Sacramento Layout Tour

Sacramento Layout Tour Details and Photos

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The following information was provided by the layout owners to give you more details about their railroads and assist you in choosing which layouts to visit.  Many have been featured in the commercial model railroad press.  Some have websites for even more details.  Peruse the page and enjoy the layouts by either scrolling down or by clicking on the layout owner's name or railroad name to go directly there.

 

 

 

#
Name
RR Name
Direction from Sacramento & Hours Layout Open
Scale
Size
Scenery
 Times of travel from Convention Center/ City/ Zip
Comments and Interesting Design Points
worth visiting.
1
North
Morning only 9a-12pm
 
HO
33 X 10
20%
Travel Time: (33 miles) / 39” minutes/
Plumas Lake (Olivehurst),
95961
Mid 80’s HO California Oregon & Western Shortline on SP Modoc Line.
Ops in and around Klamath Falls. Uses JMRI operations with a CTC panel, Novel helix construction, Lower level staging and walk-around design. Track/Bench stag.
2
Northwest
Morning
10a-3pm
 
HO
24 X 42 +
1208 Sq Ft
20%
Travel Time: (68 miles) / 76” minutes/
Colusa, 95932
SP Dunsmuir Route mostly built full scale to SP drawings, in an upstairs bonus room, innovative multi-tier, most level 2
to 3 track in place, walk-around design, scenery well along,  
3
Pacific Northwest around Portland
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon 9:30a-4pm
N
20 X 20
90% +
Travel Time: (65 miles) / 80” minutes/
Nevada City,
 95959
A very long distance but worth it. Innovative N-Scale Northwest railroad with signaling, electronics and staging “beyond the basement” concept. JMRI & Panel Pro, signaled, can use internet to dispatch, walk-in multi tier design, fully scenicked.
4
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon
 10a-3pm
HO
20 X 20
None
Travel Time: (35 miles) / 43” minutes/
 Auburn, 95603
Non-Operating, only ½ lower Staging yard built, but benchwork footprint in and extensive multi-level design. Built lean-to at back of train room to hold part of helix. Planned 6 tiers, walk-in design, models Mtn grade in NorWst. Working Signal/CTC display.
5
Northeast
Morning
9am-2pm
HO
Over 500 sq ft
70%
Travel Time: (38 miles) / 46” minutes/
Auburn, 95603
 
Impressive purpose-built building, Large Layout, Good Quality, Step-Down walkway under layout, Multi-Tier walk-around design, Helix room w/dispatcher, central hidden branch.  Union Pacific in the Wasatch Range in Utah including coal operations.
6
Northeast
Morning
9a-12pm
HO
 15 X 20
 20%
Travel Time: (17 miles) / 24” minutes/
Citrus Heights,
95610
 
Again, Dave Clemens recommended this attic layout. Proto-Freelanced 1960’s in Sac Valley, including Sacramento Northern and Western Pacific
Stacked Staging, Helix in Dormer, walk-in with center peninsula, built 6’h hallway to access.
7
Northeast
Morning
930a-1230pm plus
Afternoon 2p-5p
HO
270 Sq Ft
bedroom
90% +
Travel Time: (24 miles) / 30” minutes/
Rocklin, 95677
 
UP RR in and out of Spokane, noteworthy double tier, doormino type construction with hidden loop staging under and stub-end staging behind low backdrop.
8
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon
 10a-4pm
HO (WP,SP), HOn3 (Proto-lanced)
 2800 sq ft
 75%
Travel Time: (10 miles) / 14” minutes/
Sacramento,
95838
Main Layout is walk-around double tier and narrow gauge is also walk-around. Location is WP Feather River Canyoun with SP Cal-P line and freelanced HOn3 in a separate room.  Interesting peninsula treatment at the end, using CMRI for signaling, Club is building their own searchlight signals, have old authentic WP CTC machine, semi-proto model.
9
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon 1:00pm-6pm
HO
 45 X 35
 
 
 20%
Travel Time: (25 miles) / 41” minutes/
Granite Bay,
95746

 
1950 SP Sierra Donner Pass layout utilizes a novel computer controlled signaling system with touch screens to operate turnouts. RR & Co software used for controlling turnouts, routes, signals, & accessories and to detect occupancy.  NCE DCC for train control with 70 individual blocks. Dual track 550' mainline with 18 track main yard and 10 track hidden yard. Track elevation ranges between 50" and 77" with a 1.5% max grade and 48" min radius. L girder construction with spline roadbed. Layout in operation for over 1 year using timetable and car card system. Dedicated building houses layout.
10
Northeast
Morning and Evening
12p-8pm
HO
12 X 55
90% +
Travel Time: (26 miles) / 36” minutes/
Rocklin, 95765
 
Large 2-tier Layout with backdrops, staging and plenty of online switching, innovative walk-under layout entance to step up elevated platform, Loop staging, DCC
11
 
 
South Placer Lines
Northeast
Afternoon and Evening
11a-6pm
HO
~ 400 sq ft
40%
Travel Time: (22 miles) / 28” minutes/
Rocklin, 95677
 
Freelance 1940’s shortline to Placerville, Point to point with staging yards each end, 192 foot mainline run, 3 lines of track crosses doorway with creative lift-out access, fascias. Shelf bracket tier construction.
12
 
 
Northeast
Evening
4p-10pm
HO
 25 X 35
 100%
Travel Time: (12 miles) / 21” minutes/
Rancho Cordova,
95670
 
Large walkaround but somewhat dated, freelanced. Built in an SP looking RR station. Some double decking, makes use of small staging yards. Nice workshop area and lounge also.
13
Northeast
Afternoon and Evening
3p-10pm
HO
15 X 37
50%
Travel Time: (23 miles) / 36” minutes/
Folsom, 95630
 
UP Railroad Portland to Pocatello Walk-In around the room double tier with memorable scenes on a shelf-like layout featuring a helix and staging. Prototype modeling, DCC.
14
Northeast
Evening
6pm-9pm
HO
 Open basement
 
