EnvisionTO is developing The Gooderham Project for The Canada 150 and I recently joined the team. Projects like these are really fun. I have been gathering research on the distillery district in downtown Toronto with the goal of recreating the area as it was in 1867, the date of Canada's federation. We are aiming to create a VR experience where users can immerse themselves in the district as it was 150 years ago. The experience will be available online but it will be most impactful when viewed from within the distillery district itself because users will be able to make direct comparisons from where they stand.
Distillery Horse Wagon
The first piece I modelled with a Grand Trunk Railway locomotive. I had a number of photographs to work off of and a single side view elevation photo which I followed to get the main proportions correct. I quickly ran into a problem with the spacing of the wheels. If I made them as big as they were drawn in the elevation photo, they would cut into the body of the locomotive itself, yet all the photos supported the indicated wheel size. It made no sense.
The problem was that I was scaling my train to fit standard gauge train tracks but in 1851, after a Royal Commission, the broad gauge called the Provincial gauge or the Indian gauge was adopted by the province of Canada. Today we use the standard gauge in Canada but broad gauges were used by Grand Trunk until 1873. Hello! These dates straddle the dates of my GTR locomotive! I adjust the gauge reference and Walla! the wheels fit.
Distillery Hand Cart
This project is still in its early stages, so most parts are lacking textures and proper lighting. I will continue to update this post as more items develop.