Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bill Sn3 Scobie's Rio Grande Southern Layout

If you want to see trestles spanning mountainside gorges, all you need to do is visit Bill Scobie's fabulous S-scale narrow gauge layout in the Ottawa region.

Bill Sn3 Scobie lives in Aylmer, Quebec, just across the Ottawa River from our nation's capital. He models the Rio Grande Southern, a railroad based in Colorado.

Bill's layout is a joy to behold and a blast to operate! His mountain scenes are spectacular!

The meticulous attention to detail found on Bill's trestles is amazing.

Some sections are on narrow shelves.

A nice close-up of one of Bill's many locomotives.

Rounding the bend.

A water stop.

Me with Joel.

Fred and Monique.

The Pro Patria Mine.

A full yard.

John, Bill, Joel and me.

Chris is all smiles.

Making the grade.

Another trestle.

Paul and John in a further aisleway.

Great structures.

Replicating real places like Ophir.

Phenomenal rolling stock.

The road crossing.

The plow has to be ready for the snow high up in the mountains.

Coming out of the big curve.

 The engine house.

Quite the fleet.

A full stable.

A busy yard.

Tons of operation.

Down by the station at Ridgeway.

Great looking vehicles.


Loading facility.

A massive complex at Vanadium.

Going up...going down.

Time for a gulp of water.

Rounding the bend.

Great weathering.

Effective backdrops.

Great rockwork.

At eye level.

Taking a rest.

Great scene at the end of the peninsula.

From another angle.

The lower deck.

Pick up your orders.

On the turntable.

Love the colours in this gem of a steamer.

Another huge complex.

In for the night.

The pre-ops briefing.

Two Johns.


The tail end.

Joel and John on two levels.

Yard shot.

Helicopter view.

Nice looking complex.

Equally nice structures.

Joel and Paul kibitzing.

At altitude.

Love this locomotive!

Fred and Monique.

Joel having a ball!

A lovely curved yard.

The station at Placerville...where's the train?

The rotary is being moved.

Ah, yes...finally some action!

Lovely curve.

I'll follow the 278.

She's a beauty.

Love the Rio Grande Trailways bus!

Spotted the 278 again...same photo near the beginning of the post.

The engine's territory.

Action packed!

Obviously some switch moves happening.

A tidy little industry.

Yet another glimpse of the 278.

Number 25 has a plow.

On the move.

A galloping goose!

A runaround move.

Back on the train.

At Placerville again.

On the curve at Ophir.

The town of Ophir.

Time for a water stop.

The vehicles certainly add a splash of colour to the scene.

Stan and Peter playing for the camera!

Nice rolling stock in Sn3.

Being loaded soon.

Still love the colour of railroading.


The switcher assigned to Vanadium.

25 climbing the hill.

A closer view.

The tail end.

That sweeping curve inspires.

The engine area.

Tighter view.

At Ophir.

Helper service up the grade.  Yes, two operators run the two locomotives independent of each other (one at the front of the train and one at the back or double-headed).

You can't help but admire Bill's work with his locomotives, rolling stock, vehicles, structures and scenery!

A final look at one of Bill's fine trestles.

Here are Jim and Bill sharing a chuckle.
I hope you have enjoyed this pictorial perspective of Bill's incredible layout.
Have a wonderful day!  Mike Hamer

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