EXTRA 2011 WEST
2011 NMRA National Convention
July 3 to 9, 2011 - Sacramento, California
The Unconventional Convention

Advance Section Tours

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Layout Tours

AL01 Santa Cruz Bay Click to Order
Friday Afternoon July 1 $30.00 Dep 12:30 PM Ret 5:30 PM
Santa Cruz Bay area. There is also a self-guided tour to these layouts and more, see SAL01.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

HO HOn3 California Central Club California Central Lines
500 sq ft Scenery: 100% Digitrax Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
An HO and HOn3 club layout located in the old Agnew depot, which was built for the South Pacific Coast Railroad. The club runs steam through diesel, and dispatching is done differently according to era. The 1,000 feet of track represents California connections to the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and East. There is a small narrow gauge section. The layout has been featured in Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Guy Cantwell Willoughby Line
13' X 22' Double Deck Scenery: 80% rough, 10% detailed CVP Easy DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/7495
Double deck proto-lanced railroad depicting West Coast steam in the 1950's. Scenes are taken from the Sierra, Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, Hetch-Hetchy and Yosemite Valley railroads. OPs based trackplan with inventive staging and helix design. Equipment features many super detailed and weathered rolling stock. Hardshell is 80% complete, overal scenery completion is 10%, Duck under at 60".
HO HOn3 F. John LaBarba Sonora Pacific & Southern Pacific
20' X 20' Scenery: 90% DC Radio Controlled Average house (1-2 steps) http://fjohnlabarba.com/25401.html
HO/HOn3 layout depicting a California narrow gauge railroad interchanging with the Southern Pacific in the 1940's thru 50's. It is a series of scenes, each with its own theme, set apart effectively by scenic dividers. It features very fine rock work and fantastic scenery. There are freelanced depictions of Los Angeles, Westside Lumber, and a gold mine/mill complex. Featured in Railroad Model Craftsman and in Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette.
HO HOn3 Jim Vail MMR Glenwood & Black Creek NG (and Central California Coast SG)
14 X 33 plus side rooms Scenery: 98% DCC and sound Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The G&BC narrow gauge represents 1/2 of a mountain division. Heavy freight and passenger trains work from and to several staging yards across the 2 1/2% grades over Cumbres pass - most require helpers. In between 8 towns and industries are serviced by peddler freights. There is also a 35 scale mile heavy branch line regularly in use, and a branch and facilities depicting the West Side Lumber Company. The standard gauge loops through the layout and emulates the Southern Pacific. The layout is 98% sceniced.
SAL01 Advanced Section Santa Cruz (self-guided)
Friday Afternoon July 1 $0.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 5:00 PM
Self-guided tour of layouts in the Santa Cruz Bay area. This includes the layouts on AL01, plus a few more that the bus cannot quite reach.
HO HOn3 California Central Club California Central Lines
500 sq ft Scenery: 100% Digitrax Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
An HO and HOn3 club layout located in the old Agnew depot, which was built for the South Pacific Coast Railroad. The club runs steam through diesel, and dispatching is done differently according to era. The 1,000 feet of track represents California connections to the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and East. There is a small narrow gauge section. The layout has been featured in Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Guy Cantwell Willoughby Line
13' X 22' Double Deck Scenery: 80% rough, 10% detailed CVP Easy DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/7495
Double deck proto-lanced railroad depicting West Coast steam in the 1950's. Scenes are taken from the Sierra, Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, Hetch-Hetchy and Yosemite Valley railroads. OPs based trackplan with inventive staging and helix design. Equipment features many super detailed and weathered rolling stock. Hardshell is 80% complete, overal scenery completion is 10%, Duck under at 60".
HO HOn3 F. John LaBarba Sonora Pacific & Southern Pacific
20' X 20' Scenery: 90% DC Radio Controlled Average house (1-2 steps) http://fjohnlabarba.com/25401.html
HO/HOn3 layout depicting a California narrow gauge railroad interchanging with the Southern Pacific in the 1940's thru 50's. It is a series of scenes, each with its own theme, set apart effectively by scenic dividers. It features very fine rock work and fantastic scenery. There are freelanced depictions of Los Angeles, Westside Lumber, and a gold mine/mill complex. Featured in Railroad Model Craftsman and in Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette.
HO HOn3 Jim Vail MMR Glenwood & Black Creek NG (and Central California Coast SG)
14 X 33 plus side rooms Scenery: 98% DCC and sound Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The G&BC narrow gauge represents 1/2 of a mountain division. Heavy freight and passenger trains work from and to several staging yards across the 2 1/2% grades over Cumbres pass - most require helpers. In between 8 towns and industries are serviced by peddler freights. There is also a 35 scale mile heavy branch line regularly in use, and a branch and facilities depicting the West Side Lumber Company. The standard gauge loops through the layout and emulates the Southern Pacific. The layout is 98% sceniced.
SAL02 On the way to the Bay (self-guided)
Friday Afternoon July 1 $0.00 Dep 12:00 PM Ret 5:00 PM
This self-guided tour includes several layouts that are open for touring on your way to Newark for the Advance Section
HO standard guage Charlie Bedard Agassiz Basin Railway
16' x 24' Scenery: 0% Digitrax DCC No hazards
The Agassiz Basin is a proto freelanced bridge railroad in HO scale based upon Canadian National practices of the late 1950's at the very end of the steam era. It is set in summer 1959 when the last steam engines ran in Western Canada. I grew up watching the last of the steam locomotives as I walked to and from school and wanted to capture that memory in model form.

The layout room is 16x24 in my (rare for California) basement. It is a twice around the room design where the track passes through each scene twice. Once as a focal scene and a second time as background or mostly hidden trackage. The "twice around" design allows lots of running time between towns and a mainline of about 225' point to point. There are 2 staging yards. One represents North/South (Winnipeg/Thompson) off layout traffic and the other East/West (Swan River/Saskatoon). Operations is my main interest and the layout is intended to run according to the practices of the late 50's in Canada which is Time Table and Train Orders.

The layout is still very early in its construction. I used CAD to design both the layout and the benchwork. The benchwork is complete and is all made out of 3/4" birch plywood ripped to dimensional sizes. Both staging yards are on "sliders" that allow me to lower the yards 18" down for maintenance or repairs. Track laying has begun and trains are beginning to roll ;-). The layout is controlled using Digitrax DCC.

If you are looking for a beautifully scenicked, fully operating railroad, this is not your place to stop! But if you are interested in the design approach I used, the unusual staging yard design, or other aspects of construction or design, I'd enjoy sharing my experiences with you!

HO Chuck Catania Chittenden, Pajaro and Coyote Railroad
21' x 13' Scenery: 5% Digitrax DCC, C/MRI layout control, custom software Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.cpcrr.org
Models the Southern Pacific Coast Division, Watsonville to San Jose. Bench work is open frame construction with 1/2" plywood sub-roadbed, Atlas Code 83 track on cork roadbed. Tortoise switch machines operate DCC friendly turnouts. Fascia mounted panels, with signaling, provide walk around train and route management using C/MRI hardware and custom software. Digitrax radio throttles are used for locomotive control only. An electrically interlocked swing gate provides access to the center of the layout. Dave Biondi painted the backdrop, which depicts the west foothills along the SP mainline from Coyote to Morgan Hill. Mainline is operational.
G Dave Hartwig Hilary Logging, Lumber & Oil Co
Accessibility unknown/not entered
This railroad has grown -- it now has a service yard as well as a logging camp for its lumber jacks. There are wonderful water features and a well-designed mill pond and more. A point-to-point elevated section has two bridges and a section of trestles. If you haven't got a lot of room, this is a magnificent example of what can be accomplished in a small space.
G Gary Knoth L & G R R (Lucas and Grandpa Railroad)
43' x 62' Scenery: garden Radio controlled track power No hazards
The railroad is built on a raised area surrounded by wooden retaining walls and is fully accessabile for wheelchairs. The layout was started in 2008 and is complete.

The landscaping is maturing nicely. There is a lake fed by a waterfall with an exiting waterfull that empties into a stream which passes under a trestle and a bridge. There are multiple bridges over a dry stream and an 18' long curved trestle.

Two tracks pass through a 6' x 12' storage shed which has a six track yard and multiple shelves for train storage. The power supplies and receivers for train control are also located in the shed.

There are three town areas (Western Town, Castle Town and Lucasville) which are all served by the mainline railroad as well as a trolley line.

