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

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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.

L201 SIERRA SUNRISE Click to Order
Monday All Day July 4 $75.00 Dep 7:30 AM Ret 6:30 PM
This tour will first visit two large HO home layouts that are both prototype based and operations oriented. The layouts are located in the Sierra Foothills to the east of Jamestown, CA. After visiting the two layouts the tour will travel to Railtown 1897 in Jamestown and there join Tour P 203 for a BBQ meal, steam train ride and tour of the historic shops. (See description of tour P 203 for more details).
HO Steve Hayes Western Pacific
30 X 56 Scenery: 50% Chubb w/ infared throttles Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://members.bigvalley.net/norma
Layout covers from San Francisco to Salt Lake City with Reno and Tidewater branches. Fully signal with CTC. Computer generated waybill system. 1970 era. 4 large yards. 9 passing sidings. All diesel power. Includes prototypically correct scratch built models of the Oakland and Salt Lake depots (Salt Lake was featured in MR trackside photo section).
HO HOn3 John Zach Sierra Railroad
22 X 65 Scenery: 66% Easy DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.sierrarailroad55.com
Multi - deck layout with over 10 scale miles of Sierra Railroad mainline trackage plus Interchanges with SP and ATSF in Oakdale, Pickering Lumber Co at Standard, WSLCo in Tuolumne and the Hetch Hetchy RR at Hetch Hetchy Jct. Prototypical operations based on 1955 prototype. Base scenery is about 90% done with some finished scenery. Most structures are in place. Layout designed for operations.
L301 EAST BAY BY RAIL Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $85.00 Dep 7:00 AM Ret 5:00 PM
There are two tours into the East Bay from Sacramento in addition to the layout visit opportunities from the Advance Section. In keeping with the Advance Section philosophy of smaller more intimate tours, both use 24 passenger buses once in the Bay Area.

L301 uses Amtrak both directions and L402 arrives in Fremont by bus from Sacramento and returns on Amtrak. Three layouts, Kermit Paul, Jack Burgess and Jim Dias are the same both days. L301 stays in the San Ramon Valley visiting Dave Connery, Bob Osborn and Bob Wirthlin. L402 goes into the Oakland hills to visit Otis McGee, Chuck Oraftik and Andy Schnur.

Both tours will allow for on-your-own lunch breaks in locations with multiple eating options.

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 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.
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.

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
L302 PONY EXPRESS TRAIL Click to Order
Tuesday July 5 $20.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 6:30 PM
US Highway 50 runs from Sacramento in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east at Ocean City, Maryland. Part of the highway follows the old pony express trail from Sacramento over the Sierras. We will only be going a short portion of that route to visit five HO scale layouts, one with a G scale as well.
HO Ron Kerkes Central Valley Railroad
24 X 36 Scenery: 100% Analog No hazards
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.
HO and G Raymond Fernandes Westrac Lines
Battery No hazards
The Ashland and Bridgeport Garden Railroad by Ray and Dianne Fernandes features a lush garden with a waterfall, tunnels, and bridges. The mainline runs about 300 feet through their backyard in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Many miniature pines and flowers are featured for scenery.

Raymond's HO layout is a Western Pacific theme that features industrial switching and interchange with the Southern Pacific on the "Westrac Lines." The layout is MRC DCC and focuses on the transition era with early diesel power and 50's freight equipment.

