Featured Layout #1
York Central Railway
2006 until present
Owned & Operated by Jim & Julie Barber
Featured Layout #2
Owned & Operated by
David and Hanna Lloyd
Featured Layout #3
Owned & Operated by
Ivan & Mary Anne Fraser
Featured Layout #4
Owned & Operated by
Bruce and Ruth Nord
Featured Layout #5
Owned & Operated by
Earl Graves




York Central Railway  
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
1993 - 2006

This layout has evolved over the last 13 years from a simple 75í loop of track around a small pond and under a few spruce trees, to the existing layout of more than 350í including an expansion to the front yard.

A visitorís first view of the railway is of the track in the front yard running around the perimeter of a traditional garden of Hostas under a canopy of Maple trees.  A few lighted concrete buildings are placed in a group on the edge near the track.  See photo #01.

Proceeding down the side of the house, the track disappears into an enclosed tunnel which appears to be a long narrow shed leading to the gate of the back yard.  See photo #02.

Upon entering the backyard the visitor is welcomed by an area with dwarf trees, and low growing plants such as thyme.  A mine with sounds of machinery and smoking chimney are featured along with a small pond and cabin.  A 'Hobo' diner (winner of the whimsical contest at the 2002 Cincinnati Garden Railway Convention) sits by the track waiting to cater to all railway travelers including 'hobos'.  See photos #03 and #04.

Opposite the mine is a small area, with a 50ís vignette complete with buildings, cars, and people dressed in 50ís fashion.  There is also a museum constructed in an 'Aristo Heavyweight Pullman' car, alongside, sits an Aristo Pacific Locomotive on display.  See photo #05.

The visitor then passes through an arbor and enters the main layout which consists of a mixture of custom built and kit built buildings, cars with operating head and tail lights, people, cars etc.  The plants on the layout are a wide variety of small scale trees some of which are dwarf in nature, others (a large quantity of them) are regular size trees, pruned to stay small.  See photo #06.

The railway once contained a few hundred square feet of real grass (creeping Bent) which involved a lot of cutting and maintaining.  Because of the high maintenance, this has now been reduced to about 100 square ft.  The rest was replaced by a very low growing species of thyme.  See photo #07.

An extensive 25í Main St. contains a wide variety of buildings all of which have internal lights, and detailed interiors.  The store signs on the outside are also illuminated using mini bulbs, LEDís etc.  See photo #08.

More than 500 people populate the town, many of which are made by the owners.  The main street made of concrete has built in streetcar tracks, sidewalks, and catch basins that actually drain away water.  See photo #09.

Many illuminated and animated signs are seen throughout the layout.  Fire trucks, with flashing lights attend to a house on fire complete with flame and smoke.  See photo #10.

In addition to animation, sound effects are also provided using an outdoor speaker connected to a portable cd player.

Incorporated in this section are two ponds, one containing plants and fish and the other pond in the adjacent patio has large Koi.  See photo #11.

The visitor is best to see this railway in the evening just before dark to enjoy the many details, then stay to see the transition to dark and view the many detailed and lighted buildings and structures, complimented by animation.  See photo #12.


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