I remember when I started getting interested in North American N gauge I used to see adverts for the North American Railcar Corporation Hawker Siddeley cylindrical hopper wagons everywhere… and I remember really wanting a rake or two.
CP 608386 Cylindrical Hopper Car by Pete Hughes – Own work,
All rights reserved by creator – Used with permission.
They’re beautiful looking models and just like the real wagons they are produced in a range of colourful liveries. You can see the range on the Pacific Western Rail Systems website by clicking this link.
So you might wonder why I’m mentioning these models in a post about Annacis Island industries?
Continue reading “Annacis Island Industries #3 (Western Transloading Corporation)”
While researching the Vancouver area I’ve found a couple of examples of shared transloading docks like this now defunct example in the Marpole neighbourhood.
Marpole Spur East by Chris City – Own work, Used with permission, View Image
Presumably shared docks like this gave any of the nearby industries without dedicated spurs the opportunity to have a car spotted at the dock for loading or unloading of goods.
Although it’s even more rudimentary than the Marpole example above (it doesn’t even have a roof) there is a transload dock on Annacis Island too…
Continue reading “Annacis Island Industries #2 (Ebury Place Transload Dock)”
Having introduced Annacis Island in previous posts, this time I thought it would be worth taking a look at how trains actually get onto the island. That’s because they make use of a rather interesting road and rail bridge known as the Derwent Way or Annacis Island swing bridge.
Booms by Glen Ritchie – All rights reserved
Used with permission, View Image
The slightly cryptic image above doesn’t reveal a great deal about the bridge itself (it’s a view from the control tower of the bridge as it opens/closes for passing river traffic) but it has the potential to make a very interesting module and scratch building project…
Continue reading “Getting Onto Annacis Island (The Annacis Island Swing Bridge)”
Happy New Year.
It’s been a while since my last post and I thought I should get on and finish the post I started many months ago about a local model railway society exhibition I attended back in November 2017.
This annual show is organised by Letchworth Model Railway Society and usually has a really interesting mixture of trade stands and layouts in a range of scales, so it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Continue reading “The Letchworth Model Railway Exhibition”
The first Annacis Island rail-served industry I thought I’d take a look at is SSAB Hardox. Here’s a picture of their building, spur and unloading facilities taken by Chris City:
SSAB Hardox by Chris City – All rights reserved
Used with permission, View Image
It’s a simple but has the potential to be quite an interesting and relatively compact module.
Continue reading “Annacis Island Industries #1 (SSAB Hardox®)”
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been playing with potential module plans in a track planning application called XTraCAD and starting the process of converting real world locations on Annacis Island to N scale modules.
I’ve quickly realised that even in N scale, compromise will be necessary…
Continue reading “Managing Expectations & Compromises”
Just a quick update on the SRY locomotive roster today.
SRY 902 New Westminster BC 2006_1031 by Stephen Rees – Own work,
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, View Image
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Annacis Island is a largely industrial island on the Fraser river in British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Delta region of the Vancouver metropolitan area, just south of downtown Vancouver.
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The numerous industrial buildings and extensive network of track (including a rail-barge terminal) you can see on the map above provide plenty of opportunities for modules or a larger industrial switching layout.
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