Revelstoke was centrally located on the layout. It was also the lowest
location, next to Arrowhead on the shore of Upper Arrow Lake.
Revelstoke consisted of the station with two station tracks to
accommodate passenger trains and a through freight track. Ample
track was provided in the adjacent yard to accommodate reforming
of consists. To assist in yard operations, the yard had a ladder and tail
track at each end.
To facilitate turning, servicing and storage of helper locomotive the
yard had a servicing facility at the west end, which included a 6-stall
roundhouse, ash pit, coal tower and watering stations. Notable were
the oil tanks near the roundhouse, which provided crude oil for the
oil-burning locomotives, which were operated between Field and
Kamloops to reduce smoke in the tunnels.
Industry was kept to a minimum, consisting of an icehouse at the east
end of the yard to replenishing reefers carrying fruit from southern
British Columbia, in particular, the Okanagan Valley, which is still
today major fruit producing region.
West of Revelstoke
was actually the case, on the layout Clanwilliam was just east of the
summit of Eagle Pass and Taft on the western slope, the high point on
the layout being reached at the bridge over the Arrowhead branch,
just east of Taft.
Clanwilliam was modelled as a mining town with station and, to the
west of the yard, the mine. Clanwilliam had a modest passing
capability, as the passing siding was relatively short.
Taft consisted of a station and a substantial passing siding.
Beyond Taft (the end of scenery) the track passed through a
washroom to emerge in the workroom at Kamloops, a marshalling
yard with a loop for reversing trains and ample track for staging and
East of Revelstoke
To the east of Revelstoke, was a significant climb up the
Glacier to Rogers Pass and the west portal of the Connaught Tunnel.
On the layout, the Illecillewaet Valley was divided into lower and
upper stages, demarcated by arrival at Albert Canyon. From Albert
Canyon the upper Illecillewaet Valley doubled back on the upper level
of the layout with Glacier above Revelstoke and Rogers Pass and the
west portal of the Connaught Tunnel on the upper level above and
between Revelstoke and Clanwilliam.
Albert Canyon consisted of a yard, a substantial passing siding,
station, another siding with loading platform on the north side of the
yard, along with a few houses and a mine. Although the mine at
Albert Canyon was actually located 5 miles north of the town, on
John’s layout it was located at the western end of the yard.
The Upper Illecillewaet Valley was distinguished on the layout by the
presence of two snowsheds, one under repair. The paths of previous
avalanches could be see on the backdrop at several locations
including above the snowsheds. Near Glacier the track crossed over
Loop Creek flowing out of a mountain valley and the site of the
original, but gone in 1937, Loop curves and trestles.
Glacier consisted of a station, substantial passing siding, and storage
siding. The station looked much like the existing station except the
existing station is of log construction. The storage siding
accommodated storage of fuel oil tanks cars supplying fuel oil to
drive the ventilation system of the nearby Connaught Tunnel.
Between Glacier and the tunnel, John painted on the backdrop a
spectacular view of the Illecillewaet Glacier, head waters of the
Illecillewaet River and site of the famous Glacier House, a resort and,
in the early days of the Canadian Pacific, a dinner stop. With the
construction of the Connaught Tunnel, opened in 1916, Glacier
replaced Glacier House as a station stop.
The west portal of the Connaught Tunnel on John's layout had on the
north side of the main line, a short storage track prototypical of the
time. The storage track was used to store one tank car supplying fuel
oil for the ventilation system. Although double tracked in 1937, John
chose to model the tunnel as single track. In November of 1958, the
tunnel was converted to single track to provide greater clearances for
oversized boxcars and tri-level auto transporter cars.
Beyond the west portal of the Connaught Tunnel at Rogers Pass in the
Selkirk Mountains (the end of scenery) the track passed through the
washroom to emerge in the workroom at Field, a marshalling yard, a
loop to reversing trains and ample track for staging and storage.
The Arrowhead Branch
Some license was taken in locating the Arrowhead Branch Line.
Instead of heading directly south from Revelstoke as it did, on the
layout it branched off at Clanwilliam. Arrowhead consisted of the
town, servicing yard, station, run around track, and adjacent boat
and barge dock with its own siding. Particularly unique was the two
track barge which could be loaded and then used to move rolling
stock “down the lake” to the workroom area where John had his work
bench and also storage tracks specifically designed to receive rolling
stock from the barge.
Industry was confined to a small fruit packing company. In latter
years the Okanagan Valley to the west has become a major fruit and
wine producing region of British Columbia.