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An HO scale model railway in St. Jacobs, Ontario


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BADEN, ONTARIO, circa 1900

a diorama by Greg Shinnie

photos by Lance Russwurm

This beautiful diorama was built by Greg Shinnie to put on display for the 150th Anniversary of Wilmot Township. It is in HO scale and is 4X4 feet in diameter. Greg scratchbuilt his own house, the nearby general store and all the Grand Trunk Railway buildings that were there around 1900. Today the house and store still exist. The tracks do too, but not a trace of the railway buildings that once served the village of Baden remain. Unusually, there was no selective compression in building this  model, Everything is exactly to scale. Period Insurance maps were used for the dimensions.

This diorama has recently been purchased and is being incorporated into The St Jacobs Junction Layout as a second stop for the trains.

Baden train station, 1900 -A grand trunk 4-4-0 Engine pulls into Baden Ontario

CLICK a picture to see it greatly enlarged

MORNING ARRIVAL OUTDOOR FACILITIES MOTIVE POWER THE STOCK PENS

A few passengers watch the train pull in

Some ladies use the washrooms- state of the art for 1900!

Typical Grand Trunk Motive power in the nineteenth century A view of the station and the stock pens out back
CORNER HOUSE THE FRONT PORCH THE BACK PORCH THE HILLBORN BROTHERS GENERAL STORE

This beautiful Queen Anne style house is where Greg Shinnie lives today with his family in Baden. J. Lemp was a well known photographer in the area at the turn of the last century. He worked out of Tavistock, a nearby village

A family, presumably the Hillborns, who live here at the turn of the last century, and run the general store next door, pose for the photographer.

Same house, another view This store still exists today, as CASTLEVIEW VARIETY. It has a false front added at a later date. It is directly across the street from CASTLE KILBRIDE, a national historic site.
FIXING THE SHED THE BANDWAGON THE TRACTION ENGINE WASHDAY

A neighbour does necessary repairs

The proverbial Baden Bandwagon - the one that everyone wants to get on. Another kind of steam engine commonly found in rural areas back then. We will be using one like this for a planned threshing scene. A lady hangs out her washing on the line to dry - hoping soot from the locomotive won't get them dirty again!
   
  SUNSET IN BADEN DIORAMA OVERVIEW  
  Late in the day, a freight steams west out of town. The entire 4X4 foot diorama seen at the Toronto Train Show in 2002.  

 

"Duntroon Station" model by Brain Martin

Brian Martin's model of Duntroon Station makes a guest appearance on the Baden Diorama, complete with a digitally added background.

 Digital photos and digital altering by Lance Russwurm 2005