HO SVL Club Silicon Valley Lines
72'x23' Scenery: 50% NCE DCC No hazards http://www.siliconvalleylines.com
Founded in 1979, Silicon Valley Lines (SVL) is a freelance HO Scale Model Railroad Club located in San Jose, California. Construction of the current layout began in late 2000 and is located in the basement of an industrial building near downtown San Jose. The railroad occupies a 23' x 72' space, and is a multi-level design built using commercial steel C-channel as a benchwork system with over 600 feet of mainline. The upper level is a single-track division, while much of the lower level is double tracked. The layout features two large operating yards, as a well as ample hidden, yet accessible staging.

We operate using NCE DCC, and utilize Direct Traffic Control (DTC) operating rules.

AL03 Southeast Bay Click to Order
Friday Evening July 1 $30.00 Dep 7:00 PM Ret 11:00 PM
Fremont - Pleasanton. There is also a self-guided tour to these layouts and more, see SAL03.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

HO Jack Burgess MMR Yosemite Valley RR
20 x 20 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.yosemitevalleyrr.com
Jack's layout replicates the prototype Yosemite Valley Railroad circa August 1939 via a multi-deck design. The scenery, scenes, vegetation, and details on the layout all match the prototype. All seven of the YV's prototype locomotive roster circa 1939 are modeled. The rolling stock is a combination of scratchbuilt, resin and styrene kit models and the models reflect the types and ownership of freight cars which might have been on the railroad in the time period being modeled. All 100+ buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt from plans based on photos and available information.

Jack's Yosemite Valley Railroad has been featured in numerous articles in Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Railroad Hobbiset and Great Model Railroads, most recently in the January 2010 edition of Railroad Model Craftsman.

HO Jim Dias Western Pacific
16 x 20 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
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 fidelity to prototype of the scenery has been praised by old WP employees, who readily 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 Craftsman June 1996, July 2000, March 2011, Railmodel Journal May 2000, Model Railroader Sept. 2001 and Model Railroad Hobbyist May-June 2010
HO Fn3 Dave Connery Sierra Carson & Truckee(HO) South West Side Lumber Company(Fn3)
10 x 17 HO and 50 X 40 Garden Scenery: 100% NCE for HO and Radio Control for Fn3 Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Dave has two layouts, an Fn3 Garden Railway in his back yard and an HO layout in a room in his garage.

HO - In a room created in a one car garage space. Era is 1929. Lower level is Sierra Railway and upper level is Virginia & Truckee. Levels connected with helixes. Includes appearances of West Side Lumber Co and Carson & Colorado (HOn3). Numerous scratch-built prototype structures along with kit and bashed scenes.

Fn3 - Relaxing garden setting features an 8' waterfall, scale models of the Bourland and Little Reynolds Creek Bridges (Trestles), scale plantings and numerous scratch built and craftsman kits of rolling stock used on the West Side in the 1920's - 1930's. Motive power is Bachmann geared locomotives re-worked to better replicate specific West Side equipment.

His layouts have been featured in Railroad Model Craftsman in May 2000 and Model Railroader in May 2004.

HO Bob Osborn Chicago & Mackinac Railroad
20' X 22' (two car garage) Scenery: 70% DCC - EasyDCC Wireless Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.cmrailroad.com
C&M purchased the old GR&I line from the PRR and has turned it into a somewhat profitable railroad. Runs from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City, with staging in Fort Wayne. Interchanges with the Soo Line via the RR Ferry at Mackinaw City.

Dispatcher controlled 300' single track mainline with passing sidings. Several towns on the line offer lots of local switching. Mainline through freight and passenger trains keep the local crews on their toes.

Operates using wireless EasyDCC. Car forwarding is CC&WB. Verbal communication with DS via FRS radios. Fast clock & timetable for passenger trains. Basic scenery about 70% complete, but many more details needed. Full crew around 10 operators.

SAL03 Southeast Bay (self-guided)
Friday Evening July 1 $0.00 Dep 7:00 PM Ret 11:00 PM
This self-guided tour includes all of the layouts available on the AL03 tour, plus a few that the bus cannot reach.
HO Jack Burgess MMR Yosemite Valley RR
20 x 20 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.yosemitevalleyrr.com
Jack's layout replicates the prototype Yosemite Valley Railroad circa August 1939 via a multi-deck design. The scenery, scenes, vegetation, and details on the layout all match the prototype. All seven of the YV's prototype locomotive roster circa 1939 are modeled. The rolling stock is a combination of scratchbuilt, resin and styrene kit models and the models reflect the types and ownership of freight cars which might have been on the railroad in the time period being modeled. All 100+ buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt from plans based on photos and available information.

Jack's Yosemite Valley Railroad has been featured in numerous articles in Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Railroad Hobbiset and Great Model Railroads, most recently in the January 2010 edition of Railroad Model Craftsman.

HO HOn3 California Central Club California Central Lines
500 sq ft Scenery: 100% Digitrax Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
An HO and HOn3 club layout located in the old Agnew depot, which was built for the South Pacific Coast Railroad. The club runs steam through diesel, and dispatching is done differently according to era. The 1,000 feet of track represents California connections to the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and East. There is a small narrow gauge section. The layout has been featured in Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Fn3 Dave Connery Sierra Carson & Truckee(HO) South West Side Lumber Company(Fn3)
10 x 17 HO and 50 X 40 Garden Scenery: 100% NCE for HO and Radio Control for Fn3 Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Dave has two layouts, an Fn3 Garden Railway in his back yard and an HO layout in a room in his garage.

HO - In a room created in a one car garage space. Era is 1929. Lower level is Sierra Railway and upper level is Virginia & Truckee. Levels connected with helixes. Includes appearances of West Side Lumber Co and Carson & Colorado (HOn3). Numerous scratch-built prototype structures along with kit and bashed scenes.

Fn3 - Relaxing garden setting features an 8' waterfall, scale models of the Bourland and Little Reynolds Creek Bridges (Trestles), scale plantings and numerous scratch built and craftsman kits of rolling stock used on the West Side in the 1920's - 1930's. Motive power is Bachmann geared locomotives re-worked to better replicate specific West Side equipment.

His layouts have been featured in Railroad Model Craftsman in May 2000 and Model Railroader in May 2004.

HO Jim Dias Western Pacific
16 x 20 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
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 fidelity to prototype of the scenery has been praised by old WP employees, who readily 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 Craftsman June 1996, July 2000, March 2011, Railmodel Journal May 2000, Model Railroader Sept. 2001 and Model Railroad Hobbyist May-June 2010
HO Don Marenzi Copper Pass & Western
19x22 Scenery: 25% CVP's Easy DCC, all wireless Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Based on a route in Alaska that was proposed and surveyed, but never built. The route runs north from port facilities on the Pacific Ocean to the Yukon River. The principle traffic consists of copper, zinc, coal, and forest products. Entry to the layout requires negotiating 3 steps and a 50" high by 20" wide nod-under, so not wheelchair accessible. All aisles 36" or more once inside layout room. Track is 95% complete, scenery 25%
HO Bob Osborn Chicago & Mackinac Railroad
20' X 22' (two car garage) Scenery: 70% DCC - EasyDCC Wireless Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.cmrailroad.com
C&M purchased the old GR&I line from the PRR and has turned it into a somewhat profitable railroad. Runs from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City, with staging in Fort Wayne. Interchanges with the Soo Line via the RR Ferry at Mackinaw City.

Dispatcher controlled 300' single track mainline with passing sidings. Several towns on the line offer lots of local switching. Mainline through freight and passenger trains keep the local crews on their toes.

Operates using wireless EasyDCC. Car forwarding is CC&WB. Verbal communication with DS via FRS radios. Fast clock & timetable for passenger trains. Basic scenery about 70% complete, but many more details needed. Full crew around 10 operators.

HO SVL Club Silicon Valley Lines
72'x23' Scenery: 50% NCE DCC No hazards http://www.siliconvalleylines.com
Founded in 1979, Silicon Valley Lines (SVL) is a freelance HO Scale Model Railroad Club located in San Jose, California. Construction of the current layout began in late 2000 and is located in the basement of an industrial building near downtown San Jose. The railroad occupies a 23' x 72' space, and is a multi-level design built using commercial steel C-channel as a benchwork system with over 600 feet of mainline. The upper level is a single-track division, while much of the lower level is double tracked. The layout features two large operating yards, as a well as ample hidden, yet accessible staging.

We operate using NCE DCC, and utilize Direct Traffic Control (DTC) operating rules.

