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Fernwood Lumber Company Railroad, by Pete Birdsong
The FLC RR is set in Southern Mississippi around 1910, and inspired by the real railroad of the same name, era and location. The model is in one bay of a two car garage; it features steam engines hauling logs from camp through Magnolia, an intermediate town, to the lumber mill in Fernwood, and empties back. There is also some commercial and other freight. All track is hand laid: switches,3-way switches and a double slip switch. Many buildings and cars are also scratch built. The backdrop is hand painted, and there are scratch built Southern Yellow Long Leaf Pines. It takes about two hours to make, run and break a train. Not wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
Rio Grande Matterhorn Extension, by John Bridges
1959 On3 from Ridgway to Matterhorn mining district. Consolidating remaining D&RGW, R.G.S, and C&S equipment. Complete steam loco facilities. Many scratch built structures and Yorke kits. Big rock & fall color. Separate level for 2-6-6-0 O scale coal line. Late steam & early diesel. Featured in March 2017 N.G. Gazette. Not handicapped accessible.
Timber Creek Railroad, by Gordon Briggs
Layout is a branch line on S.P. line in the 1950s. Truckee, CA is the transfer point to the branch line and Timber Creek RR.
Yosemite Valley RR, by Jack Burgess, MMR
Layout models the Yosemite Valley Railroad in August 1939. All track is handlaid and all structures are scratchbuilt.
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/EHGkZHLqALY
Sierra Carson & Truckee, by Dave Connery, MMR
Two level layout in 1/2 a two car garage. Upper level is V&T in Nevada, HO/HOn3 Lower level Sierra Rwy in California - levels connected by two helixes. Numerous scratch-built prototype structures. Time set in 1929. Rolling stock resin and craftsman kits and scratchbuilt. All locomotives steam era - sound equipped. Room for only a limited number of visitors at one time. Also Fn3 Garden Railroad in yard based on West Side Lumber Co with scale plantings, trestles, water feature and rolling stock.
Western Pacific Spring 1938, by Jim Dias
A beautiful re-creation in HO Scale of the Western Pacific RR in the spring of 1938. The area of the WP modeled is along the Feather River including the Keddie Wye and a small logging area. The prototype of the scenery has been praised by old WP employees, who recognize the scenes. An interesting touch is the many sound modules included in the many detailed scenes. The layout has been featured in Railroad Model Journal May 2000, Railroad Model Craftsman July 2000, Model Railroader Sept. 2001 and Railroad Model Hobbyist May/June 2010. Video produced by TSG Multimedia, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqzjjjx_Pys. Not wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
Shingleton & Hat Creek Railroad, by Bert Donlon
The Shingleton and Hat Creek Railroad is a fictitious railroad in Colorado in the 1950s. Its slogan, "Connecting Colorado", reflects that it operates equipment from all narrow gauge railroads in Colorado as well as S&HC equipment patterned after other narrow gauge equipment or freelanced. The layout is 9' x 9' enclosed in part of a 2 1/2 car garage with three tunnels extending into the main garage with an 18" x 8' sceniced staging area. The layout is point to point using a card routing system. Emphasis is on switching with short trains to accommodate the switchback and the shorter sidings and spurs. Some trackage is dual-gauge with a standard gauge and a narrow gauge box car next to each other to explain to visitors the difference between HO and HOn3. I have two books available to view written about the S&HC to help explain the process of building the railroad.
Placerville Branch circa 1925, by Tom Ebert
The layout is just 8 years old, and approximately 80% complete. The Placerville Branch is a proto inspired layout depicting the SP steam era branch line between Folsom Ca., and Placerville, Ca. The layout is double decked with no helix. A 2% grade is employed except at switching locations to connect the 2 decks. Essentially a "nolix" approach. All track work is ME Code 70 over cork. Subroad bed is cookie cutter 3/4" furniture grade plywood as is most of the benchwork. The layout is a point to point design with two turntables to turn locomotives at the east and west ends. A 5 track staging yard sits under the center peninsula with a turn around loop. Staging tracks are selected via matrix NCE programming. This was dark territory, so train order boards were the only signals used on the branch. Operating TO boards sit at Dugan and Diamond Springs. All structures are a combination scratch built, craftsmen kits, laser kits and kit bashed. The backdrop is hand painted by the owner. The layout is operated by a crew of 4. Traffic includes both scheduled and unscheduled east and west bounds, and runs under modified TT &TO control. A dispatching office is planned, but yet built.
