Canadian Pacific, North Shore Sub-Division

This proto-lanced CP operation in Ontario, Canada, from Sudbury to Hearst includes CN traffic. From the east, CP trains operate from Sudbury through Sault Ste Marie and on to Hearst, Ontario. The CN comes from Timmons and joins the CP tracks at Thessalon and continues on through the Sault and on to Hearst. Westbound trains leave Hearst and head for Sudbury or Timmons. Counting three local turns and two extras, 14 trains in total cross the layout. Only two are passenger; all of the freights see some switching action. (Counting both CP and CN, there is nearly 300 feet of mainline.) One turn (Wawa Turn) has earned the nickname of the “puzzle” since its crew has been known to spend the entire session getting the work done. Sessions can run over if necessary and snacks will be served midway through the session. There is enough room for a couple of railfans so long as they do not interfere with the crews.


Located in basement; not handicap accessible.

Division or Location: 

Ontario, Canada, from Sudbury to Hearst


Walk-in layout, two levels, around the wall with peninsula, point to point operation



Size of Railroad: 

16' x 30' room; 200 cars




Track: 99%; Scenery: 5%; Electrical: 99%

Control System: 

Digitrax radio

Number of Crew: 

Min: 6; Max: 8; plus dispatcher

Length of Session: 

3+ hours with break

Scale Clock Speed: 

No clock, sequential operation

Traffic Control: 

Dispatcher controlled, car cards and waybills

Radios Required: 

Radios used to communicate with dispatcher in adjoining room

Listed Jobs: 

8 jobs: Dispatcher, Sault Ste Marie yardmaster, WaWa Turn, Smelter Turn, Iron Bridge Turn, Thessalon Local, road crews