AL11 Southwest Bay Click to Order
Saturday Morning July 2 $30.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 12:00 PM
San Jose - Los Altos. There is also a self-guided tour to these layouts and more, see SAL11.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

1/4" = 1 ft (On3) Dave Adams D&RGW Durlin Branch
17ft X 27ft Scenery: 90%+ DCC (Easy DCC, radio throttles, Soundraxx DSD and Tsunami sound) Average house (1-2 steps)
The Durlin Branch is a free-lance mountain branch line of the narrow gauge D&RGW fourth division hauling general freight, coal, ore concentrates, livestock and passengers. The branch ties into the San Juan Extension at Chama NM, with Durango CO to the west and Alamosa CO to the east represented by staging. The Durlin branch 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 a large coal mine (stolen from the D&RGW third division) at Flint. Steam locomotives rule with operations augmented by water tank, coal tower, ashpit, stock chute sounds and/or animation. Featured in Model Railroader May 2000, The Finescale Railroader 2003 Narrow Gauge Annual, and Model Railroad Hobbyist April 2011.
HO Rick Fortin ATSF Coast Lines, Fourth District, Valley Division
1240 sq ft, 30ft x 49ft Scenery: 30% Wireless NCE DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
HO Scale proto-freelanced extension of the Santa Fe in the early 1970's from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland; modeled portion runs from the Central Valley town of Chico to McCloud just south of Mt. Shasta in a purpose-built 30' x 49'room. Double deck point to point, mainline 85% complete with approx. 550 feet of track in place, permanent track is all hand laid. 30% sceniced. Dispatcher; interlocking tower; large yard with two switch crews and yardmaster/hostler; small yard with a full time switcher; heavy duty freight with some passenger; local switching; branchline. Wireless NCE DCC; FRS radios; Track Warrants; car cards and waybills. 46"duck under to enter layout during session.
HO Seth Neumann Union Pacific in Niles Canyon
12' x 35' Scenery: 70% NCE DCC Radio Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.bayrails.com/layouts2.php?m=neumann
The layout is set in the East Bay Area in 1999. The railroad represents the former Western Pacific San Jose and 1st Subdivisions, now the UP Niles, Oakland and Milpitas Subdivisions. The railroad is a branchline which supports an Auto plant (NUMMI) and a number of smaller industries.

Dispatching is by TCS (using CATS) which replicates a Digicon console. All signals are repeated on color lite signals above the layout. A unique feature of the layout is that there is no yardmaster, only a clerk. This is because the prototype Milpitas Yard has no permanent switcher. The clerk is responsible for managing the yard and the neighboring NUMMI complex, writing switch lists to instruct the crews where to place cars. All crews do their own work when passing through the yard. We expect the layout to be 70% sceniced by AS X2011W.

HO David Parks Cumberland West
1200 Sq Ft Scenery: 30% Digitrax DCC, Tower controlled interlocking section, telephones Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.bayrails.com/layouts2.php?m=parks
Western Maryland and B&O railroads run side by side in western Maryland and northern West Virginia. Both railroads have major junctions in Cumberland and interchange traffic at several points. The B&O has Color Position Light signals controlled by five towers with touch-screen CTC panels.
SAL11 Southwest Bay (self-guided)
Saturday Morning July 2 $0.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 12:00 PM
This self-guided tour includes all of the layouts of the AL11 bus tour, plus many more that the bus cannot reach, with a tour area focused on the Southwest corner of the Bay Area. You will not likely be able to his all of these layouts, but with the broad selection, you should find a set you can tailor to your interests.
1/4" = 1 ft (On3) Dave Adams D&RGW Durlin Branch
17ft X 27ft Scenery: 90%+ DCC (Easy DCC, radio throttles, Soundraxx DSD and Tsunami sound) Average house (1-2 steps)
The Durlin Branch is a free-lance mountain branch line of the narrow gauge D&RGW fourth division hauling general freight, coal, ore concentrates, livestock and passengers. The branch ties into the San Juan Extension at Chama NM, with Durango CO to the west and Alamosa CO to the east represented by staging. The Durlin branch 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 a large coal mine (stolen from the D&RGW third division) at Flint. Steam locomotives rule with operations augmented by water tank, coal tower, ashpit, stock chute sounds and/or animation. Featured in Model Railroader May 2000, The Finescale Railroader 2003 Narrow Gauge Annual, and Model Railroad Hobbyist April 2011.
HO standard guage Charlie Bedard Agassiz Basin Railway
16' x 24' Scenery: 0% Digitrax DCC No hazards
The Agassiz Basin is a proto freelanced bridge railroad in HO scale based upon Canadian National practices of the late 1950's at the very end of the steam era. It is set in summer 1959 when the last steam engines ran in Western Canada. I grew up watching the last of the steam locomotives as I walked to and from school and wanted to capture that memory in model form.

The layout room is 16x24 in my (rare for California) basement. It is a twice around the room design where the track passes through each scene twice. Once as a focal scene and a second time as background or mostly hidden trackage. The "twice around" design allows lots of running time between towns and a mainline of about 225' point to point. There are 2 staging yards. One represents North/South (Winnipeg/Thompson) off layout traffic and the other East/West (Swan River/Saskatoon). Operations is my main interest and the layout is intended to run according to the practices of the late 50's in Canada which is Time Table and Train Orders.

The layout is still very early in its construction. I used CAD to design both the layout and the benchwork. The benchwork is complete and is all made out of 3/4" birch plywood ripped to dimensional sizes. Both staging yards are on "sliders" that allow me to lower the yards 18" down for maintenance or repairs. Track laying has begun and trains are beginning to roll ;-). The layout is controlled using Digitrax DCC.

If you are looking for a beautifully scenicked, fully operating railroad, this is not your place to stop! But if you are interested in the design approach I used, the unusual staging yard design, or other aspects of construction or design, I'd enjoy sharing my experiences with you!

HO Robert Bowdidge SP Vasona Branch
140 sq ft Scenery: 65% EasyDCC Accessibility unknown/not entered http://vasonabranch.blogspot.com/
SP's Vasona Branch models the Santa Clara Valley in the early 1930's. The layout tries to reproduce actual scenes along the San Jose - Los Gatos - Santa Cruz branch based on photos and Sanborn fire insurance maps.

The layout is a two deck 10' by 14' HO layout in half of a two car garage. Track is complete. Most rough scenery and some finished scenery is in.

Operation focuses on switching the canneries, packing houses, and other industries in the valley; commute trains and freights heading to Santa Cruz also run to add additional traffic. A pair of two-man crews do heavy switching during the session.

Layout control is via EasyDCC wired throttles. Most locomotives are sound-equipped; all locomotives are the small steam engines seen on the actual branch. Much of the layout runs in "yard limits", but signals and informal dispatching control the track over the hill (as on the prototype); a 2:1 fast clock sets the pace of the session. Switching is done from switch lists.

O On3 On30 Bob Brown MMR Tuolumne Forks
25 x34 Scenery: 100% CVP Easy DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Scenery is complete and detailed. The railroad is a logging and tourist line with sawmills and a large hotel set in the Roaring Twenties. I also have an On30 limestone layout with kilns, a stave mill, and cooperage, above my workbench. There is also a collection of pioneer On3 models.
HO Chuck Catania Chittenden, Pajaro and Coyote Railroad
21' x 13' Scenery: 5% Digitrax DCC, C/MRI layout control, custom software Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.cpcrr.org
Models the Southern Pacific Coast Division, Watsonville to San Jose. Bench work is open frame construction with 1/2" plywood sub-roadbed, Atlas Code 83 track on cork roadbed. Tortoise switch machines operate DCC friendly turnouts. Fascia mounted panels, with signaling, provide walk around train and route management using C/MRI hardware and custom software. Digitrax radio throttles are used for locomotive control only. An electrically interlocked swing gate provides access to the center of the layout. Dave Biondi painted the backdrop, which depicts the west foothills along the SP mainline from Coyote to Morgan Hill. Mainline is operational.
HO Rick Fortin ATSF Coast Lines, Fourth District, Valley Division
1240 sq ft, 30ft x 49ft Scenery: 30% Wireless NCE DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
HO Scale proto-freelanced extension of the Santa Fe in the early 1970's from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland; modeled portion runs from the Central Valley town of Chico to McCloud just south of Mt. Shasta in a purpose-built 30' x 49'room. Double deck point to point, mainline 85% complete with approx. 550 feet of track in place, permanent track is all hand laid. 30% sceniced. Dispatcher; interlocking tower; large yard with two switch crews and yardmaster/hostler; small yard with a full time switcher; heavy duty freight with some passenger; local switching; branchline. Wireless NCE DCC; FRS radios; Track Warrants; car cards and waybills. 46"duck under to enter layout during session.
G Chip Gierhart Rhatische Bahn West
2500 sq ft. DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
The RhB West models the Rhaetian Bahn (RhB) Bernina Express from the Chur area in Switzerland over the Alps to Italy. Four tunnels and four waterfalls are surrounded by both Alpine and Mediterranean flora. Plants include varieties of dwarf cypress, spruce and pine at the "Swiss" end of the layout, complemented by colorful perennials at the "Italian" end. Fifteen types of thyme are available for "sniffer"s to smell, along with several oregano and other herbs. DCC powered engines and switches allow several concurrent trains to run. About 1500 sq ft. The track is stainless steel with LGB ties, powered by a Massoth central station and wireless handhelds. All engines and most rolling stock are LGB. The engines have mostly Massoth decoders, some with remote-controlled couplers. The automation is done with decoders from Zimo and Digitrax. Several features remote control features include a gravel loading building loads gravel into hoppers, a hopper that delivers and dumps gravel around the track; a barrel car that dump the barrels; a "Hot Metal" car that dumps water. The walkway is uneven at one point getting into the garden.
HO Michael Laine Virginia City Branch of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad
14 feet x 10 feet Scenery: 100% DC, converting to DCC. No hazards
In the 1860s and 1870s, the venerable Virginia and Truckee Railroad of western Nevada was built to serve the mines and mills of the Comstock Lode, the largest silver deposit discovered in the United States. By the 1930's, the glory days of mining around the once cosmopolitan Viginia City were fading fast and the former V&T mainline to Virgina City was now a lightly used branchline.