Union Pacific and Summit County RR, by Phil Gulley
The Union Pacific and Summit County is multi deck HO scale layout in a 1300 square foot purpose-built building. Currently only the Summit County Railroad portion is operational which occupies roughly 30% of the space. The Summit County is a proto-freelance railroad based on the UP's Park City branch, hauling coal, ore and livestock. It connects to Union Pacific's double track transcontinental mainline at Echo. Currently in construction is the Weber and Echo canyon portions of UP's transcontinental mainline.
The operating system is TT&TO with telephones for communication. The sound equipped, primarily steam engine roster is controlled with an NCE Radio DCC system. Freight is forwarded with a CC&WB system and all turnouts are Tortoise controlled. Scenery is roughly 90% complete on the Summit County.
“The” WP, by Steve Hayes
Santa Fe Clovis NM to Amarillo TX Hereford Subdivision, by Robert Hoffman
Based on 104 miles Santa Fe transcontinental mainline (Transcon) between Clovis, New Mexico and Amarillo, Texas. Layout is set in the Summer of 1989 and represents, with relative accuracy, the towns, businesses and operations that took place on the subdivision during that period. Aside from Santa Fe heavy freight action there is also Burlington Northern transfer and run through coal traffic. The layout was built with the aid of photos, books, CLIC books, personal interviews and Google Maps. Roughly half the structures are kit bashed or scratch built to represent actual structure from those locations. The Layout was designed and build for night time as well as day time operations.
SP, by Dave Houston
The Rocklin Sub is a freelance prototype railroad depicting the SP from the Valley to the mountains. Visiting SF, UP and WP passenger trains complete this 1957 transition era railroad. Lots of passenger trains, Black Widows and steam.
Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society, by Sacramento MRHS
Red Rock and Green River, by Bill Iwan
Red Rock & Green River layout is a freelance model railroad loosely based on the maintenance yard of Chama, New Mexico and San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Animation, sound effects & lighting all come together to make this a one of a kind layout.
Sandy River and Rangely Lakes, by Ron King
Based on the largest of the 2 foot gauge railroads in Maine, this On2 bi level layout is housed in 2,400 square foot room. Layout covers entire railroad from Farmington to Rangeley on the lower level and Strong to Bigelow on the upper level. The walk along design is based on the 1916 ICC track survey with a 900 foot mainline run and uses a NCE wireless DCC system. A 12 car train elevator is utilized to connect the two bench work levels.
The 24 hour cycle bicolor LED lighting system is controlled by the fast clock. Sunrise/sunset times vary with month assigned for each operating session, and lighting conditions vary with weather conditions chosen for the session.
Still early days with 100% of bench work and track work done, but only just starting on an 80 foot section of scenery
Northern California Narrow Gauge, by Ed Kornegay
The theme of the RR is a Northern California narrow gauge tourist line (NCNG) that takes guests by historical points of interest in Northern CA. The rolling stock has been purchased from other RRs and for historical accuracy, they retain the road name of the original RR for which they served. The RR has a K37, K36, K27 and a Connie (other engines and cars have come and gone). The engines are assigned to 4 different consists as needed. There is a passenger train, a right-of-way maintenance train, a coal train to restock the coaling tower as well as a logging train required to pull dead trees that have been removed from the forest to reduce fire danger as well as supplies for the RR. Of course, guests visit with their trains from time to time as well. The RR also provides an engineer for a day program for those interested in a more “hands on experience” than just a train ride. The RR was part of the 2016 National Garden RR show and is on the cover and featured in the Augest edition of Garden Railways Magainze. Only 6 issues are published each year. Few are narrow guage like mine.