15 X 30
 None
 
Note: This layout is still in the design stage.
Travel Time: (21 miles) / 28” minutes/
Roseville, 95661
 
Dave Clemens agreed to be there to help visitors understand the track plan as Dave has designed it for George’s large vacant railroad room.
15
Northeast
Evening
6pm-9pm
N
11 X 26
50%
Travel Time: (21 miles) / 29” minutes/
Rocklin, 95677
 
Flowing Walk-around layout with deep fascia, under layout fascia panels, valence, backdrops, high quality scenery, open staging area, lighting.
16
South
Evening
6p-10pm
HO
22 X 18
30%
Travel Time: (15 miles) / 21” minutes/
Elk Grove, 95758
 
Modern ATSF through the Dessert, 1983, Clovis, New Mexico to Amarillo, Texas. 
17
South
Afternoon and Evening
3p-10pm
HO
20 X 20
50%
Travel Time: (42 miles) / 46” minutes/
Mirada (Stockton),
95212
 
Freelanced but large mountain RR with his favorite scenes from his long RR career, walk-in & around, multi-level, RR themed building
18
 
South
Morning to Evening 
10a-8pm
HO
Over 500 sq ft
70%
Travel Time: (71 miles) / 75” minutes/
Tracy, 95376
 
Well worth visiting. Innovative Mushroom and multi-tier layout, good model work, fabulous design ideas, railroad engulfs viewer, nice fascia and valance.

 

 
 
 

Map

 

To start you out here is a map that shows you the general location of the layouts.  The numbers correspond to the numbers on the table above and on the main LDSIG Sacramento Activities page as well as the numbers below.  The map shows approximate location.  Actual addresses will be distributed to ticket holders at the LDSIG business meeting Wednesday morning at 8AM.

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Dennis Drury's California, Oregon & Western RR

 

 

 

 

Layout RR Name

California Oregon & Western

Owner name

Dennis Drury

Website

N/a

Scale

HO

Multilevel? # of decks

2 Currently 3 planned

Mainline run

About 50’ visible currently

Minimum radius

30”

Typical Aisle Width

27” pinch point

Benchwork

Plywood on open girder

Height

30 – 42 – 64”

Accessible?

Yes, no restriction

Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:

Proto-freelance short line connecting with the SP and BN in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Set in 1984

 

 

Special Layout Design Features

Single LDE of Klamath Falls is over 50’ long. Designed from prototype track charts.

Documentation, Orientation and Signage:

£ Wall mounted track diagrams

£

£ Handout describing layout and

     op session purpose

£

 

Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session

To provide service to customers on the former SP Modoc line after the SP applied to abandon it.

 

 

Scenery methods and %

20% Zip texturing on foam landforms

 

 

Backdrop Sky blue painted walls

Car Forwarding Scheme

£

£ Switch list

£ Computer generated

£

£ Other: Using JMRI Operations

 

Size

4

5

500 sq ft. plus

Large home or club sized

4

400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’

Garage or basement

3

 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’

Half a garage

2

100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’

Small bedroom

1

50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’

Half a bedroom

 

Scenery

1 - 2

5

Full scenery, exceptional detail

4

Full scenery

3

 2/3rd

Scenery

2

1/3rd scenery

1

Plywood Central

 

Prototype

/theme

4

5

Full fidelity to prototype

4

Some compromises with prototype or freelance.

3

Attempts to evoke specific era/time

2

Generic era/RR

1

Mix of eras, railroads and
locations

 

Rigorousness

4

5

Tightly structured per prototype.

4

Closely adheres to prototype practice

3

 Purposeful operations

2

Attempts at prototype operations

1

“Holler and Hope” operations

Operating scheme:

£      £ CTC     £ Track Warrant £     £ Other:______________________

Control system:

£     £ DCC / System: Digitrax with JMRI PanelPro     £ Other: ________________

Communication system:

£ None

Number of crew positions 1 - 3

Other important features of operations:

 

 

 

#2 Walt Schedler's SP Dunsmuir

 

 

 

 
Top end of downtown Dunsmuir: Full scale Machine Shop and full scale Round House – under construction;
Temporary mountains on Sky Board Support.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Layout RR Name

Colusa SP Shasta div (Black Butte Sub)

Owner name  Walt Schedler

Website

 

Scale HO

Multilevel? # of decks 4

Mainline run 600+

 

Minimum radius 39

Typical Aisle Width  30+

Benchwork open and foam board

 

Height  40 to 86

Accessable?  Up Stairs

Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:

 

1955 featuring Dunsmuir, CA plus Gerber, Red Bluff, Redding, Sims, Cantara Loop, Black Butte, weed, and Grass Lake/ K-falls  

 

 

 

Special Layout Design Features

 

Using the 12 foot high ceiling atic room as a helix, I transition from 40” high lower staging, under the center peninsula and go in and out of two dormers for 180 feet, once around the room.  

Documentation, Orientation and Signage:

£ Fascia mounted track diagrams - yes

£ Station names / MPs on fascia- yes

£ Handout describing layout and  op session purpose- yes

£ Timetable if appropriate- yes

 

Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session

 

To move fairly long trains up the Sacramento Canyon, using helpers

 

 

 

Scenery methods and % 

10-15 % complete

Cardboard strips, paper and plaster cloth and Styrofoam

 

Backdrop

Painted on aluminum flashing

Car Forwarding Scheme

£ Car Cards - yes

£ Switch list - yes

£ Computer generated - no

£ Tacks or markers on cars -no

£ Other: __________________

__________________________

 

Size

1200 sq ft plus

5

500 sq ft. plus

Large home or club sized

4

400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’

Garage or basement

3

 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’

Half a garage

2

100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’

Small bedroom

1

50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’

Half a bedroom

 

Scenery

10%

5

Full scenery, exceptional detail

4

Full scenery

3

 2/3rd

Scenery

2

1/3rd scenery

1

Plywood Central

 

Prototype

/theme

5

5

Full fidelity to prototype

4

Some compromises with prototype or freelance.

