Shout Out to Larry Broadbent

I learned through the St. Thomas Railway Heritage Facebook group that Larry Broadbent contributed about 1300 photographic slides of railroad equipment and personnel to the public archives of Elgin County.  Larry’s photos were taken in and around St. Thomas Ontario from the 70s onward.

The best part about this is that the images can be viewed online for free by clicking here.  Once you’re there, type “Broadbent” into the collection name field.  You’ll find the collection to be chock full of shots of the CASO, C&O, and N&W (ex-Wabash) trains.

Larry’s donation is a commendable contribution toward the preservation of the history of railroading in southwestern Ontario.  Most notably, these photos capture the unique operations and equipment of three US-based railroad companies in Canada.

CASO and C&O Canadian Division trains rolled through the town I’m modelling in HO, so this collection is an invaluable resource to me.  I hope more people follow Larry’s lead and make their railroad photo collections available to the public.  Thanks very much for doing this Larry.



Club Layout featuring C&O’s Canadian District

A couple of days ago, Action Hobbies in Kingsville announced plans to host a club which will build a layout depicting C&O’s distinctive Canadian District through southwestern Ontario.  An ambitious project, no doubt.  If lived within a reasonable drive of Kingsville, I’d be a part of this.  Check it out…

Part 1 of the 2nd Announcement: Reconfiguring the Layout to C&O’s Canadian District.


C&O Caboose Kit from DR&LE

This announcement is two months old, but I just learned of it now.  Action Hobbies in Kingsville will be producing an HO scale C&O C-15C caboose in kit form and RTR.  These represent the most common caboose type seen on the Chessie in Ontario during the 70s.  They will be produced under the brand Detroit River & Lake Erie Railroad Company.  The operations of American roads in Ontario have always been interesting, and depending on your regular exposure to trains, they offered a somewhat more obscure alternative to CN and CP.  These are essential to anyone modelling a locale along the southern edge of the province.