The passengers board in the rail yard. The train backs out of the yard and onto the mainline. The first stop on the Journey is the Roseville Station. The Roseville Station and Rail Yard were established in 1914 and is currently the largest rail yard on the west coast. My station was commissioned with Joe Metzger who did a great job of reproducing the real station. While the engine takes on water and coal, tourists are invited to visit the historic structures in the area. They can visit the old engine house where a steam engine is in storage hoping to someday be brought back to life. They can even hike to the top of the hill and visit the Kennedy Gold Mine operation. The real mine is in Amador County and opened in 1860 and closed in 1942. The mine tour also includes their work shop and a small logging operation to support the mine.
Once the passengers are back on board, the train pulls out and crosses a bridge over the South Fork of the American River. Upstream they can spot Sutter’s Mill. It was at this logging operation that gold was first discovered in CA in 1848. This lead to the CA gold rush of 1849. As you pass through the town of Rocklin, you can spot an abandoned and burned quarry building to the left as well as a farm house and barn in the foothills to the right. Once the gold played out, quarrying granite was the biggest business for Rocklin. That is until the start of construction of the transcontinental RR. As Rocklin had the last flat land before entering the Sierra foothills, the Central Pacific established a rail yard here in 1864 so that helper engines could be added to the consist to help get over the mountains. The yard moved to Roseville in 1914.
The train is now heading for the Sierra mountains where the grade is 3% all the way to the top. Once the train clears the tunnel, it’s traveling over the lower portion of the double trouble trestle. The train winds its way higher and higher until it’s at its highest point, which is atop hidden trestle. Once beyond the trestle it rounds the bend and provides the passengers with a stunning view of Donner Lake (Koi not to scale). This is the lake made famous by the Donner Party who having been delayed by a series of mishaps and mistakes spent the winter of 1846 and 1847 snowbound in the Sierra Nevadas. Some having resorted to cannibalism. About 20 years later, the transcontinental RR removed much of the danger of the migration to CA. It least there were no reports of cannibalism after the RR was completed.
The train now cross the upper bridge over the North Fork of the American River and a stop for water before completing the journey back down to the valley. Pulling out of the water stop, the train starts across upper double trouble trestle. Once you clear the trestle, the Empire gold mine is on your left. The Empire mine was operated between 1850 and 1956 in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The train now crosses the lower bridge over the river and heads onto the long trestle. The trestle is over 50’ in length and takes you back down to the valley and back to the train yard to end your journey.
All the sites on my RR are with-in a one hour drive by car from my home in Rocklin. Of course, I had to compress the distance to make a viable tourist RR. It was fun learning about all the history in the area and trying to incorporate that into my layout. It took several people to make my RR a success and I’m very grateful for their help, advice and friendship. Without them, I may be still racing sports cars….
Virginia and Truckee “Virginia City Branch”, by Mike Laine
A small HO layout inspired by Nevada's legendary Virginia & Truckee Railroad. The layout depicts the historic Virginia City Branch as it looked during the final years of operation in the 1930s.
Scenic hightlights of the layout include modeled elements of the Virginia City Historical Mining District with over 60 scratch-built and kit-bashed Victorian era buildings, stations, trestles, mines and mills. Iconic period locomotives and rolling stock in use are also presented.
The layout is in a purpose built train room inside a typical California garage and constructed with L-Girder benchwork and styrofoam topography. The high altitude desert scenery of northern Nevada is crafted from sifted gravel and silt collected on location in the Virginia City area.
An elevated live steam garden railroad running in a background of native California flowers and plants will also be open for viewing.
West Side Lumber Company, by Ed Loizeaux
Lots of pine trees, mountains, waterfalls, a logging camp, one sawmill, 300+ feet of mainline track, one town, engine facilities, etc. Running two Shays, one Heisler, one Caspar, one diesel with siderods, and other stuff. Truss rods galore and olde tyme clothes on the figures. Beautiful backdrop painted by professional artist Mike Kotowski. Also included at no extra charge, standard gauge running of a Class I railroad which interchanges with the WSLCo. Layout featured in Great Model Railroads 2005 magazine by Kalmbach.