3

Attempts to evoke specific era/time

2

Generic era/RR

1

Mix of eras, railroads and
locations

 

Rigorousness

5

5

Tightly structured per prototype.

4

Closely adheres to prototype practice

3

 Purposeful operations

2

Attempts at prototype operations

1

“Holler and Hope” operations

Operating scheme:

X£ TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other: SEQUENCE OF TRAINS__________________

Control system:

£ DC / Block Control    X £ DCC / System: NCE_________________________     £ Other: ________________

Communication system:

£ 5 Channel radio   X £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________  £ None

Number of crew positions __10-15_________

Other important features of operations:

 

 

 

 

 

A video of the Oregon, Washington, Navigation & Railway can be seen at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEKQOh9jz9Q

 

 

 

 

Layout RR Name

Oregon, Washington, Navigation & Railway (OWNRy)

Owner name

Kent Williams

Website

http://www.ownry.com

Scale

N scale

Multilevel? # of decks

2 levels

Mainline run

300 ft

Minimum radius

18-22

Typical Aisle Width

36 inches

Benchwork

Framed sections on Wall brackets

Height

30 to 64 inches

Accessible?

Yes one floor.  No stairs

Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:

 

Late 60’s Pacific Northwest with Portland, OR division point. Yards and switching with some mainline running and CTC.  Era is late 60’s.  Location is Pacific Northwest centered around Portland Oregon as a division point. Branchline interchange with mainline.

Special Layout

Design Features

 

Mainline

City scene with Union Station

Sweeping curve around basalt bluffs

3 yards

Industrial district

Automated yard control

Documentation, Orientation and Signage:

 

ü      Fascia mounted track diagrams

ü      Station names /

ü      Handout describing layout and op session purpose

 

Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session

 

Have fun running Protolance operations of Class 1 railroads in Northwest USA.  Yard operations and industrial switching.

 

Scenery methods and %

90+% complete

bead foam for basalt bluffs, some kit buildings, other custom buildings

 

Backdrop – impressionistic painting of backdrop scenes using acrylics on masonite

Car Forwarding Scheme

Car Cards and color coded waybills.

 

 

Size

5

500 sq ft. plus

Large home or club sized

4

400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’

Garage

3

 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’

Half a garage

2

100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’

Small bedroom

1

50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’

Half a bedroom

 

Scenery

5

Full scenery, exceptional detail

4

Full scenery

3

 2/3rd

Scenery

2

1/3rd scenery

1

Plywood Central

 

Prototype

/theme

5

Full fidelity to prototype

4

Some compromises with prototype or freelance.

3

Attempts to evoke specific era/time

2

Generic era/RR

1

Mix of eras, railroads and
locations

 

Rigorousness

5

Tightly structured per prototype.

4

Closely adheres to prototype practice

3

 Purposeful operations

2

Attempts at prototype operations

1

“Holler and Hope” operations

Operating scheme:

£ CTC    

Control system:

£ DCC / System: _Digitrax    

Communication system:

FRS Radio

Number of crew positions __11

Other important features of operations:  3 yards plus industrial switching

 

 

#4 Dave Bayless' Denver, Northwestern & Pacific

 

Dave has constructed a wall inside his garage that looks from the outside like a depot

 

Outside Lean-to addition 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Denver, Northwestern & Pacific
Owner name
Dave Bayless
Website
None
Scale
HO
Multilevel? # of decks
6 Tiers Planned, 1 built
Mainline run
480’ planned
Minimum radius
36” Main/Siding 30” Staging
Typical Aisle Width
30 inches narrowest
Benchwork
Standard wood frame and shelf
Height
28” to 96” planned
Accessable?
Duck-under to “C” shape isles
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
Circa early 1952 freelance Subsidiary of 4 Northwest RR’s, (DRGW, NP, GN, WP), Layout section modeled is east of Mt Rainer in the Cascade Mt’s, northwest flavor.
 
Special Layout Design Features
 
Planned Staging to Staging, (Fiddle Type), long mainline run featuring helper service. Rear of Garage has Lean-To holding parts of spiral loops, Multi-Tier construction, large staging yards, 36” wide isles, planned backdrop controlled vignettes.
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
£ Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
None at present
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
To gather a group of modelers together and operate trains in a low pressure but very realistic environment simulating the job of working on the railroad.
Scenery methods and % standard screen and plaster/ foam
 
Backdrop: None as yet
Car Forwarding Scheme
x Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ Other: __________________
__________________________
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other: “Mother may I”
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    £ DCC / System: Digitrax     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None
Number of crew positions __Three to six
Other important features of operations:
 
 

#5 Phil Gulley's Union Pacific and Summit County

 

Phil Gulley's Union Pacific and Summit County is a proto-freelance version of the Union Pacific's Park City Branch set in Utah in 1952. This moderately large HO scale double deck layout is about 2/3 scenicked.

The railroad features branchline operations with 2 passenger trains, 2 through freights and lots of local switching! The operations adhere closely to prototype practices using Timetable and Train Orders, a fast clock, and car cards and waybills. Control is by NCE DCC; communications is via telephone. 

Continental Oil

 

Double Bridge

 

Grass Creek Corrals

 

K Johnson Livestock Company

 

New Church Mine

 

Summit

 

Union Fuel

 

 

Weber Coal

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name Union Pacific and Summit County
 
Owner name Phillip Gulley
Website
 
Scale HO
Multilevel? # of decks Yes - 2
Mainline run 210'
 
Minimum radius 30"- 36"
Typical Aisle Width 4'+
Benchwork Cantilevered plywood
 
Height 40-64"
Accessible? Short stairs
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
UP RR (not built): 1952 Ogden up Weber and Echo canyons
Summit County (operating): Proto freelance version of UP Park City Branch
Special Layout Design Features   Purpose-built building with various height platforms    
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
Move coal, ore, livestock and general merchandise to/from the UP and D&RGW
 
 
Scenery methods and %
Cardboard web + plaster cloth some foam roughly 75% finished
Backdrop
Painted curved drywall
Car Forwarding Scheme
£ Car Cards
 
 
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO    
Control system:
£ NCE DCC    
Communication system:
£ Telephone
Number of crew positions
8-10
 

 

 

#6 Frank Robertson's Rio Plumas

 

As you enter the train room, a partial peninsula will contain a branch to Clarksburg in the Sacramento Delta will be on the lower level with Chico on the to be completed upper level.

