St. Francis Valley Railway (with video)

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DESCRIPTIONThe St. Francis Valley Railway (SFV) represents a portion of the railway system that might have existed in the summer of 1965 between Montreal and Portland, Maine. Portland was once expected to be Montreal's winter port, but year-round shipping on the St. Lawrence River changed its fortunes forever. However, CNR trains still run to/from Portland, using SFV tracks from Sorel to Sherbrooke. More traffic comes via the Orford Mountain Railway which runs from North Troy to join the SFV at Orford Junction.
The layout has major yards at Sorel, Drummondville, Richmond, Sherbrooke and North Troy. Traffic for all the freight trains is determined by computer-generated orders. A dispatcher controls the flow of traffic and assigns throttle power. All track is hand-laid code 55 rail on strip wood and printed circuit board ties. Rolling stock represents the first-generation diesel era.
YESOPERATING SYSTEMComputer generated Train Orders
LOCALEQuebec Eastern TownshipsERA1965
FEATURESBilevel with helix. Most turnouts manually controlled through levers, piano wire and home-built switch machines.

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