Mill Valley Lumber Co., South Pacific Coast, by Don McKenney
My Mill Valley Lumber Co. Railroad is an On3 freelance lumber logging somewhere in northern California in the late 19th century. It tells the story of logging the big trees, from the woods to the mill, using a variety of geared locomotives and light steam rod engines. Pretty much everything (except the locomotives) is scratch built. Control is battery/rc/tsunami. I also am presently working on a new layout in a somewhat larger space that represents the South Pacific Coast Railroad, also in the late 19th century. Track is in and running (battery/rc tsunami). Equipment and structures are all scratch built and most is built following Carter Brother's practices and plans.
Rogue River Railroad, by Gene and Bev Myers
HOn3 - Northern California and Oregon. 100% steam power. 1940’s mountain railroad, rock canyons, and a lot of pine trees. Engine house with operating turn table. Max grade 2.0%, single track mainline with 4 passing. Also sub end sidings. Not wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
California Coast Railroad and Navigation Company by Larry Moll
Railroad is based on an imaginary transportation company serving the needs of isolated lumbering and mining actives in northern California. The double band saw mill, log pond, storage yard and warehouse is straddled by the company town of Riosville, A 5 stall Como style roundhouse services the various power while addition facilities care for rolling stock and fuel. Located at the mid point of 85 feet of scale HOn3 track is the main yard which also provides needed service for an addition 30 feet of dual gauge railroad. The Layout is a point to point with turntables. Lumber, minerals and coal is transported to the various pacific coast communities via sailing and stream ships (which have not been built) from two ports. No main line service here. Gold and silver is processed at the existing ten stamp mill with an additional ten stamp extension modeled as being built. Coal is shipped from a dedicated dock via barge. Bench work along 60 feet of wall is cantilevered while island bench is on post. Not wheelchair accessible, no bathroom available.
Denver, Front Range, and Pacific, by Jim and Paulette Petro
This is an operations oriented layout including the Joint Line, Denver, the climb to Moffat Tunnel, and Grand Junction. None of these are modeled with much accuracy, except for parts of Denver. There are 3 staging areas. Car cards are used. There are 18 passenger movements in a full day.
D&RGW, CA Div, HOn3, by Tom and Darlene Peterman
General Palmer made it to the Pacific after all! This 11’x7’ HOn3, two-level layout features the fictitious “CA Division” of the Denver & Rio Grand Western narrow gauge in the Fall of 1939. Focal point is the yards and town of Ophir - yes, there is an Ophir, California! Layout is full DCC, with sound, and scenery is very near completion. Wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
Hetch Hetchy Railroad, by Steve Redeker
The On30 layout is the City of San Francisco’s 68 mile Hetch Hetchy Railroad (HHRR) in 1919. It also includes the Sierra Railroad from Oakdale to Jamestown. The HHRR transported all materials and equipment to build the City’s Water and Power Project which included a huge concrete dam (not modeled!) inside the Yosemite National Park, two hydroelectric power houses (one modeled), a sawmill, and 35 miles of aqueduct tunnels bored through granite. The HHRR branched off the Sierra RR at Milepost 26 at Hetch Hetchy Junction.
WHY VISIT THIS LAYOUT? IT IS BLACK AND WHITE! (Still a work in progress). Background photos, Structures, Trees, Bushes, and Groundcover…and, of course, Engines: all B and W! Probably the only one you will ever see! The background photos (up to 24”x36”) are of the prototype during operation. No color photos in 1919. Each major HHRR scene mirrors the prototype photo on the wall behind it! IT’S DEAD RAIL. See how all the electronics, speaker and battery got crammed in to an ON30 Bachman 0-4-0 Porter and a two truck Shay! IT’S GOT DISAPPEARING and QUICK CHANGE BACKGROUNDS. See how to make them on the cheap. IT’S CLOSE TO THE CONVENTION: 17 Freeway miles south.