 

On the opposite side of the peninsula is the branch to Woodland northwest of Sacramento (on the right) with staging for points west in the distance.  Parts of Chico and staging for points east will be on the upper level.

 

After entering the center aisle is Sacramento Yard with Chico above.

 

 

 

Another photo of Sacramento Yard on the lower level

 

The Sacramento business district separates Sacramento Yard from the "R" Street industrial district.

 

Leaving Sacramento Yard, the line passes through downtown Sacramento and the "R" Street industrial area.

 

On the lower level east of Sacramento will be rolling grasslands of the Sacramento Valley, then up the helix to Yuba City on the upper level.

 

 

The lower level continues up the Valley through Pleasant Grove before climbing the helix to the upper level.

Yuba City sits above Pleasant Grove on the upper deck.

 

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Rio Plumas – (Feather River) WP on Sac Northern
Owner name
Frank Robertson
Website
N/A
Scale
HO
Multilevel? # of decks
Two w/Helix Connection
Mainline run
100-plus feet
Minimum radius
24-inches
Typical Aisle Width
3-feet plus larger areas
Benchwork
Frank- Modules (wood/foam)
Height
38 to 53 inches
Accessable?
NO – second floor location
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
Western Pacific on Sacramento Northern between Sacramento and Chico, CA circa 1970’s
 
 
 
 
Special Layout Design Features
Frank-n Module shelf construction consisting of wood frame w/polyfoam surface supported by metal shelf brackets – NO LEGS except in Helix and peninsula
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
X Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
X Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
The Rio Plumas adapts the parent WP to day-to-day operations on the former Sacramento Northern
 
 
Scenery methods and %
25% with some areas of more detail
 
 
Backdrop
Most areas
Car Forwarding Scheme
X Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ Other: __________________
__________________________
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized
4
280 sq ft. 14’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     X Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:___________________
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    X DCC / System: _Digitrax_____________________     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
X 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None
Number of crew positions __five__
Other important features of operations:

 

#7 Dave Clemens' Idaho, Montana Railway and Navigation Co.

 

Original sketch of the upper deck through the medium of LDE's.

 

Mock up used for planning the UP Northwestern

 

Usual Suspects: Bay Area LD SIG members "mock-up" the IMR&N shortly after the train room addition was completed - Nov 2004.

 

The lower level of the railroad is "mocked-up" full size with "Doormino" sectional elements.

 

The first train arrives in W. Spokane Yard.  My Ops guys would spend a couple weeks laying track, then the next couple weeks we'd run trains to the "End of Track".

Installation of the upper level commenced in Mar 2006.  The MILW passenger train is on the lower deck, while the 2-8-0 is working the staging level, with Chester at the beginning of the transition level is just above, with the upper deck against the wall in the distance.

Through 2007 we ran trains a couple evenings a month with temporary access to the permanent East Staging.  Here No 298 struggles up the Chester Creek grade to Mica for a meet with No 251.

 

After more than a year of operating in an "interim" configuration, I decided get serious about the a final push to install the rest of the mainline.  All of the "dirty construction" took place either on the front lawn (summer) or garage once the seasons changed.  Anyone interested in "How this story ends" watch the pages of the LDJ this summer.
 

 

Kent Williams and Steve Gust operating on Dave Clemen's UP Northwestern

 

Motive power clusters around the W Spokane shops in the late morning as SW7 1800 works the caboose track

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layout RR Name

Idaho Montana Railway & Navigation Co –

the Union Pacific Montana Division

Owner name

 

David Clemens

Website

N/A

Scale

HO

Multilevel? # of decks

Roughly 2-1/2 decks

Mainline run

210 feet

Minimum radius

22-inch

Typical Aisle Width

30”-36” w/one 24” btwn lobes

Benchwork

Doormino and Wood/Foam sections

Height

48 to 65 inches

Accessable?

Duck-under access – 6”step

Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:

Joint UP/MILW trackage and operations around Spokane, WA 1952. Prototype trains embellished with freelance extension to Montana points

 

Special Layout Design Features

 

40-miles of prototype specific LDE elements incorporated into the 200-foot mainline run

Documentation, Orientation and Signage:

X Fascia mounted track diagrams

X Station names / MPs on fascia

X Handout describing layout and

     op session purpose

X Timetable if appropriate

 

Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session

Replicate the experience of working prototype UP/MILW and GN trains thru prototype specific scenes.

 

Scenery methods and %

Meatball scenery throughout with detail scenes at specific locations

 

Backdrop

Complete – some location specifi photo murals

Car Forwarding Scheme

X Car Cards

£ Switch list

£ Computer generated

£ Tacks or markers on cars

X Other: Prototype traffic volumes for each Ops “day”

 

Size

5

500 sq ft. plus

Large home or club sized

4

400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’

    270 sq ft

    bedroom

3

 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’

Half a garage

2

100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’

Small bedroom

1

50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’

Half a bedroom

 

Scenery

5

Full scenery, exceptional detail

4

Full scenery but less than exhaustive

3

 2/3rd

Scenery

2

1/3rd scenery

1

Plywood Central

 

Prototype

/theme

5

Full fidelity to prototype

4

Freelance extensions of prototype trains to Montana

3

Attempts to evoke specific era/time

2

Generic era/RR

1

Mix of eras, railroads and
locations

 

Rigorousness

5

Tightly structured per prototype.

