.

The Michipicoten Sub is the ore hauler! Lake boats come in from Lake Superior and unload raw coke and limestone and then bucket loaders load the ore cars bound for the Sinter Plant at Wawa. The Sinter plant refines the ore into steel grade ore and then its sent back to the Soo to Algoma Steel. Nick tries to keep it interesting and fun!  This layout has never been on the RMMBC layout tour before.  Register today to see this and all the other offerings that are on tap for RMMBC 2021.  We'll "see" you at the meet!

The RMMBC Committee

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