Timothy J. Horton


These pages list the structures which will be required for the layout, and will document my efforts to model them as prototypically as possible. They will be updated as construction on the structures progresses. Virtually all of the structures required for the layout will have to be scratchbuilt. These pages provide historical information as well as photographs of the prototype and mock-ups or models.

Soon after erecting the benchwork for Dawson Creek Yard, I realized that I would need to have an idea of the footprint for each structure in order to determine the exact track layout. The time required to create faithful styrene models of prototype structures is extensive, and I did not want this to delay tracklaying. I decided to fabricate cardboard mock-ups of the structures, which could be built fairly quickly for use during tracklaying. These were built to a standard which would allow them to serve for some time until the final models are built in styrene.

I was very fortunate to be able to acquire copies of the railway's engineering drawings for the station/freight sheds at Chetwynd and Dawson Creek, and the bridges over the East Pine River and Kiskatinaw River. I have collected field measurements and photographs for all of the surviving structures. The Western Agri-Service and Cargill grain elevators will have to be modelled solely from photographs, and the sawmills at Chetwynd and Dawson Creek will have to be somewhat freelanced due to space constraints and lack of information. The farm scene near Groundbirch will be non-specific but typical of the region.

I recently acquired some excellent aerial photographs from the provincial government taken over Dawson Creek in 1977 and Chetwynd in 1979, which have offered new information for many of the structures. They have proven particularly useful for sorting out the lumber mills at Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.