4

Closely adheres to prototype practice

3

 Purposeful operations

2

Attempts at prototype operations

1

“Holler and Hope” operations

Operating scheme:

X TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:______________________

Control system:

£ DC / Block Control    X DCC / System: _Digitrax radion throttle       £ Other: ________________

Communication system:

X 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________  £ None

Number of crew positions _Five to six_

Other important features of operations:

 

#8 Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society's Sierra Central

 

The SMRHS has been rebuilding both their standard gauge and narrow gauge layouts.  They have a website at  http://www.SMRHS.com    You can also see a video of the club layout at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZSDkhzoMeg

 

 

 

 

Lower level track plan for SMRHS standard gauge layout

 

 

  

Upper level track plan for SMRHS standard gauge layout

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Sierra Central
Owner name
Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society
Website
Scale
HO
Multilevel? # of decks
2
Mainline run
1200 feet
Minimum radius
40”
Typical Aisle Width
3’
Benchwork
7 Ply Cabinet Wood
Height
40”-62”
Accessible?
Yes
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
 
SP from Oakland Pier to Sacramento. WP from Sacramento to Keddie. 1940-1960. Late summer scenery.
 
Special Layout Design Features
 
1. Includes original WP Western Division CTC panel. 
2. Ramp track instead of helix. 
3. Mostly handicapped accessible.
4. Main staging is in the middle of the layout.
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
£ Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
Accurately represent SP/WP operations from 1940-1960 on the Sierra Central RR.
 
 
Scenery methods and %
Bragdon Resin, Foam base, some plaster used. Static grass and home-built trees. 75%
 
 
Backdrop: Specific to region
Car Forwarding Scheme
£ Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ Other: __________________
__________________________
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized  
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:_Blend CTC/Warrants___
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    £ DCC / System: _Digitrax______________     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None
Number of crew positions ___16____
Other important features of operations:
 
 

 

Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society Narrow Gauge Layout

 

 

 

 Track plan for SMRHS narrow gauge layout

  

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Sierra Central Narrow Gauge
Owner name
Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society
Website
Scale
HOn3
Multilevel? # of decks
1
Mainline run
200 feet
Minimum radius
24”
Typical Aisle Width
3’
Benchwork
Spline, plywood
Height
40”-62”
Accessible?
Partially
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
Organizes various prototype American narrow gauge roads into one layout. SP, EBT, NCNG, C&S, and Westside Lumber are featured. These scenes make up the Sierra Central Narrow Gauge and the Western Flume and Lumber Co.
Special Layout Design Features
 
Loop to loop with several branches coming off. Several yards support industries. Large mill complex and its railroad (WF&L) operates over Sierra Central to its main logging camp.
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
£ Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
Forward cars over the Sierra Central Narrow Gauge and transfer points. Large purpose of railroad is to depict narrow gauge operations.
Scenery methods and %
 
Mostly finished plaster castings. Some foam used. Many trees are hand-built. Desert to gorge scenery featured. 90%
Backdrops: Specific to Sierra Nevada mountains
Car Forwarding Scheme
£ Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ Other: __________________
__________________________
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized  
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:_Blend CTC/Warrants___
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    £ DCC / System: _­­­­____________________     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None
Number of crew positions ___6____
Other important features of operations:
 
 

 

#9 Dick Pashley's SP Sacramento Mountain Subdivision

 

 

 

 

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Southern Pacific Sacramento Mountain Subdivision
Owner name
Dick Pashley
Website
None
Scale
HO
Multilevel? # of decks
Multilevel but not multi-tier
Mainline run
Double track 560’
Minimum radius
48”
Typical Aisle Width
3’
Benchwork
L girder with spline/homabed roadbed
Height
50” up to 77”
Accessable?
Many steps to enter building
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
 
1948-1950 Donner Pass run from Roseville to Sparks with hidden yards representing Oakland and Ogden. Turntables used at Colfax and Norden for helper operation.
 
 
 
Special Layout Design Features
 
PC controlled touch screen system for displaying occupancy, signal states, & turnout states with ability to control turnouts and routes
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
X Fascia mounted touch screen track diagrams
X Station names on fascia
X Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
X Timetable operations
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
Ops session with timetable daily trains (passenger, mail, thru freights) and in addition, local freights with car card system
 
 
 
 
Scenery methods and %
15% scenery completed
 
 
Backdrop
None done yet
Car Forwarding Scheme
 Car Cards
 
 
Size: 5
35’ X 45’
Dedicated building
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery: 1-2
15% scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme: 4
SP Donner Pass 1948-1950
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
4
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     X CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:______________________
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    X DCC / System: __NCE_______________________     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ X None
Number of crew positions _4-10__________
Other important features of operations:
 
 

 

#10 Dave Houston's SP Rocklin Sub

 

Freelanced version of the SP. Donner and Shasta crossings and Coast Line, Burbank Branch in the 60s.  A walk-in basement in California is not very common, but this one was available (house included) and a dream has become reality. 11X55 feet in size, a double deck freelance prototype layout is nearly complete. Emphasis is on operations with car cards, track warrants, long trains and two person crews. Digitrax and sound in nearly every locomotive makes the scene complete.  Featured in NMRA Magazine December 2010.  See two videos of the railroad at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAipYOUB4nY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp32pbinIPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layout RR Name

Rocklin Sub

Owner name Dave Houston

Website

 

Scale  HO

Multilevel? # of decks 2

Mainline run

4.5 scale miles

Minimum radius  36”

Typical Aisle Width 5’

Benchwork

Girder and spline

Height 36” to 58”

Accessable? Stairs.  Not HDA

Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:

 

SP Coastline to the Sierras.  Freelance prototype

 

 

 

Special Layout Design Features

 

It works!