Mears’ Madness Rio Grande Southern in HOn3, by Jeff Reynolds
Mears' Madness is a Rio Grande Southern prototype HOn3 model railroad set on two days in the life of the railroad: October 1, 1940 and October 1, 1950. The structures, scenery, rolling stock, motive power, and 18 prototype bridges all reflect the worn out and desperate appearance during those dates. We run 12 of the most used locomotives and all the geese of the two dates and have 291 pieces of rolling stock including 82 stock cars; all with their distinct condition and number gleaned from photos. The railroad is 1,200 square feet in a 30'x40' stand-alone building. Backdrops extend 11.5 from the floor and complement over 4,000 trees on the railroad. Six DC cabs support 68 electrical blocks. This is one of the largest HOn3 railroads in California, and we hope you'll visit. Wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
Never Done and Always Changing, by Scott Robertson
Two layouts in one room. The upper layout is under construction, but operational, consisting of a "G" 1:24 scale desert and mountain themed area located somewhere in the southwest. Mining is the dominant industry, with two towns and three station stops along the way. Scenery emphases desert and large rock walls / formations, canyons and forested areas. The time period is sometime after World War Two. Equipment is small, running on tight radius track. Structures are mainly scratch built, with a few kit bashed. The second layout is a point to point On30 logging line on a second level below the main layout. This layout represents an island railroad delivering timber from the forest to the sawmill / main camp and town next to the inlet. Scnery consists of a small dock side town, sawmill, engine service facilities, large logging camp, forested areas, and a small town and yarding / logging camp (under construction).
A Youtube video link to the On30 layout is as follows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TCBAJYvH-g
Western Sierra Lines, by Roseville Roundhouse MRC
We have two layouts. One HO and one N scale. The HO layout is loosely based on the Roseville to Truckee route with SP yard themes, small industrial switching areas, a short line with a lumber mill and Mountainous and tunnel areas. The Layout is a 17′ X 30′ “Z” shaped layout. Track is Atlas Code 83 with a min. radius of 30″ and a max. grade of 2% on the mains. The layout has a 200′ long double mainline. The Layout utilizes DCC which is provided by an MRC Prodigy Wireless DCC system. The shortline has the ability to operate a straight DC at the flick of a switch. This gives club members an opportunity to run older equipment that has not been converted. The time period is mid 40s up to mid 70s but we allow club members to operate any time period equipment. The N scale layout features a 15ft by 13ft U shaped plan with two main loops, a dock/port area and river area. This layout is currently being extended with a 6ft by 13ft benchwork. This layout can operate in DC or DCC mode. The time period is mid50s through 80s. Wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (ADA compliant).
Denver & Welch River, by Terry and Denise Schmidt
A freelanced HOn3 layout based on D&RGW and RGS equipment and locations. Features include sound equipped locomotives and complete scenery. The modeled yard is based on Chama, Colorado and the layout includes a mirror image of Ophir, CO. The D&WRS is around-the-room with peninsula operated as a point to point. Note: There are no steps but there is a 4' 8" duck-under.
Wheelchair accessible, but 52” height, no bathroom available.
Westside Lumber Company, by Rod Souza
The layout is based on the West Side Lumber Company. The time period is towards the end of railroad operations around the 1956 to 1960 era. The railroad starts in Tuolumne, at the lumber mill and proceeds out of the yard to Baker siding, then on to Deadwood, Camp 24, Buffalo Landing, Clavey Station, Crumbine, Camp Reynolds, over Niagara bridge, Flemming and finally, to Camp 45. The layout will be double level, with the lower portion from Tuolumne to Deadwood before going up a hidden helix to get to the second level and Camp 24 and on to Camp 45 where the railroad ends in the woods. Curently, benchwork & trackwork is completed from Tuolumne to the hidden helix to the second level. Trackwork is code 83, with dual gauge in the Tuolumne yard with On3 & Proto 48 O scale. As the standard gauge leaves the 3' gauge track in the upper yard in Tuloumne on the Sierra Railroad, the trackwork, becomes Code 125, Proto 48 track. As a bonus, for accompanying visitors, my wife, Lisa Souza (www.lisaknit.com) will open her showroom to knit and crochet enthusiasts, for tours and shopping.
