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Welcome to Summer Valley

In the middle of Summer Valley lies the small town of Middletown. Middletown is bordered on the west by the community of West River and on the south-east by East Bay.

Although there are a few actual places on the map of North American (and perhaps even abroad) called Middletown, and there are more than a few West Rivers and East Bays, the area I am modelling does not intend to try to model any of those. My Summer Valley, with its Middletown, is a fictitious place that could have existed somewhere in Nova Scotia. It is modelled to be typical of many small towns of the 50's and 60's. While there is residential development in West River, the portion of it included on this layout is largely a rail yard. East Bay is a small fishing community where Middle River meets the ocean. Summer Valley is a model railroad layout in N scale.

History of Summer Valley

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Nestled between East Bay and West River lies a small town called Middletown. It has a busy downtown core called Acadia Square, a feed mill, a woodworking factory, a mining and railroad museum, a number of smaller businesses, a small park, a train station, a bus terminal, some residential area and a small church.

Middletown was once a bustling town with an active coal mine, feed mill, seafood plant and other smaller industries. The mine almost shut down back in the late 60's but still operates one small shaft. The feed mill is still alive and well. Middletown Woodworking is still a thriving business and although the town is not as prosperous as it once was, it has survived.

At some point during the early 60's the folks of Middletown decided they could bring some additional economic benefit to town by building a hotel/business centre and a family medicine centre. A few old Victorian style buildings in the center of downtown were bought up by the town and a plan devised.

Three old buildings on Main Street, and the Metropolitan Store around the corner were raised and a common underground parking facility was built underneath them. The upper floors of the Main Street buildings were converted to house Middletown Health Centre and a Law Office. The underground facility was also extended to accommodate the new hotel/business centre which was built in a style that would blend the best of Victorian and modern architecture. The whole downtown square was named Acadia Square in honor of the first European settlers in the area.

This is where we pick up Middletown and surrounding area in terms of building the layout. It is late 1960's and the area is prosperous once again.

Middletown has a train station with parcel service. It is serviced by a CN RDC-3 unit daily and a larger passenger train provides service three days each week. A local tour company offers rail tours. Small freight trains can be seen periodically servicing the feed mill and the woodworking company. Residents enjoy a small park adjacent to Middle River. There is an art-deco style bus terminal built in the 1950's, providing a home for provincial and local bus services, a local bus tour company, and some say the finest lunch counter in town.

The rail yard is still the biggest single employer in town but fishing, mining, tourism and the downtown business core are prosperous as well. So, such is life in a small town. As I said before ... Welcome to Summer Valley.