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ATHABASCA

NGauge Layout

 

The Athabasca System Granite Canyon Division is an N-Scale layout that is 18 inches wide and 80 feet long, in a giant dog bone design. It will be set up at public train shows. The layout is based on the beautiful scenery of the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. The emphasis is on prototypical appearance and state of-the-art operation, including command control, realistic signalling, sound effects, etc.

Today, the Athabasca System occupies half of a two car garage. Eventually, when family and friends play the operating game, two fiddle yards (each eight feet long) will be temporarily attached to the permanent portion of the layout, transforming the basic loop into a point-to-point railroad. Just wait until the little woman finds out her antique Corvette has to go outside on operating nights to make room for fiddle yards.

The layout is being built as eight modules: five conform to NTRAK specifications and three are freelanced. Additionally, the two fiddle yards are freelanced. The loop (permanent) portion of the layout fills a space that is 11x8 feet, and features a 4x6 foot center operating pit. A crawl under is used to reach the pit, one of the few things I would change if I could. Bench height is thirty- seven inches, which is eye level for seated operators and bird's eye for those who prefer to stand or have to stand in order to straighten out their back after going through the crawl- under.(Clayton Barry)

Thanks to Joe Barry for providing the photographs.

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