This small "California" garage layout is contained in a special room and is 100% sceniced. The layout features dozens of scratchbuilt and kit-bashed buildings and mines depicting Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada. Most of the scenic ground material was also collected from the Virginia City area. The layout was built by myself and Mark Cook specifically for the NMRA National Convention in 2000.

HO Howard Lloyd Claremont Docks Railroad
12' x 12' with 6' extension Scenery: 35% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
My goal is a museum quality diorama of rail-marine activity. All infrastructure built. Ship basin with scratch built pier shed and brick warehouse is completed. Grain elevator and tank farm are yet to come. Very realistic scenery. Lots of highly detailed boats. Layout about 35% complete.
S Sn3 Edward Loizeaux New York Central -- Valley Division
20' x 30' Scenery: 95% DCC Not handicapped accessible
This large S scale layout represents the NYC in the Catskill Mountains in 1948. Steam is resisting diesel pressure to retire early, but is losing the battle. Hauling long freights and fast passenger trains over the mountainous terrain is a routine daily task on this layout. Scenery is 95% complete with a detailed backdrop, huge mountains, tall waterfall, long bridges and an unusual lightning/thunderstorm animation. Industrial areas include a coal mine, logging camp, sawmill, oil refinery and a city area. Not only has this layout been featured in Great Model Railroads in 2005, Model Railroader in November 2008, Model Railroad Hobbyist e-zine in October of 2009 and nmra magazine in September 2010, the layout was also featured on PBS TV's program TRACKS AHEAD.
On3 Howard McKinney Denver Rio Grande & Western RR
7'x19' plus 5'x6' Scenery: 95% Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Howard McKinney's freelance On3 Denver Rio Grande &Western Railroad is a point-to-point railroad running between Victoria, Co. and Notell, Co. The time period being modeled is the late 1930's through the early 1940's. This part of Colorado has no mining, but has lush pine forests which provide timber for the mining industry in the state. Engine turning and servicing facilities exist at both Victoria and Notell. Dual standard and narrow gage trackage at Victoria connects this railroad division with common carrier railroads. Both C&S and RGS equipment can be seen operating on the railroad as both have been given trackage rights on this DRG&W division. Lumber is being harvested from the lush forests of this area. The Sierra Western Co. that also has trackage rights on the railroad is doing the principle logging operation. Logging trains powered by geared locomotives transport logs from the logging camp near Notell to the saw mill at Kerberville which is way to Victoria. Howard's On3 railroad is in a 7 by 19 foot room with 5 by 6 foot dog leg extension. All of the presently planned hand laid narrow and dual gage trackage is complete and operational. Scenery is approximately 95% complete. Many major structures including the coaling tower and sand house at Notell are in place. On his layout is all trains are DCC controlled using the NCE system and essentially all locomotives are Soundtraxx sound equipped. Tsunami Soundtraxx decoders are in most of the locomotives Access to the main room is via a duck under and an additional view of the Notell yard, engine facilities and town is available on a platform through an access window external to his railroad room. Approximately 5 visitors can be accommodated at a time.
O Alf Modine Chicago Northwestern & North Shore Line
16' x 13' Scenery: 70% complete DC No hazards
Chicago and Northwestern & North Shore Line: also includes other Chicago interurban and CSL street cars. 16'x13' in a 2 car garage. Loaded with prize winning models 1940 to 1960 era on display. Layout height: 48"
HO Seth Neumann Union Pacific in Niles Canyon
12' x 35' Scenery: 70% NCE DCC Radio Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.bayrails.com/layouts2.php?m=neumann
The layout is set in the East Bay Area in 1999. The railroad represents the former Western Pacific San Jose and 1st Subdivisions, now the UP Niles, Oakland and Milpitas Subdivisions. The railroad is a branchline which supports an Auto plant (NUMMI) and a number of smaller industries.

Dispatching is by TCS (using CATS) which replicates a Digicon console. All signals are repeated on color lite signals above the layout. A unique feature of the layout is that there is no yardmaster, only a clerk. This is because the prototype Milpitas Yard has no permanent switcher. The clerk is responsible for managing the yard and the neighboring NUMMI complex, writing switch lists to instruct the crews where to place cars. All crews do their own work when passing through the yard. We expect the layout to be 70% sceniced by AS X2011W.

HO David Parks Cumberland West
1200 Sq Ft Scenery: 30% Digitrax DCC, Tower controlled interlocking section, telephones Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.bayrails.com/layouts2.php?m=parks
Western Maryland and B&O railroads run side by side in western Maryland and northern West Virginia. Both railroads have major junctions in Cumberland and interchange traffic at several points. The B&O has Color Position Light signals controlled by five towers with touch-screen CTC panels.
O Gary Schrader ATSF&SP
20' X 40' Scenery: 50% DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Diesel to steam transition, heavy on steam. Emphasis on extreme detailing and smooth running. About 50% sceniced with generic Ca theme. Double track mainline, 6 track passenger station, 13 track yard, and 14 stall roundhouse with 18 garden track. Tsunami sound.
N Gordon Searle Captosoquel & Watsonville RR
14'-6" x 3' to 4'-6" Scenery: 90% Accessibility unknown/not entered
I model Southern Pacific prototype, 1950's era, coast line and Santa Cruz branch line. My layout size if 14'-6" long X 3' at one end and 4'-6" on the other end. How complete is the layout scenery?? Is any layout ever truly complete? Not if the interest is there to transform it into something better! But in all seriousness, layout is in the 90% range for completion. I use 2 DC (MRC) power packs and an Irish temper for running my trains! My rolling stock consists of 1944 FRA freight cars, SP Daylights, Larks, Suntan Special and stainless steel and red letterboards. The power pool consists of Alco PA's (including a super-detailed PA2 conversion) and EMD E9's in Daylight paint scheme, F3 and F7 in black widow, GS4 4449, a pair of SD7s also in black widow scheme. A must-see for any SP fan!
HO N South Bay Historical Railway Society South Bay Historical Railroad Society
HO: 15 x 80 ft. N: 11 x 52 ft. Scenery: 90% HO: DCC. N: DCC and DC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.sbhrs.org
SBHRS operates two model train displays, HO and N-scale layouts in the historic Santa Clara Depot (Opened in 1864). Both layouts include extensive signalling. Like many model railroads, they are works in progress and are undergoing constant change. Both layouts have many handcrafted scenes, such as a winery, dam, two helixes, row homes and a yacht harbor (N-scale) and meat packing, lumber mill, oil storage tanks, plus a replica of the San Jose Southern Pacific Depot, ca 1950 (HO-scale).

Scenery is about 90% complete on both layouts. Handicapped access ramp on track side of depot.