Brain Ellerby’s Nighthawk Branch in Sn3, by Aaron Splawn
The Knighthawk Branch is the last remaining piece of Brian Ellerby’s famous Copper River and Yukon Railroad. This magnificent piece of model railroad history is being lovingly restored with the idea of it one day being placed on permanent display. The Copper River and Yukon has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and advertisements, and has been an inspiration to countless model railroaders.
Morada Belt, by Dave Stanley
- Transition era trackage rights RR used by SP, WP, ATSF and UP to detour traffic across.
- Interchange runs by local shortlines.
- 180' mainline run w/30' branchline.
- Loop to Loop but operated as point to point.
- JMRI panel pro freight forwarding system.
- One classification yard, one interchange yard, and one staging yard.
- Five operators plus train dispatcher.
- Train orders similar to track warrants used for dispatching trains transmitted by frs radios.
- Freight traffic heavy on perishables and aggregate.
- Normal op session sees approx. 13 trains, 50% of them freight, 50% locals.
- All standard gauge - no narrow gauge.
- Featured in Jan. 2014 issue of Railroad.
Sierra Railroad 1955, by John and Linda Zach
Sierra Railroad in 1955 - Oakdale to Tuolumne City. Includes Pickering (Fassler to Soap Creek) and Westside Lumber Company (Tuolumne to Camp 24). The WSLC is operational with a log train with empties running up to Camp 24 and returning Tuolumne with loads. There is a supply train that runs from Camp 24 to Tuolumne and back to Camp 24. The trains meet a River Bridge Siding. Not wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
Dan Rom’s Garage Layout
Proto-freelance, loosely-set in the Pacific Northwest during the early 1950's. History has been modified to allow the Great Northern, Western Pacific, and the Southern Pacific to exchange traffic by utilizing a small branchline railroad (yet to be named). I have recently added a very small logging narrow gauge line to exchange lumber with the standard gauge lines. All track and turnouts (including dual gauge) are hand-laid except for a short leg for a fidel track.
D&RGW Durlin Branch by Dave & Carla Adams
The Durlin Branch is a free-lance mountain branch line of the 3 foot narrow gauge D&RGW fourth division hauling general freight, coal, ore concentrates, lumber, livestock and passengers. The branch ties into the San Juan Extension mainline in Chama NM, with Durango CO to the west and Alamosa CO to the east. Alamosa and Durango are represented by staging. Chama circa 1936 is a heavily condensed scene vitally important to the operation. It is a subdivision point, a helper terminal; and a terminal for the branch line trains. At Grandt Line Junction, the Durlin branch line takes off and climbs a steady 3.8% grade through Cresco and Toltec Tunnel up to Carrumba where the line splits. One line continues on to Fritz Park, then descends a 4% grade through Resin Creek to Durlin. The other branch serves Flint and a coal mine. Water stops are animated with motion and sound, and sound is used to time stock and coal loading. Car cards & Waybills plus Timetable & Train Order supports operation. Steam locomotives still rule on the narrow gauge lines. The pace is relaxed as befits a narrow gauge railroad, and saw-bys are simply all in a days work on the mountain. Not wheelchair accessible; bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
Southern Pacific Shasta Route and Nevada County Narrow Gauge by Dave Tateosian and Mae Go
This is a 23’x23’ three-level model railroad with the Southern Pacific in HO scale on the lower two levels and the Nevada County Narrow Gauge in On3 on the top level. The Southern Pacific is modeled from the mid-1970s onward between Oakland and Klamath Falls with a branch line that leaves Sacramento and goes to Woodland. The lower level contains the Oakland and Klamath Falls staging yards as well as Woodland, while the upper level models the railroad from Ozol to Sacramento and through the Sacramento Valley to Redding, then through the Sacramento River Canyon, and then to Klamath Falls. The railroad is fully operational with car card and waybill operating sessions, however scenery work has not yet started. The Nevada County Narrow Gauge is modeled in the late 1930s from its terminus of Nevada City, south to Chicago Park, and then to Oilville and Colfax and its interchange with the Southern Pacific. Benchwork is largely complete with track and electrical still under construction. Wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
Harper Valley by Don & Barbara Harper
Harper Valley was switched to Sn3 in 1980. The scenery is 100% complete (subject to change). Lot of scratch built prototype structures and rolling stock. Most equipment follows D&RGW, but the layout is freelanced and leans heavily on Colorado mining of the 1930s and 1940s. It has been featured in Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Railroader, Great Model Railroads, and 3/16 Scale Railroading. Not wheelchair accessible; bathroom available (not ADA compliant).
