OWL Junction Photo Gallery

Above: A Southern SD-9 passes the tower at OWL Junction. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Above: An overview of the OWL Junction module after the rebuild in the summer of 2007. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Below: A pair of Southern SD-9s wait at the State of Maine train passes the interlocking during the first showing of the module at the 1998 Big Railroad Hobby Show. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

OWL Junction

One of the oldest modules I constructed was OWL Junction - a simple 2′x4′ HO scale module with a scene of a railroad junction. The module also featured a small station, interlocking tower, interchange yard, and a home heating oil unloading facility.

The module was initially constructed in about 8 weeks during from December 1997 through January 1998. It was built to be shown for the first time at the Amherst Railway Society's Big Railroad Hobby Show in February 1998. The module was part of a pair that I built with my friend Matt Wiwczar who built another 2'x4' module which could be set up on either side of the junction module (Click here to read about the Enginehouse module). At the time, it was the fifth module I had constructed for the club. By the time I built this module, my earlier four modules had all been scrapped. In fact, some of the benchwork was reused from the those first modules in the junction module. Over the next 10 years, the junction module went to about 25 events with the club. In 2006, the module underwent a renovation to replace the original legs, change the plexiglass holder, update some of the scenery, as well as rebuild some of the structures.

The club and myself always referred to the module as the Junction Module. I had named it OWL Junction in tribute to O. Winston Link simply because I was a fan of his work. When I rebuilt the module in 2006, I thought about making it a N&W 1950s module but decided not to because of time constraints. At the time, I was also building the club's new transition and staging yard module as well as Centennial Modules and Rockville Bridge - that was a busy year!

The module was sold in 2010 to a gentlemen in Wisconsin and is now part of the Southern Wisconsin Sandhouse Crew traveling modular railroad. -Jim Spavins

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Module at a Glance

Scale: HO Scale
Size: 2'x4'
Number of Sections: 1
Builder: Jim Spavins
Type: Straight
Mainline Tracks: 2
Years Constructed: 1998, Rebuilt 2006
Era: 1990s
Features: Station, Interlocking Tower
Status: Retired