On the layout Swandale is about half way between Dundon and Widen as it was on the prototype. There's always activity here during and operating session as the ERC&L log trains operate from here and the BC&G coal and passenger trains pass through as well.
No one manufactures an "S" scale model of a Plymouth diesel. On the layout a GE 44 tonner makes a reasonable representation, especially with handrails modified to look like the Plymouth.
Many details from the prototype are included around the log pond including the dump ramp, the catwalks, and the distinctive arch over the log ramp up to the mill with it's washer pipes.
While not an exact reproduction, the model of the sawmill captures the character of the original. Likewise, a somewhat smaller row of drying lumber gives the impression of the enormous piles that existed at Swandale.
The Swandale scene wouldn't be complete without the BC&G's distinctive angle-iron water plug. The model was built from strip plastic and commercial castings. All BC&G trains stop here for water both east and westbound.
Added to the layout in late 2013 was a model of the Swandale company store and the feed storage building that sat behind it. The prototype structure is shown to the right with two photos of the model as it appears on the layout below (left and right).