HO Ted Stephens Ohio & Little Kanawha Railroad
10 x 30 Scenery: 30% DCC No hazards
The Ohio & Little Kanawha is a mythical 1950's West Virginia coal hauling railroad that runs around West Virginia with junctions intersecting the C & O and B & O. The railroad runs steam with a few diesel locomotives. The layout has a main yard with an engine terminal which includes a turntable and round house. There are several structures that feature sound. The layout is powered by NCE DCC and all locomotives have sound on-board. All structures are scratch built or craftsman kits with some kits built by Charlie Getz, Scotty Mason, Clark Kooning and Bama Harman. Mainline is 100% complete and scenery about 30% complete. The layout is located in a office complex, not a home in a residential area. The layout has a duckunder entry when trains are in operation.
HO SVL Club Silicon Valley Lines
72'x23' Scenery: 50% NCE DCC No hazards http://www.siliconvalleylines.com
Founded in 1979, Silicon Valley Lines (SVL) is a freelance HO Scale Model Railroad Club located in San Jose, California. Construction of the current layout began in late 2000 and is located in the basement of an industrial building near downtown San Jose. The railroad occupies a 23' x 72' space, and is a multi-level design built using commercial steel C-channel as a benchwork system with over 600 feet of mainline. The upper level is a single-track division, while much of the lower level is double tracked. The layout features two large operating yards, as a well as ample hidden, yet accessible staging.

We operate using NCE DCC, and utilize Direct Traffic Control (DTC) operating rules.

G Ray Turner Mystic Mountain Railroad
100' x 80' Scenery: complete Radio Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.mysticmountainarts.com/MMRR/
A back country shortline loosely set in the early 1900's consisting of 1200' of code 250 Nickel Silver track. The railroad can be run as a single large loop or two smaller loops, with several passing sidings, two small yards, six spurs, a wye and a reversing loop for turning trains, and many tunnels and bridges. The Mountain Division runs over rugged mountains and deep canyons, necessitating many steel bridges, tunnels, and a large, complex helix. A scratch built turntable/roundhouse is located at the North End yard in the Mountain Division. Trains can also be run point-to-point between the two yards. Trains are track and battery-powered, radio controlled using Train Engineer, and Revolution with SoundTraxx sound systems. Realistic train operations can be run for added interest. One unique feature is the use of concrete rock wall castings painted with artist acrylics. A panoramic view of Silicon Valley serves as a natural backdrop to the railroad. Several trains can be operated simultaneously point-to-point or continuously over rugged mountains and through deep canyons (concrete rock castings painted with acrylics). The most recent additions are the Acme manufacturing plant ("Everything for the wily coyote") and the wharf and Mercury Cannery at North End yard. A separate whimsical fairy garden runs a Fairy Train.
AL14 Northeast Bay Click to Order
Saturday Afternoon July 2 $30.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 5:00 PM
Oakland - Pleasant Hill. Return Stop - Jack London Square. There is also a self-guided tour to these layouts and more, see SAL14.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

HO Wayne Floyd
16x22 Scenery: 100% DCC by NCE and/or DC by Aristo-Craft your choice Average house (1-2 steps)
Main line is SP, branch line is Sierra RR up to sawmill, Logging RR to logging camp.
Layout includes:
Two towns, Citrus Grove with SP Station, Ice House and Facilities, Freight Dock, and more and Oak Flat with an SP and Sierra Station and more.
A Engine Yard with Round Table, Five Stall Round House and Machine Shop.
A Logging Mill, Blacksmith Shop and Logging Camp.
A Mine with Head Rig, Boiler House and Black Smith Building.

Note: wheelchair 2 inch riser Duckunder removeable.

N scale Steve Van Meter South West Pacific
44' by 16' Scenery: 75% NCE Radio throttles DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Transition era steam and first generation diesel power in the East Bay. Passenger traffic is still significant business for the railroad when the Southern Pacific was still the "Friendly" railroad.

Piggyback service was inaugurated in 1953, there were yellow reefer blocks, black Overnights, locals, and short commuter runs are found on this railroad. There is also an ectopically placed scenic loop located in the Bay Area.

HO and G Kermit Paul MMR Lone Pine & Tonopah
27 X 44 Scenery: 100% Progressive cab control No hazards
The Lone Pine and Tonopah is an imaginary railroad operating during WWII. Motive power of steam and early diesels run on a single track mainline with reverse loops at both ends and there is a logging branch line.

Kermit is the master of animation and lighting effects which have been featured in the October 1999 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman, and March 2011 Model Railroad Hobbyist. Some of his animation and lighting features include ballroom dancers, a fireworks display scrap metal loading and logs dumping into a millpond.

Kermit also has a Museum of Technology and a Garden Railway for visitors to enjoy while waiting their turn in line for the HO layout.

HO Andy Schnur C&O Alleghany Subdivision
22' x 48' Scenery: 90% DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Main line extends from Alleghany, Virginia to Prince, West Virginia with staging representing Clifton Forge, VA and Handley, WVA. There is a branch line off the main at Prince leading to the town of Raleigh, WVA with three coal mines to work and some industries in the town of Raleigh. Mainline industries include a large power plant, limestone quarry, produce distibuter, lumber mill, lumber yard, and coal dealer. Most online towns have a freight station to work. 5 passenger trains operate during a session as well. Operating sessions, when I have them, last 5 hours with a meal break in the middle.
HO Otis McGee Southern Pacific
22 x 53 plus adjacent dispatcher office Scenery: 40-50% NCE DCC Not handicapped accessible http://www.spshastaroute.com/
This double decked, mushroom style, layout is a model of SP's storied Shasta Division from Redding, CA to Klamath Falls, OR located in a purpose-built 1,200 sq ft loft in the Oakland Hills overlooking San Francisco Bay. The Shasta Division is the last large layout designed by the late and legendary John Armstrong. Operations follow the prototype using a modified 1952 prototype timetable & train orders and CTC. The layout is faithful to the prototype. Car forwarding is by car card and waybills. Trackside maps document the switching areas, and train briefs are provided.

The original John Armstrong design was modified in significant respects, largely to achieve operational goals. For example, sidings and spurs were added or modified to add to operational interest. Some track work was eliminated to create more interesting, and lengthy, runs between modeled towns. Most significantly, the capacity of the designed hidden staging yards at Redding and Klamath Falls were increased from 4 to 7 tracks. Additional staging tracks were added at Weed and lengthened from 8' to nearly 20'. And, additional tracks were installed at the visible lower Dunsmuir yard.

Track is ME rail on CVP tie strips with hand laid turnouts. All mainline track, nearly 400 feet, is installed. Train control is via wireless NCE DCC. The layout is fully signaled from Redding to Black Butte(the CTC section). Computer interface is accomplished using C/MRI hardware and JMRI software. The tone of the layout is casual but purposeful.

The Shasta Division is 40% sceniced with painted backdrops from Redding to Dorris. Many key structures are in place or mocked up, giving the modeled scenes a sense of place For example, the Dunsmuir engine facility and City structures are nearly complete and in place.

The layout accommodates 16 operators including a yard crew of 3, two dispatchers (one CTC and one TT & TO, two TO Operators, and road crews.)

The SP Shasta Division is featured in the April 2005 Model Railroader and Great Model Railroads 2011.

SAL14 Northeast Bay (self-guided)
Saturday Afternoon July 2 $0.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 5:00 PM
This is the self-guided counterpart to tour AL14. This tour includes all of the layouts of AL14 except for Otis McGee's SP Shasta Division. If you want to see Otis' layout, you must take one of the bus tours AL14 or L402. This tour also includes a number of other layouts in the Northeast Bay Area which are not part of the AL14 bus tour. There are too many layouts on this tour for you to expect to see them all, but the variety of layouts should let you put together a pleasant afternoon tour.
HO Antioch Model Railroad Club Black Diamond Lines
1500 sq ft DC and DCC No hazards http://www.blackdiamondlines.org
The Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club began in July 1981 as a group of model railroaders who gathered in the back of a local hobby shop. Later that year, they incorporated as a non-profit organization and in December began work on their first layout, located in the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. In December of 1985, the fairgrounds decided not to renew the club's lease and they we were forced to move to a location obtained through the City of Antioch in May 1986, where the layout remains to this day.

The Black Diamond Lines is an HO scale layout layout that occupies approximately 1500 square feet of space. Track elevation ranges from 46 to 82 inches above floor level. All track is hand-laid on wooden ties, and all turnouts and crossings are hand made in place.

