The O Scale Resource

September October 2014

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The O Scale Resource September/October 2014 59 ● Rick Reimer – Original owner of Selkirk Scenery Company and resident artist. Responsible for the stone work on the Roundhouse and painting of all backdrops. Also rock carving and teaching us how to build trees. Rick was the artistic director of the build. ● Jim Ryckman – Scratch built the beautiful coaling tower in the engine service facility. Helped with scenery realization. ● Del Stager - Member of the first construction crew. ● Doug Van Nan – Designer of the track plan. ● Andy Wild – Youngest member of the group and an "O" scale virgin when he first came aboard All was not "nose to the grindstone" in Herb's basement. Once the basic track work was finished and wired, spontaneous operating sessions could break out at any time (the excuse was usually to test a newly built switch or a new section of track). And every evening ended with a coffee break, complete with a baked goodie of some sort. This gave an opportunity to relax and discuss what progress we had made, any problems encountered, and planning for the next session – or just shooting the breeze. This social interaction was an important part of the evening, and helped cement the group. The why of the layout? I believe it was meant to be a stage to show off Herb's scratch built locomotives and passenger equipment. The dream was to build a layout reflecting mountain mainline railroading – heavy, long trains battling stiff grades, crack first class passenger trains struggling to maintain tight schedules. This is not a railway for running peddler or local freights! The main job of this layout is to give those mainline locos some room to run. Herb named his layout "The Vermillion Division of the CPR", and decreed that it is located somewhere in the southern interior of British Columbia. This is mountain railroading at its best! Herb likes to say it is the CPR mainline, I envision it as the so-called southern main line, also known as the Kettle Valley Line, which ran west from Lethbridge, Alberta and joined the more northerly located main line at Hope, British Columbia . Whatever you see it as – enjoy the spectacle of Canadian Pacific trains crossing three mountain ranges in a struggle to find the Pacific Coast. Sit back and enjoy the show! The yard at Meadow Lake is starting to fill up with trains waiting for the single track sections in the mountains to clear. Photo 18

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