The real world is weirder than anything you can model is a free Model Railroad Discussion Forum and photo gallery. We cover all scales and sizes of model railroads. Whether you're a master model railroader or just getting started, you'll find something of interest here.


The line depicted served one of the facilities at the General Motors plant in Oshawa. The plant closed in 2019 after 111 years of operation, although the rail line serving it was removed long before that.

The middle picture is on, although it appears the attribution has been removed or cut off.

Iron Horseman

Well-Known Member
No signs of the railroad anymore on Google Maps.
That would be so interesting to model. And maybe no signes at that exact spot, but follow the road (Bruce St) to the west. In street mode you can see where they filled the a turn in the cement/asphalt to the south that looks like it went into an alley. Then pop back into satellite view and you can find something called Michael Starr Trail. That is the old right of way. You can follow it south to a yard by the main line where there is an abandon yard (I found this before I found the intersection). In addition it continues across the highway into another industrial area with switchbacks.
What was harder was to figure out is where it was going to the north. In the overhead view I followed Riston until I found the lumber yard (just past the Costco which I assume used to be all industrial also), but there it was the Michael Starr Trail picks up again and goes through to where there is a sleep factory now and a Rona store across the stree. That looks like it was all industrial at one time as well.

Would be so cool to model.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.