N Bay Area NTRAK Club Bay Area NTRAK
30' x15' Scenery: 60% DCC Not handicapped accessible http://bayarean-trak.org/
Our N-Trak club is the oldest in the San Francisco Bay Area. We follow the NTRAK Modular Railroading Standards, and model any era or road. All are welcome in the club and on the layouts. Our club has both traveling modules and a permanent layout. The Club's Permanent Layout is in the old SP Depot in Crockett, CA. The club's portion of the depot is the left side entering through the large freight doors. The right side, which was the historical passenger section, is a museum dedicated to the area's part in WWII. The C & H Sugar factory can be seen in the background. The Carquinez bridge is just west of the depot. The club room features a large window that can be used for watching the main line rail traffic that passes along the waterfront between the depot and the sugar plant. It can also be used for watching some of the sugar loading operations at the plant. Many trains, from UP freight and container trains, to AMTRAK California passenger trains, go by at regular intervals. DCC is fully functional at the club . We have 3 complete lines running. Our scenery is about 60% complete.
N East Bay Model Engineer Society
25 X 70 Scenery: 90% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The N scale (no name) layout features the SP in Sacramento yard and icing docks, Tehachapi Loop, and magnificent snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains.

O East Bay Model Engineer Society
165 X 30 Scenery: 60% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The O/On3 (no name) is a more free lanced layout and features long mountain bridges, a mine scene and trains which are over 40' long are common!

HO East Bay Model Engineer Society Port Richmond and Truckee
120 X 35 Scenery: 80% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The HO/Hon3 Point Richmond & Truckee features prototype based familiar places including Oakland, Sacramento, Roseville, Elvas Wye, Martinez, Colfax, and Truckee. Tracks gain over 6 feet in elevation as they move from the San Francisco Bay to the Sierra Mountains. Prominent features include Oakland Mole, Oakland 16th St. station, Elvas Wye, and in the Sierras; Long Ravine Bridges, snow sheds and the Chinese Wall. Trains 20' in length and more are common sights.

G Bob Evans Los Arabis Creek Railway Company
50' x 150' Scenery: Real dirt & rocks; miniature planting DC track power with walk around remotes No hazards
A large garden RR that models a mainline railroading during the transition era. The railroad features four mainlines: a double track mainline of approximately 350 feet with wide radius curves and long straight runs; a third 300 foot mainline winds its way up a river canyon and through the mountains; and a fourth 200 foot line features numerous bridges. Unlike many garden railroads, we like to run long passenger and freight trains, pulled by track powered diesel and steam locomotives. The railroad is located in a beautiful setting. It features several tons of rocks, over 100 miniature trees (some trees being 15 years old), a river and pond, many unique structures and detailing, and an uncluttered feel. Backyard is wheelchair accessible, but the path around the layout is gravel.
HO Wayne Floyd
16x22 Scenery: 100% DCC by NCE and/or DC by Aristo-Craft your choice Average house (1-2 steps)
Main line is SP, branch line is Sierra RR up to sawmill, Logging RR to logging camp.
Layout includes:
Two towns, Citrus Grove with SP Station, Ice House and Facilities, Freight Dock, and more and Oak Flat with an SP and Sierra Station and more.
A Engine Yard with Round Table, Five Stall Round House and Machine Shop.
A Logging Mill, Blacksmith Shop and Logging Camp.
A Mine with Head Rig, Boiler House and Black Smith Building.

Note: wheelchair 2 inch riser Duckunder removeable.

G Frank Lucas F&DL RR
Scenery: 100%, well established Track power with hardwired sensors to turnouts Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.lcc-mb.com/CHUG.html
The F&DL RR is a waist-high dog bone with about 150 feet of mainline winding its way through 2 tunnels, under a non-recirculating waterfall, and up a 3% "post and ladder" trestle, which carries it above the village. Two trains run concurrently on the mainline, controlled by hardwired sensors. Track power with a mix of clean LGB brass, dirty LGB brass, and Aristo Stainless. There are a variety of miniature plants along the route, which eventually give way to the 1:1 scale garden at the village loop; and some unusual kit-bashed "stuff". (See Oct 08 Garden Railways.)
On3 Don McKenney Mill Valley Lumber Co. RR
10' by 10' room Scenery: 100% DC, PFM sound Accessibility unknown/not entered
The layout features logging operations around 1900, give or take 10 years, somewhere in northern California. Just about everything on the layout is scratch built, including the big trees. Hand-laid, code 83 rail and stub switches throughout. All equipment operates with link and pin couplers, a variety of Climax and Shay geared locomotives and an 8 ton Porter switching the mill yard. Note: The layout itself pretty much takes over the room - built for me alone operating trains. Which is to say, access is very tight with aisle space that really only allows two folks in at a time and even then you won't be able to pass each other without ducking under!
HO and G Kermit Paul MMR Lone Pine & Tonopah
27 X 44 Scenery: 100% Progressive cab control No hazards
The Lone Pine and Tonopah is an imaginary railroad operating during WWII. Motive power of steam and early diesels run on a single track mainline with reverse loops at both ends and there is a logging branch line.

Kermit is the master of animation and lighting effects which have been featured in the October 1999 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman, and March 2011 Model Railroad Hobbyist. Some of his animation and lighting features include ballroom dancers, a fireworks display scrap metal loading and logs dumping into a millpond.

Kermit also has a Museum of Technology and a Garden Railway for visitors to enjoy while waiting their turn in line for the HO layout.

HO San Leandro Historical Railway Society San Leandro Historical Railway Society
Three Tiered layout Scenery: 95% NCE DCC No hazards http://slhrs.org/
The San Leandro Historical Railway Society operates two model railroads and a railroad museum. The first is a large HO display that depicts the Southern Pacific route from the SF Bay Area over Donner Summit to Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The second is a new garden railroad that consists of both G and O gauge (3-rail) trains. The museum has an excellent collection of railroad china and other artifacts. Construction of the HO scale model railroad display began in 1991. This layout was designed by the famous model railroad track planner, John Armstrong, and was featured in the March 1988 issue of Model Railroader Magazine. Per the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Kalmbach Memorial Library, the SLHRS has the largest HO scale helix in the United States both in height and in diameter. There is over 4,000 feet of track on 3 levels; dozens of switches, and miles of wiring that have been installed by society members. The SLHRS was one of the first large club layouts to convert to DCC. It takes about 45 minutes for a train to travel the entire length of the display at scale speed. Most locomotives and rolling stock are membership owned. The new G&O garden railroad has two gauges: G and O (3-rail). Construction was started in 2007. Loops of G gauge and O gauge track plus a children's area are in operation. The G&O is designed to introduce the public to the model railroading hobby. The SLHRS is housed in the old San Leandro Southern Pacific depot that was built in 1898. It was rescued from destruction by the SLHRS in 1988 and moved to its current location. Construction of the HO layout and the museum was started following three years of restoration work.
HO Andy Schnur C&O Alleghany Subdivision
22' x 48' Scenery: 90% DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Main line extends from Alleghany, Virginia to Prince, West Virginia with staging representing Clifton Forge, VA and Handley, WVA. There is a branch line off the main at Prince leading to the town of Raleigh, WVA with three coal mines to work and some industries in the town of Raleigh. Mainline industries include a large power plant, limestone quarry, produce distibuter, lumber mill, lumber yard, and coal dealer. Most online towns have a freight station to work. 5 passenger trains operate during a session as well. Operating sessions, when I have them, last 5 hours with a meal break in the middle.
N scale Steve Van Meter South West Pacific
44' by 16' Scenery: 75% NCE Radio throttles DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Transition era steam and first generation diesel power in the East Bay. Passenger traffic is still significant business for the railroad when the Southern Pacific was still the "Friendly" railroad.

Piggyback service was inaugurated in 1953, there were yellow reefer blocks, black Overnights, locals, and short commuter runs are found on this railroad. There is also an ectopically placed scenic loop located in the Bay Area.

HO Bob Wirthlin MMR Midland Rockies and Western
10 X 13 Scenery: 95% DC block control Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
This layout is a free-lanced, HO scale set in about 1939, with steam and early diesel locomotives.The track is in a twisted figure-8 pattern, with passing sidings, and a turntable and engine facilities at either end. Overall shape is a "G". The entry from the room door is to a 30" wide aisle. Layout is built of 1"x2" L-girders, on legs at 49" high, with code 83 nickel silver flex-track on Tru-Scale wood rail bed, and grades of 1-2%. Power is DC, with block operating system and signal lights. There are tunnels with entry to hidden tracks. The scenery is over 95% complete, with prairie, mountain, high desert features, and there are mechanical and light animations. Many of the models have won awards.
AL21 Northwest Bay N Layouts and Disney Museum Click to Order
Sunday All Day July 3 $40.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 3:00 PM
This tour is a layout tour with a bonus stop at the Walt Disney Family museum (same as tour AG21). Please do not sign up for both AG21 and AL21 -- they are the same tour!

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the real story of Walt Disney, the man, his work, his legacy of entertainment and love of trains. The Museum is located in the historically preserved Presidio of San Francisco, a former U.S. Army base and now a National Park. The galleries are rooted in an architecturally preserved 19th century barracks. Early animation techniques are shown and historic equipment for movie making is on display. See http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/familymuseum/.