Documentation, Orientation and Signage:

x Fascia mounted track diagrams

x£ Station names / MPs on fascia

x£ Handout describing layout and

     op session purpose

£ Timetable if appropriate

 

Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session

 

Replicating the prototype

 

 

 

 

Scenery methods and %  Hardshell, castings.  80% complete

 

 

 

Backdrop  Hand painted

Car Forwarding Scheme

x£ Car Cards

£ Switch list

£ Computer generated

£ Tacks or markers on cars

£ Other: __________________

__________________________

 

Size  5

5

500 sq ft. plus

Large home or club sized  X

4

400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’

Garage or basement

3

 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’

Half a garage

2

100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’

Small bedroom

1

50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’

Half a bedroom

 

Scenery  5

5

Full scenery, exceptional detail    X

4

Full scenery

3

 2/3rd

Scenery

2

1/3rd scenery

1

Plywood Central

 

Prototype

/theme 4

5

Full fidelity to prototype

4

Some compromises with prototype or freelance.

3

Attempts to evoke specific era/time

2

Generic era/RR

1

Mix of eras, railroads and
locations

 

Rigorousness 3

5

Tightly structured per prototype.

4

Closely adheres to prototype practice

3

 Purposeful operations

2

Attempts at prototype operations

1

“Holler and Hope” operations

Operating scheme:

£ TT&TO     £ CTC     x£ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:______________________

Control system:

£ DC / Block Control    £ DCC / System: _________________________     £ Other: ________________

Communication system:

£ 5 Channel radio   x£ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________  £ None

Number of crew positions __14_________

Other important features of operations:

 

 

 

 

#11 Ken Draper South Placer Lines

 

 

 

 

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
South Placer Lines
Owner name
Ken Draper
Website
 
Scale
HO
Multilevel? # of decks
3 Level
Mainline run
 
Minimum radius
22 Inch
Typical Aisle Width
30 inches narrowest
Benchwork
Standard wood frame and shelf
Height
35” to 63”
Accessable?
Duck-under w/lift out bridge
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
Circa early 1940’s freelance California shortline.
 
 
 
 
 
Special Layout Design Features
Point to point with staging yards each end, 192 foot mainline run
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
£ Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
To gather a group of modelers together and operate trains in a low pressure environment, To have fun and promote friendships among local modelers.
Scenery methods and % standard screen and plaster
 
Backdrop: None as yet
Car Forwarding Scheme
£ Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ Other: __________________
__________________________
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other: “Mother may I”
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    £ DCC / System: Digitrax     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None
Number of crew positions __Three to six
Other important features of operations:
 
 

 

#12 Ron Kerekes' Central Valley RR

 

Ron has a unique layout housed in a replica depot in his back yard. Over the past 20 years, Ron has built his Central Valley Railroad with the help of a round robin group. The railroad runs over 400' of mainline from Fresno staging to Redding staging. There is an industrial switching railroad in the town of Delta and a shortline railroad at Westwood that serves a lumber and paper mill. Ron enjoys prototype operations and included a lot of industry on this freelanced layout based in the mid '70s. His railroadiana collection that adorns the walls of the depot also makes this a welcoming home layout. Ron is currently converting to DCC from walk around DC.

 

 

 

 

 

#13 Tom Weissgerber's Pacific Northwest Union Pacific

 

Tom's Layout is featured in the May 2011 Railroad Model Craftsman

 

 

 

Layout RR Name: Pacific Northwest

 

Owner name: Tom Weissgerber

Website:   No

 

Scale:   HO

Multilevel? # of decks:                    3 Levels

Mainline run:    420ft

 

Minimum radius: 30”

Typical Aisle Width:  36”

Benchwork: Grid Style

 

Height: Eye and waist level.

Accessible? One step down

Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:

 

This point to point railroad featuring the transition years (1950’s) of Union Pacific's line from Portland to Nampa. Staging represents Seattle, Spokane and Kansa City. The layout is operated mostly by steam, but there are few diesels here and there in service.

 

Prominent features are the Portland Station, Columbia River Gorge, engine servicing facilities, forests, and scratch built structures give this layout top notch quality. 

The layout features two classification yards which all traffic is originated from

 

The layout is located in a large room (15x37) in back of the owner's garage.

 

Special Layout Design Features:

 

This layout has 2 main levels and has a hidden third level for staging.

 

Three large staging areas insure the yards are kept busy classifying outbound trains. There is also a Large Helix monitored via a camera.

 

Remote dispatchers desk with phone, and panel to control train order boards

Documentation, Orientation and Signage:

[X]  Fascia mounted track diagrams

£ Station names / MPs on fascia

£ Handout describing layout and

     op session purpose

[X] Timetable if appropriate

 

Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session

The layout has 80% of the jobs for those operators who like to switch and 20% for those who like to run through trains. A typical operating session runs 3-4 hours.

 

 

 

Scenery methods and %

Almost all of the plywood has been covered with  Screen wire, plaster, dirt, etc. but only 40% has been detailed at a high level.

 

 

Backdrop: painted

Car Forwarding Scheme

[X]  Car Cards

£  Switch list

£  Computer generated

£  Tacks or markers on cars

£  Other: __________________

__________________________

 

Size

XXX 5 XXX

500 sq ft. plus

Large home or club sized

4

400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’

Garage or basement

3

 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’

Half a garage

2

100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’

Small bedroom

1

50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’

Half a bedroom

 

Scenery

5

Full scenery, exceptional detail

4

Full scenery

XXX 3 XXX

 2/3rd

Scenery

2

1/3rd scenery

1

Plywood Central

 

 

 

Prototype

/theme

5

Full fidelity to prototype

4

Some compromises with prototype or freelance.

XXX 3 XXX

Attempts to evoke specific era/time

2

Generic era/RR

1

Mix of eras, railroads and
locations

 

Rigorousness

5

Tightly structured per prototype.