End of Steam by Gene Kuhn
End of steam layout and museum. Large purpose-built 2-story building. Models the SP Roseville including Donner Pass. Helix to second floor mezzanine. Wheelchair accessible, bathroom available (ADA compliant).
Spokane, Portland & Seattle, California Sub by George & Rosemary Hardy
The layout represents the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Ry (SP&S) from Portland, OR (MP0.0)/Vancouver, WA to Wishram, WA (MP 106.1) with staging at Portland and Pasco, WA along the north bank of the Columbia River, condensed into about 200’ feet of main track. The layout is a multi-level design around the room with a central peninsula. The stations of Camas, Stevenson, Bingen/White Salmon, Lyle, Avery & Wishram are on the layout. There are industries at most stations providing on-line business and operating opportunities. Operations include through freights and passenger trains in addition to the locals for a mix of traffic. The layout is still under construction and operating possibilities are limited at this time. The SP&S was a big Alco user from, FA, RS-3 and C-425 and C-636 for freight with EMD power on passenger trains. A mix of Alco, Baldwin and EMD were used for switching. Not wheelchair accessible; No bathroom available.
SP & WP in Yuba City by Mike Andrews
2-rail O Scale around the room layout featuring Southern Pacific and Western Pacific lines including Sacramento Shops, Yuba City, Corning, Marysville, Sutter, Binney Jct. and the Keddie Wye. Not wheelchair accessible, no bathroom available.
Little Truckee Railroad by Noel & Jane Wilson
The Little Truckee Railroad is in a 10’x40’ Construction office trailer.
It’s around 65 foot long in a “U” shape dog bone with a two track main line. Each module has animation on them and the main line is automated with signal systems. Automated block systems can run four trains at a time and override on local panels. DC powered. Room has a one hour day and night lighting system with sound surround audio system. Disabled parking available at the 7/11 next door. Wheelchair accessible; no bathroom available.
Carquinez Model Railroad Society by Carquinez MRS
The Carquinez Model Railroad Society operates a 36' x 60' model railroad on three levels based on the Southern Pacific/Union Pacific from Oakland, CA to Sparks, NV set in the 1950’s to the present. The railroad passes through Oakland, Richmond, Hercules, Crockett, Port Costa, Martinez, Fairfield, Davis, Sacramento, Colfax, and Sparks. There are also two branchlines: the Mococo Branch, which branches off the main line at Martinez, and the Comstock Branch, which branches off at Sparks. The Comstock Branch is a mixture of standard gauge, narrow gauge, and dual gauge. All of the standard and dual gauge is complete, with more narrow gauge yet to be built. The railroad is a “mushroom style” design with long peninsulas and two large helixes. The railroad design allows operators to walk along with their trains as they traverse the railroad. We utilize an NCE DCC system for train operation using wired, wireless, and WiFi throttles (with the help of JMRI's DecoderPro). Not wheelchair accessible, Bathroom available (not ADA Compliant).
Sierra Central Railroad by Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society
The HO scale Sierra Central Railroad depicts the Southern Pacific’s Western and Sacramento Division or “Cal-P” line from Oakland to Sacramento and the Western Pacific from Sacramento through the Feather River Canyon to Keddie. Signature scenes on the SP include the historic Davis depot, the Yolo Causeway, the Sacramento passenger station, Sacramento Shops, and 12th Street Yard. On the WP, you’ll find Marysville, Oroville, Table Mountain, the Honeymoon Tunnels in the Feather River Canyon, Keddie Yard, and the scratch-built Spanish Creek trestle widely known as “Keddie Wye.” The railroad also features the Quincy Railroad and Sacramento Norther's Oroville Branch. Wheelchair accessible; bathroom available (not ADA Compliant).