On the way to the Disney Museum the tour will visit three N scale layouts, one of which was featured on the cover of the June 2011 Model Railroader Magazine. After the Museum we will head for the Oakland Amtrak station for those taking the train to Sacramento. The bus will then continue back to the Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

N Jim Bainbridge Livingstone, CA
11' x 14' L-shaped Scenery: 90% Digitrax DCC with Railroad & Co Automation Not handicapped accessible
A modern N scale layout representing a small piece of central California between Stockton and Fresno. This is a freelanced "L" shaped layout that has been built using Kato Unitrack and with completed scenery and structures representing modern America. There is a single mainline with operation opportunities and two staging areas with four tracks each. The layout is fully automated using Digitrax DCC hardware and Railroad & Co. software.
N John & Cindy Petrovitz SP and State Belt
13 x 23 Scenery: 90% DC Accessibility unknown/not entered
The SP and State Belt railroads run along San Francisco's waterfront around the walls of the room. The central peninsula has the NWP with Petaluma, Tiburon and Healdsburg on one side and the Eel River canyon on the other. In San Francisco, Market St has a cable car and the Ferry Building is busy receiving passengers from the PCC's. The State Belt runs along the Embarcadero below Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. The SP at 3rd and Townsend receives the Daylight and Lark plus many commuters. The WP and AT&SF have limited trackage as well. Scenery is about 90% complete on the mid 50's to early 60's layout.
N Mike Blumensaadt Santa Alicia, Harrytown and Pacific Railroad
36ft. X 3-4 ft. with 3ft. X 4ft. peninsula Scenery: 85% DCC No hazards X2011W Facebook Gallery">X2011W Facebook Gallery
The layout is set in western United States depicting the steam to diesel transition era of 1948-1960. Mike's main interest is the streamlined passenger trains of the SP, UP, ATSF and WP. The layout is a freelanced design, with continuous running capability. There is a small yard at one end and a staging and passenger yard at the other end with engine servicing facilities on the peninsula near the passenger yard. The track height is 44 to 55 inches and scenery is 85% complete. Mike's layout is featured in the May 2011 issue of Model Railroader.
SAL21 Northwest Bay (self-guided)
Sunday All Day July 3 $0.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 2:00 PM
This self-guided tour includes a variety of layouts on the San Francisco peninsula open for touring the morning of Sunday July 3. These layouts are generally open a little earlier than the layouts of self-guided tour SAL22, so you may be able to pick and choose among them as you make your way to Sacramento.
N Jim Bainbridge Livingstone, CA
11' x 14' L-shaped Scenery: 90% Digitrax DCC with Railroad & Co Automation Not handicapped accessible
A modern N scale layout representing a small piece of central California between Stockton and Fresno. This is a freelanced "L" shaped layout that has been built using Kato Unitrack and with completed scenery and structures representing modern America. There is a single mainline with operation opportunities and two staging areas with four tracks each. The layout is fully automated using Digitrax DCC hardware and Railroad & Co. software.
N Mike Blumensaadt Santa Alicia, Harrytown and Pacific Railroad
36ft. X 3-4 ft. with 3ft. X 4ft. peninsula Scenery: 85% DCC No hazards X2011W Facebook Gallery">X2011W Facebook Gallery
The layout is set in western United States depicting the steam to diesel transition era of 1948-1960. Mike's main interest is the streamlined passenger trains of the SP, UP, ATSF and WP. The layout is a freelanced design, with continuous running capability. There is a small yard at one end and a staging and passenger yard at the other end with engine servicing facilities on the peninsula near the passenger yard. The track height is 44 to 55 inches and scenery is 85% complete. Mike's layout is featured in the May 2011 issue of Model Railroader.
O Bob Dupont Tall Pine TImber Co
17' x 19' Scenery: 100% Not handicapped accessible
A 17' x 19' fully sceniced O and On3 layout operated by the San Mateo O Gaugers. 30 car O scale freight trains are not uncommon. Lots of super-detailed work trains and circus trains appear. Featured in Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Railroader, NG&SL Gazette, O Scale News, O Scale Railroading, NMRA Bulletin, Coast Dispatcher, PCR Branchline, and Great Model Railroads. Bob started railroading in 1956, started this layout in 1976, has held many NMRA offices, including national President and chaired 2 National Conventions.
On3 Frank Markovich Twain Harte Sonora Pass RR
16' by 20' Scenery: 100% DCC - all sound Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.frankmarkovich.com/Twain%20Harte%20Sonora%20Pass.htm
Layout represents what a logging line might have looked like in the Twain Harte area. Based loosely on the West Side Lumber and Pickering Lumber Companies. But also some inspiration from Mich Cal, Empire State Logging, and other logging companies in the Sierra's near Sonora, CA.

Scenery is complete. Featured in Nov/Dec 2010 Gazette. Also check out Frank's blog about the railroad.

HO Jack McCloskey Colma Pacific RR
24' x 8' Scenery: 99% Complete NCE DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
The Colma Pacific RR was designed and built as a freelanced railfaning layout so I could watch my trainsrun while working at my desk. Measuring 24ft long and 8ft at the widest, the double track folded dogbone loop allows continuous running of two trains, while also allowing a single train to operate on the branch line which serves the a lumber camp and the mine. Era is variable, from 1930s in one area, to 1980s in another. The layout is 99% complete. Enter through the wide gate to the left of the garage. The layout is in the building behind the house.
HO Rich Melconian Santa Fe
Scenery: 70% complete Not handicapped accessible
Rich Melconian's HO layout models the contemporary Santa Fe and also has some steam and Chief passenger trains. The single track mainline and sidings are laid with code 83 rail and #8 switches. The sidings can accommodate trains consisting of twenty five 50 foot freight cars. The two yards have code 70 rail and #6 switches. There are numerous industries with sidings using code 70 and 55 rail. The layout landscape reflects the foothills of California with the mainline elevating to a mountain crossing and descending to a valley area. The scenery is about 70% complete.
G Richard Murray Greenhills Railroad
30' x 50' Scenery: Complete Live Steam No hazards
This live steam layout is situated in a lushly landscaped 35 year old semi-Japanese garden. There are about 200 varieties of plants. The 425' of track go over 14 detailed bridges and through 5' tall mountains. The two waterfalls and Koi pond were designed and built by Jack Verducci. Photos of the layout have appeared frequently in Garden Railways.
N John & Cindy Petrovitz SP and State Belt
13 x 23 Scenery: 90% DC Accessibility unknown/not entered
The SP and State Belt railroads run along San Francisco's waterfront around the walls of the room. The central peninsula has the NWP with Petaluma, Tiburon and Healdsburg on one side and the Eel River canyon on the other. In San Francisco, Market St has a cable car and the Ferry Building is busy receiving passengers from the PCC's. The State Belt runs along the Embarcadero below Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. The SP at 3rd and Townsend receives the Daylight and Lark plus many commuters. The WP and AT&SF have limited trackage as well. Scenery is about 90% complete on the mid 50's to early 60's layout.
O George Solimine Southern Pacific
20'x24' shelf Scenery: 99% complete No hazards
This is a shelf layout around the perimeter of a 20'x24' garage. Scenery is currently about 50% complete. George models the late steam/early diesel era, and various SP steam engines and a few "Black Widow" diesels are featured. The curves are 60" radius. The garage is shared by several old automobiles -- another hobby George enjoys. Check out George's beautifully re-detailed, great running Max Gray AC-9.
SAL22 On the way to X2011W
Sunday All Day July 3 $0.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 3:00 PM
This self-guided tour includes layouts that you can see on Sunday July 3 as you make your way from Newark to the main convention in Sacramento. These layouts are generally open during a slightly later time window than those of tour SAL21, so you can probably see a few layouts from both tours if you wish.
HO Steve Cavanaugh Western Pacific Third Sub
Average house (1-2 steps)
The Railroad is a Mushroom Design running from the foothills at Oroville up through the Feather River Canyon through the Keddie Wye, with a Highline extension up to Crescent Mills and Staging, and into Portola. Leaving the forested, rocky Canyon the Railroad continues east into the Desert, via Reno Junction with the Reno Branch, to Desert Staging and a reversing loop. The year being modeled is spring 1981.
N Bay Area NTRAK Club Bay Area NTRAK
30' x15' Scenery: 60% DCC Not handicapped accessible http://bayarean-trak.org/
Our N-Trak club is the oldest in the San Francisco Bay Area. We follow the NTRAK Modular Railroading Standards, and model any era or road. All are welcome in the club and on the layouts. Our club has both traveling modules and a permanent layout. The Club's Permanent Layout is in the old SP Depot in Crockett, CA. The club's portion of the depot is the left side entering through the large freight doors. The right side, which was the historical passenger section, is a museum dedicated to the area's part in WWII. The C & H Sugar factory can be seen in the background. The Carquinez bridge is just west of the depot. The club room features a large window that can be used for watching the main line rail traffic that passes along the waterfront between the depot and the sugar plant. It can also be used for watching some of the sugar loading operations at the plant. Many trains, from UP freight and container trains, to AMTRAK California passenger trains, go by at regular intervals. DCC is fully functional at the club . We have 3 complete lines running. Our scenery is about 60% complete.
HO Carquinez Model Railroad Society Crockett Central
30 x 60 Scenery: 30% DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.cmrstrainclub.org
The layout represents a portion of the original transcontinental railroad and old Southern Pacific Railroad running between Oakland, CA and Sparks, NV . The timeframe varies from the 1950's to present, allowing both steam and diesel locomotives to be operated through time appropriate scenery on the layout. Notice that the mainline is double tracked allowing operators to swiftly run from destination to destination without stops at sidings to wait for trains to meet and pass. The track is constructed on three levels with two large helixes on opposite corners providing a connection. The "mushroom style" layout is narrow with long tabletops that are stacked like bunk beds. This design provides maximum linear track space without having unrealistic twists back and forth, an undesirable but typical characteristic of older "spaghetti bowl" designs. Code 100 track is used on the 1st level and helixes only, and Code 83 track is used on the rest of the layout. Nominal minimum track radius is 48 inches. Maximum 2% grade is found on the helixes. The club consists of 50 members, is growing and welcomes new members. The UP mainline passes adjacent to the club's second floor location.
N East Bay Model Engineer Society
25 X 70 Scenery: 90% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The N scale (no name) layout features the SP in Sacramento yard and icing docks, Tehachapi Loop, and magnificent snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains.

