Scajaquada Valley Northern Railroad


The Scajaquada Valley Northern Railroad is a Freelanced N Scale shortline, operating in a fictional Northern Ontario setting. The railway provides access to and from a seasonal port located in Lake Superior. During winter months, this port acts as a distribution center and supply center for Northern communities - and so container traffic is usually brought in via rail for that purpose. During the summer months, the port operates as an import/export facility. The route is mostly single track, and the Northern climate plays a toll on it. Parts of the route are in disrepair, however most is maintained to 30mph (50km/h). The railroad has a Central Yard (Amherst) which is located roughly halfway between the Port and the CN Interchange facility at Barrington. The route between Amherst and the Port is fairly barren, and mostly marshy / wooded land. There are however a few sidings for supplying and collecting wood from logging camps along the way, There is also an OSB / Plywood plant just North of Amherst. There is also a branch line leading to a Galena Mine. The route Between Amherst and Barrington however has much more activity. A Paper Mill, Lumber Mill, and Ore refinery are some of the main features. The transfer yard at Barrington accepts unit Iron, for haulage to the port.

A fictional story describes some of the inspiration for the line. Tho it the line has been cropped somewhat, since this story was written.

The Control System will be a mostly automated signaling system, with automatic protection interlocking. In the future, this may be upgraded to allow for a dispatcher to play a role. The logic will be handled by TTL Arduino PLC's, in combination with custom made circuits and boards. The main line will have working three color signals, occupancy detection, and direction detection. It is also possible to run speed detection at each CP as well.

Locomotive Roster.

What is a rail line without Industry? The following is a basic outline of each 'Station', and the town / industries they serve.


Barrington is an interchange town. The SVNO interchanges with CN Rail here. The mainline begins just North of the yard. The town has a small industrial siding with a few rail served industries. One of which being a railcar rebuild shop, which is owned by the SVNO, but operated as a separate entity. There is also a fuel distribution terminal, a construction company yard, and a bottling plant.

Luna Lake

Luna Lake is a mine about 5 miles off of the mainline. A branch line extends out to serve it. The mine is a Galena mine. It extracts silver, lead and copper. The junction with the main line includes a controlled siding.


Ora is a lumber town. It features a manual siding, a single ended storage track, and a dimensional lumber mill. A metal scrap / recycling yard is also served from this siding.


Amherst is a larger regional center. It has a 6 track yard, and the mainline passes by the yard with a single track. It also has a locomotive shop, and is the headquarters of the rail line. The yard also hosts two team tracks. Both equip with fluid unloading, and hopper unloading facilities. There is also a cold storage distributor plant nearby with a track serving them. A cement distributor is also located here, along with an aggregate yard. There is also a paper mill in the area.

Hannah Siding

Hannah Siding is a remote, manually controlled siding which only serves a small team track siding. This siding is sometimes used for farming shipments and also for logging shipments. The siding is typically overgrown and in disrepair, the main line in this area is also somewhat neglected, and speeds are slow. This area of the line is very remote.


Whitney is a small lumber town about 10 miles down the line from Hannah. There is a plywood mill here, which produces laminated plywood. The mill has 2 loading tracks which stretch through the mill's yard. Whitney does not have a siding. The switch is lined to face towards Amherst.

Thomson Bay & Port Scajaquada

Thomson Bay is a refinery town, and a port town. It is also the end of the line, and is considered dark signal territory. Thomson Bay is where the Galena is processed and refined. The town has a small 2 track yard holding 16 cars. The town has a Team Track with chemical unloading racks. It also has a service track which allows the placement of boxcars beside some of the main street businesses.

Port Scajaquada is a seasonal Northern port. The port has facilities for grain, and general freight. Intermodal can be handled here to some extent.