4

Closely adheres to prototype practice

XXX 3 XXX

 Purposeful operations

2

Attempts at prototype operations

1

“Holler and Hope” operations

Operating scheme:

XX  TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:______________________

Control system:

£ DC / Block Control    [XX]  DCC / System: _Digitrax__________     £ Other: ________________

Communication system:

£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio [XX] Telephone £ Other: __________________  £ None

Number of crew positions ___8___

Other important features of operations:

 

Crew:

   1 Dispatch

   2 yards, Albina/Nampa

   1 local crew

   2 local’s

   2 through trains

 

 

 

 

 

 

#14 George Hardy's SPS

 George is still planning his model of the Seattle, Portland and Spokane railroad.  This is where you as Layout Design SIG members and friends can assist with layout design ideas.  Here is a drawing of the space.  We hope to have some Givens and Druthers soon.  Come visit George's layout space and help make his dreams a reality.  He has some tape down on the floor where he thinks he wants his empire, come with your ideas and experience.

 

 

Givens:
Who:
I was born and grew up in Eugene, Oregon in the area where SP&S operated. Traveled in Oregon and Washington where SP&S operated. I have worked in the railroad industry since age 18.
 
SP&S operated on the north bank of the Columbia River from Vancouver, Washington to Spokane, Washington with interchanges with GN and NP at both ends. Also, SP&S operated the Oregon Trunk from Wishram, about 100 miles east of Vancouver, crossing the Columbia River, running across the central Oregon high desert to Bend, Oregon. From there, traffic was handled by the GN, through Klamath Falls, Oregon to a connection at Bieber, California.
 
My layout will attempt to capture the essence of the SP&S from Vancouver to Wishram and the Oregon Trunk to Bend. The layout will include both passenger, through freight and the locals serving on line shippers.
 
What:
SP&S was a regional railroad built to Class 1 standards
SP&S operated passenger trains, through freight and locals
SP&S operated a small fleet of locomotives, both steam and in the diesel era ran both first and second generation Alco switcher and road power.
It is possible to model a complete roster of some types of equipment.
SP&S was owned by GN and NP and had a good deal of hand-me-down equipment. GN steam was forced on SP&S, so prototype reason to have a variety of certain GN steam on the layout
Served the wood products industries, grain trains to Vancouver and Portland and handled overhead traffic particularly for GN on the Oregon Trunk.
 
When:
Steam/diesel transition with late steam and diesels including Alco switchers, RS-3s, FA/FBs and C-424/425 and C-636, streamline and heavyweight passenger trains.
Cut off is March 3, 1970, “M” Day.
 
Where:
Vancouver Washington east to Wishram (major yard) and the Oregon Trunk across the Columbia River south to Bend Oregon.
  
Why:
I grew up as a model railroader with a basement layout.
Saw the SP&S (Oregon Electric) operate into Eugene via street running. One or more locomotive was often spotted near the depot grew up in the area where SP&S operated.
I worked for Southern Pacific in Eugene, and saw SP&S as the “other railroad”.
Later when I was contemplating a couple of SP models as mantle pieces I happened to visit a SP&S modeler fan and learned of all the SP&S models available. I began collecting SP&S models.
 
How:
Layout is in a basement area of nearly 450 square feet with a combination of a shelf layout to minimize depth for family access through space and a central peninsula.
Plan on TT&TO with ABS per prototype.
Operating sessions may include a dispatcher, yard crew/footboard yardmaster, a six or eight road crews and two passenger crews.
 
Druthers:
 
Maximize longer runs between “turn back curves” at the end of peninsula “blobs” or upon reaching wall constraints.
 
Minimize the conflict between the stairway access to the railroad space while maximizing the available railroad space.
 
Minimize conflicts with the extra Bedroom/Bath access while making the best possible use of the remaining railroad space.
 
Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway
     Layout Design Stage
Owner name
 
George Hardy
Address:
2380 Luciana Way
City
Roseville
State
CA
Phone:
(916) 770-5158 cell
Email:
stacystreetnpvet@surewest.net
Zip
95661
Website
N/A
Scale
HO
Multilevel? # of decks
Roughly 3 decks
Mainline run
TBD over 300 feet
Minimum radius
40-inch
Typical Aisle Width
30”-36”
Benchwork
TBD
Height
43 to 65 inches
Accessable? Basement stairs;
Future: Duck-under access at 2 locations
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
SP&S 1st Sub Vancouver to Wishram and Oregon Trunk Joint with UP set in 1950’s -1969.
 
Special Layout Design Features
 
40-miles of prototype specific LDE elements being incorporated into the 200-foot mainline Layout Design scheme
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
TBD – Design is still at the “sketch and change” level
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
Replicate the experience of working prototype SP&S and UP trains thru prototype specific scenes.
 
Scenery methods and %
Currently ZERO as the Design Process proceeds
Car Forwarding Scheme
X Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
X Other: Prototype traffic volumes for each Ops “day”
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized: 15-ft by 35-ft
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
   
 
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Layout Design pre-Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4.5
Near Prototype accurate Design w/some compromises
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
X TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   X ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:______________________
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    X DCC / System: _Digitrax                  £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
X 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None
Number of crew positions _TBD; min five to six_
Other important features of operations: TBD

 

#15 Mitch Valder's NWP 1958

 

 

 
 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name    NWP 1958
 
Owner name Mitch Valder
Website   n/a
 
Scale  N
Multilevel? No, Single 
Mainline run   115 ft
 
Minimum radius   22”
Typical Aisle Width 34”
 
Benchwork   78” Floating Wall w/Cantilevered Shelf
Height 56”
Accessible? Via Stairs
Theme: Trains running through the Redwood Country.  Logging
Prototype: NorthWestern Pacific RR
Era: Fall of 1958
Location: Humboldt County, CA; North End of the NWP
 
 
Special Layout Design Features       - Staging connects both ends of the railroad
- 6.5’ floating wall holds up a cantilevered shelf for scenery and track
- 5 LDE’s
- Open, uncluttered track plan
- Plenty of aisle space to view the layout
- No duckunders
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
£ Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
£ Haven’t got that far
 
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
 
Low-key train ops
 
 
 
Scenery methods and %
- Plywood base
- Blue foam scenery
- Appx 50% complete
Backdrop
- Masonite
Car Forwarding Scheme
£ Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ TBD
__________________________
 
Size
5
500 sf+
Large home or club
4
400 sf
26’ x 11’
Basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3 scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises w/prototype
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other: Still planning
Control system:
£ DCC / System:  Easy DCC   
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ None
Number of crew positions: 4-6
Other important features of operations: 
 
 

 

 

#16 Robert Hoffman's ATSF Hereford Sub

 

The Hereford Sub is a medium sized (approximately 400 square foot) double deck layout devoted to replicating the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe between Clovis, NM and Amarillo, TX in 1983. The railroad faithfully simulates the Santa Fe operations of the time with a high concentration of TOFC, autoracks, unit grain trains and manifest freights running on two main tracks controlled by CTC.