O East Bay Model Engineer Society
165 X 30 Scenery: 60% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The O/On3 (no name) is a more free lanced layout and features long mountain bridges, a mine scene and trains which are over 40' long are common!

HO East Bay Model Engineer Society Port Richmond and Truckee
120 X 35 Scenery: 80% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The HO/Hon3 Point Richmond & Truckee features prototype based familiar places including Oakland, Sacramento, Roseville, Elvas Wye, Martinez, Colfax, and Truckee. Tracks gain over 6 feet in elevation as they move from the San Francisco Bay to the Sierra Mountains. Prominent features include Oakland Mole, Oakland 16th St. station, Elvas Wye, and in the Sierras; Long Ravine Bridges, snow sheds and the Chinese Wall. Trains 20' in length and more are common sights.

General and Rail Tours

AG11 Military Vehicle Technology Foundation Click to Order
Saturday Morning July 2 $40.00 Dep 8:15 AM Ret 12:00 PM
The Military Vehicle Technology Foundation is one of the largest and most significant collections of historical military vehicles in the world. It is the legacy of Jacques Littlefield and includes both domestic and foreign combat vehicles which have been fully restored to operating condition. The display includes tanks, armored cars, self-propelled artillery, and many other technically significant machines of war. We will have a private and very special tour of this facility. See mvtf.org.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AG12 USS Potomac Click to Order
Saturday Evening July 2 $125.00 Dep 5:15 PM Ret 10:00 PM
The bus departs the Newark Hilton for Jack London Square at 5:15pm. The cruise itself departs from the pier at Jack London Square at 6:00pm.

The former Presidential Yacht of Franklin D. Roosevelt has been chartered for an evening cruise on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary and San Francisco Bay. Guests will wander through the private quarters of the president and experience the ambience of this fully operational historical museum. The evening meal with premium wine, beer and soft drinks is included. See http://usspotomac.org.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AG21 Northwest Bay N Layouts and Disney Museum Click to Order
Sunday All Day July 3 $40.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 3:00 PM
This tour is a combined general-interest and layout tour. For the layouts on this tour, see tour AL21. Please do not sign up for both AG21 and AL21 -- they are the same tour!

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the real story of Walt Disney, the man, his work, his legacy of entertainment and love of trains. The Museum is located in the historically preserved Presidio of San Francisco, a former U.S. Army base and now a National Park. The galleries are rooted in an architecturally preserved 19th century barracks. Early animation techniques are shown and historic equipment for movie making is on display. See http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/familymuseum/.

On the way to the Disney Museum the tour will visit three N scale layouts, one of which was featured on the cover of the June 2011 Model Railroader Magazine. After the Museum we will head for the Oakland Amtrak station for those taking the train to Sacramento. The bus will then continue back to the Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel. See layout tour AL21 for a description of the included layouts.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

Please do not sign up for both AG21 and AL21 -- they are the same tour!

AG21A Amtrak to Sacramento - Via Oakland Jack London Square Click to Order
Sunday Afternoon July 3 $30.00 Dep 3:25 PM Ret 6:00 PM
Arrive Sacramento Station 5:23 PM on Amtrak 736. Transfer from Disney Tour AG21 provided.

This schedule may not allow adequate time for connection with some of the Sacramento evening tours.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AP01 Union Pacific Rail - Oakland Area Facilities Sold Out
Friday Morning July 1 $25.00 Dep 8:30 AM Ret 12:00 PM
Union Pacific has promised us an interesting tour of their facilities in the northern bay area. UP activity centers on the Oakland waterfront where the primary container port resides. UP has inherited all the former SP and WP facilities in the area. Some are only historic bones, but the waterfront remains an important source of traffic. The mainline still runs down the center of the city street at Jack London Square. This tour may also include BNSF facilities, but approval is still pending. See http://portofoakland.com and http://jacklondonsquare.com.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AP02 Lehigh Southwest Cement - Caltrain Maintenance Facility Click to Order
Friday Afternoon July 1 $25.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 6:00 PM
Lehigh Southwest is one of the largest cement quarries and factories on the west coast. The plant was originally constructed in 1939 to supply materials for the Shasta dam. Today it provides more than half of all cement needs for the greater bay area. It is served by Union Pacific Railway with frequent trains grinding up the hill to the Cupertino facility. See http://lehighpermanente.com.

The Caltrain Maintenance Facility (CEMOF) is the bay area service and repair focus for California's state owned passenger train system. It was formerly operated by SP and has been expanded and upgraded to the latest technology and machines. Our tour host will be the Valley Transportation Agency that partners with Cal Trains and Amtrak to provide a top grade regional heavy rail service. Capitol Corridor trains provide frequent service between San Jose and Sacramento. The CC can be used by those wishing to take the train to the main NMRA convention. See http://www.capitolcorridor.org/ and the CEMOF Wikipedia Article.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AP23 Niles Canyon Railway and Amtrak to Sacramento Click to Order
Sunday All Day July 3 $55.00 Dep 10:30 AM Ret 4:00 PM
In 1987 The Pacific Locomotive Association entered into an agreement with Alameda County and began rebuilding the line through Niles Canyon that Southern Pacific had abandoned three years earlier. Operating as the Niles Canyon Railway, association volunteers worked for over a year on the first part of the track reconstruction between Sunol and Brightside and on May 21, 1988, almost 122 years after the first Western Pacific passenger train ran in the canyon, the Pacific Locomotive Association brought railroad passenger operations back to life in Niles Canyon.

Since that time, the Pacific Locomotive Association has extended the line as far as the town of Niles and now boards trains at both ends of the line, at Niles Station and the 1880's depot in Sunol.

After our round-trip ride from Niles to Sunol and back, we will return to the Hilton for you to eat and pick-up luggage prior to moving on the Fremont Amtrak station for the train trip to Sacramento. Tour price includes, bus transportation, Niles Canyon ticket and Amtrak travel.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AT21 Amtrak to Sacramento - Via Fremont Click to Order
Sunday Afternoon July 3 $30.00 Dep 12:15 PM Ret 4:30 PM
Transfer from Fremont Hilton Hotel. Arrives Sacramento Station 3:55PM on Amtrak 734.

This schedule allows adequate time for connection with all of the Sacramento evening Tours.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AT22 Amtrak to Sacramento - Via Fremont Click to Order
Sunday Afternoon July 3 $30.00 Dep 1:30 PM Ret 5:30 PM
Transfer from Fremont Hilton Hotel. Arrives Sacramento Station 5:23 on Amtrak 736.

This schedule may not allow adequate time for connection with some of the Sacramento evening Tours.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

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