Paper Mill

Jacques' latest series of modules involve an expansive facility called Provincial Paper Mill which acts as an anchor for train operations in the area. Shortly after he began construction of the track and structures for the mill, Jacques hit a wall and took a hiatus from the project. His good friend, Gilbert Lacroix had some spare time available and offered to take the modules home to work on them. While Jacques built the framework, laid the tracks and completed the wiring, he credits Gilbert with taking the entire scene to a higher level. Gilbert created the Central Express facility and the numerous buildings along the main street. He also made and planted the many trees you see on the modules as well as all the wonderful signs.

Paper Mill track plan

Paper Mill Track Plan

The Provincial Paper Mill is a large facility occupying two 24" x 321/2" non-standard modules. The pair of modules act as transitions between the single tracked Freemo design (left)and the double-tracked outside main used by HOTrak (right). The double tracks are visible to the lower right of the image. Jacques has placed some trees and main street businesses in the foreground with the mainline passing in behind to add visual interest. Two of the businesses are noticeable in the lower left section of the image. The paper mill is a combination of kitbashed materials and scratch building. These two modules combined offer an expansive 65" of model railroad real estate!

The single tracked main indicates this as being the Freemo end of the two transition modules. The careful placement of trees, a pond and structures along with the dominant mill in the background make for a visually pleasing scene. The industry to the right in the foreground is Central Express. It is a warehouse and transfer terminal. Goods come in by boxcar and reefer and are delivered by truck to local establishments.

Jacques has placed four businesses along the front of the modules with the railroad tracks passing in behind. This technique adds to the visual interest of the scene. The four businesses are Atelier Desfosses names after a friend, Pierre Desfosses. Lamontagne Surplus is named for Pierre Lamontagne. The store for rent has no name and the Lyon's Den is a brasserie named after Chris Lyon. The joint between the two modules is evident at the midpoint of the four structures

This colourful scene showcases the marriage of colours that can be achieved with the combining of urban and rural scenery. The red-brick colour tones found in the transfer terminal and one of the main street businesses along with the yellow reefer on the transfer track harmonize beautifully with the early autumn colours evident in the foliage on the trees. The greener tones in the background make for a fine-looking backdrop and the brightly lit sign in the centre of the photograph takes on a prominent role.

We see the rail side loading area of the Central Express transfer terminal. Goods are offloaded from rail and transferred to waiting trucks at the front of the terminal building. The switch in the foreground leads into the expansive paper mill.

The spur track into the paper mill divides into two tracks. The track on the left is the 'material out' track. Finished goods leave the plant from here. There is room for three boxcars on the finished goods track. The track on the right is where incoming pulp arrives as well as tankcar deliveries of various chemicals necessary for the paper making process. Other supplies include bales. In the distance to the far right you can see where the single track Freemo main has split into the HOTrak standard of a double mainline.

This image offers an excellent overall view of the pair of modules as they would be seen by the general public at a show. We see the Central Express transfer terminal in the lower foreground followed by the prominent billboard sign and the four main street businesses with the large paper mill complex towering in the background. The effective use of carefully positioned trees helps to soften the angular corners of the buildings.

All captions on this page were done by Mike Hamer