The layout is currently about one third scenicked. Car forwarding is handled with switchlists; locomotives are controlled with Digitrax DCC.

 

 

 

 

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Santa Fe’s Hereford Subdivision
Owner name Robert Hoffman
Website
None
Scale HO
Multilevel? # of decks 2 decks
Mainline run
Unsure
Minimum radius 38”
Typical Aisle Width 3’
Benchwork Various
 
Height Lower level = 32” Upper level unsure.
Accessable?  Not for ADA
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
 
Santa Fe’s Hereford Subdivision between Clovis, NM and Amarillo, TX in 1983. Operationally oriented toward TOFC, automobiles and agricultural traffic. Interchanges with BN.
 
 
 
Special Layout Design Features; Layout features one visible and two hidden staging yards with one large mid layout yard including one active junction. Layout is designed for full nighttime operations.                                     
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
£ Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
1, 2 and 3 with emphasis on 3
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
 
To move traffic destined to or from the Panhandle of Texas as well as through transcontinental traffic.
 
 
 
Scenery methods and %
 
Various methods about 25% finished
 
Backdrop Painted masonite or drywall
Car Forwarding Scheme
£ Car Cards
£ Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ Other: __________________
__________________________
 
Size
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     £ Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:______________________
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    £ DCC / System: _________________________     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None
Number of crew positions ___8________
Other important features of operations:
 
 

 

#17 Dave Stanley's Morada Belt RR

 

The Morada Belt RR is a freelanced railroad set in the transition era with hints of Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, Santa Fe and Union Pacific.  The scenery is definitely western US.  The layout is two and, in some places, three levels.  The lowest level is staging and the climb out of
such, and most of this level is hidden.

 

 

 

 

 

Dave's Layout is inside a purpose built building with appropriate landscaping

 

Older photo showing construction of one of the loops.

 

Another construction photo showing another loop.

 

John Signor painting some of Dave's backdrop.

 

Construction photo of bridge and dam.

 

 Finished photo of bridge and dam.

 

Photo showing foam tunnel construction.  Note depth of scene from backdrop.

 

Layout Evaluation
Layout RR Name
Morada Belt Railway
Owner name
Dave Stanley
Website
 
Scale
HO
Multilevel? # of decks
2 and 3 (in places)
Mainline run
approx 350'
Minimum radius
30"
Typical Aisle Width
26"
Benchwork
L-girder
 
Height
3 to 5 feet
Accessable?
All walk in/no duck-unders; not ADA accessable
Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:
 
Western US, trackage-right line used by SP/WP/ATSF/UP
Transition era
Freelanced western scenery
 
Special Layout Design Features
 
Elevation is gained using three single loop helix and a modest to steep grade 2-4%
Documentation, Orientation and Signage:
£ Fascia mounted track diagrams
£ Station names / MPs on fascia
x Handout describing layout and
     op session purpose
£ Timetable if appropriate
 
Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session
 
Alternate route for Class 1's when their own lines are congested. Will have theme op sessions (ie SP theme: yards and branch will be switched/operated by SP power. Other RR's may detour a train or two, but most traffic will be SP)
 
 
 
Scenery methods and %
Combination of Foam board, Sculptamold, and plaster on wire. About 50% of the scenery is complete.
 
 
Backdrop
Painted by artist John Signor
Car Forwarding Scheme
x Car Cards
x Switch list
£ Computer generated
£ Tacks or markers on cars
£ Other: __________________
__________________________
 
Size
4
5
500 sq ft. plus
Large home or club sized
4
400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’
Garage or basement
3
 200 sq ft. 10’ by 20’
Half a garage
2
100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’
Small bedroom
1
50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’
Half a bedroom
 
Scenery
3
5
Full scenery, exceptional detail
4
Full scenery
3
 2/3rd
Scenery
2
1/3rd scenery
1
Plywood Central
 
Prototype
/theme
3
5
Full fidelity to prototype
4
Some compromises with prototype or freelance.
3
Attempts to evoke specific era/time
2
Generic era/RR
1
Mix of eras, railroads and
locations
 
Rigorousness
4
5
Tightly structured per prototype.
4
Closely adheres to prototype practice
3
 Purposeful operations
2
Attempts at prototype operations
1
“Holler and Hope” operations
Operating scheme:
£ TT&TO     £ CTC     x Track Warrant/DTC   £ ABS/Rule 251     £ Other:______________________
Control system:
£ DC / Block Control    x DCC / System: __CVP/Easy DCC_______________________     £ Other: ________________
Communication system:
£ 5 Channel radio   £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ x None at this time
Number of crew positions ___6________
Other important features of operations:
 
 

 

 

#18 Steve Cavenaugh's WP RR

 

Steve's mushroom layout was featured in the January 2011 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine and can be seen on page 50 of that issue.  Here is the online link to the January issue http://issuu.com/mr-hobbyist/docs/mrh11-01-jan2011-ol?viewMode=presentation&mode=embed

You can see a video of Steve's layout at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv8eomJK4yo

 

 

 

 

Quincy Junction

 

Keddie with a west bound.  Upper level of the Mushroom.

 

 

Quincy's Mill  on Steve's WP Layout.

 

A small bridge in Serpentine Canyon,  lower level of the Mushroom