HO Richard Batho NWP
16 X 9 Scenery: 100 % Analog No hazards
Retired art teacher Richard Batho has focused on the quality of his "atmospheric perspective" backdrops for this Northwestern Pacific layout. The main backdrop features Mount Shasta and the surrounding topography. This fully-sceniced pike represents a fictitious NWP branchline that ran to the base of Mount Shasta. Richard's continuous running dogbone layout uses steam and early diesels to operate. One main staging yard feeds the industries while passenger operation completes the theme and is still a large focus of revenue for the branch.
HO Tom Weissgerber Union Pacific - Columbia River Gorge
15 X 37 Scenery: 50% DCC - Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
This loop to loop railroad features the Union Pacific's Columbia River Gorge in a large room in back of the owner's garage. This layout is superbly detailed with excellent scenes. The engine servicing facilities, forests, and scratch built structures give this layout top notch quality. The layout is operated mostly by steam, but there are few diesels here and there in service. The realistic scenery along the gorge and through The Dalles, Oregon is excellent.
HO Bill Eversult Oahu Sierra
20 X 44 Scenery: 100% DCC No hazards
The Oaho and Sierra runs from Roseville to Truckee over Donner Summit, but this layout also features a narrow gauge line, the Michigan Cal Lumber Co. This second line runs from Camino to Pino Grande. Scratchbuilt lumber mills, the enclosed Truckee roundhouse and the Roseville PFE ice plant are just a few of the highlights on Bill's layout.
L303 AUBURN AND NEVADA CITY Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $40.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
This tour by 24 passenger bus will visit four layouts in the Auburn to Nevada City corridor.
HO Phil Gulley Union Pacific & Summit County RR
30 x 48 Scenery: 75% NCE Average house (1-2 steps)
The Union Pacific and Summit County is multi deck HO scale layout in a 30'x48' purpose-built building. Currently only the Summit County Railroad portion is operational and occupies roughly 30% of the space. The Summit County is a proto-freelance railroad based on the UP's Park City branch, hauling coal, ore and livestock. It connects to Union Pacific's double track transcontinental mainline at Echo. The yet-to-be-built portion models Ogden and the Weber and Echo Canyon portions of UP's trackage. The operating system is TT&TO with telephones for communication. The sound equipped, primarily steam engine roster is controlled with an NCE Radio DCC system. Freight is forwarded with a CC&WB system and all turnouts are Tortoise controlled. Scenery is underway and with a 75% completion goal by the convention.
O Gordon Briggs Timbercreek Railroad
24 x 36 Scenery: 100% Analog Not handicapped accessible
The freelanced Timbercreek Railroad is a branch line off the Southern Pacific RR at Truckee, CA from the East end of the Truckee yard. The SP is only visible at Truckee, the rest of the SP is under the layout as the staging area. The rest of the layout is the Timber Creek Railroad which is the main emphasis, and takes up the whole inside of the building less the Truckee area. Also included is an On3 logging operation that starts at Truckee, CA and ends up in Timber Creek. The railroad includes the towns of Timber Creek, Moss Ridge, and Grizzly Flats. The entire "O-Scale" layout is built to Proto 48 standards. All locomotives and rolling stock have had the wheels changed to Proto Craft wheel sets and/or machined in house by Gordon.
On3 Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model RR Nevada County Narrow Gauge
24 X 60 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC No hazards www.ncngmodelrailroad.org
With the support of the Nevada County Fair Board a group of Nevada County Narrow Gauge enthusiasts formed the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model Railroad in 1983 and renovated an unused building at the County Fairgrounds. This endeavor was assisted by material and monetary contributions from local businesses and in 1985 the railroad was opened to the public. Today the railroad features an onboard wireless mini-camera to provide visitors a passenger eye view of riding the narrow gauge train thru the woodlands of the Nevada County on one of three TV screens placed around the layout.
N Kent Williams Oregon, Washington Navigation & Railway
10 x 24 Scenery: 90% Digitrax DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://ownry.squarespace.com/
The OWNRy (Oregon, Washington Navigation & Railway) is a protolanced N scale layout based in Pacific Northwest. With Portland, Oregon as the major division point, 5 major Class 1 railroads intersected both freight and passenger traffic.

The Union Pacific, delivers freight and passengers to and from Portland and the east coast via La Grande, Oregon. The SP&S (jointly run by both GN and NP) runs from Spokane through Pasco, WA, then along the North Bank to Portland. The Southern Pacific serves as a conduit from Portland to California. Pool traffic runs from Seattle and Tacoma to Portland. The OWNRy also operates a fictional branchline from Yakima and Walla Walla and Lyons Ferry to Pasco, Washington for interchange. 3 yards classify freight for destinations.

CTC is used for track authority on the mainlines with Digitrax DCC for engine control along with car cards and waybills for freight forwarding. It also features several class one passenger trains, including City of Portland, the Daylight, Empire Builder and Northcoast Limited. The trackwork is complete, with scenery about 90% complete.

L304 COLUSA TURN Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $25.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
This tour will visit four layouts and also visit the active restoration of Southern Pacific steam locomotive #2706 by John Manley an Amtrak engineer in Colusa. Between Colusa and Rocklin on the way home, we will stop at Western Depot Hobbies in Yuba City for a barbeque lunch and shopping time.
HO Dennis Drury California Oregon & Western
33 X 10 Scenery: 40% No hazards
The California Oregon and Western is a short line that was spun off by the Southern Pacific in 1984 to provide continuing service to customers remaining on the Modoc line after the SP was granted permission to abandon it. The layout is being constructed to represent the line from the SP/BN interchange at Klamath Falls then running to Alturas, CA. The layout was designed for Operations using 3rdPlanit and uses Digitrax Radio along with JMRI for control. In addition, the Operations module of JMRI is used as the car management / forwarding system. As a former railroader Dennis has created a layout that operates like the prototype it represents. The layout is scheduled for publication in the LDSIG Journal coming out in May or June. The JMRI portion was discussed in episode 129 of the Model Rail Cast Show.
HO Walt Schedler SP Black Butte Sub
24 X 42 Scenery: 15% NCE Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The 1955 SP Dunsmuir Shasta Division layout has four levels and is viewed from the main floor or elevated walkways. It is a loop to loop to loop design and features three main line freights and three passenger trains: the Klamath Mail Train, the Cascade and the Shasta Daylight. Presently there are about 300 feet of track. When completed there will be over 10 scale miles (600 feet) of main line. Level One staging is at Gerber, under the peninsula, about 40 inches off the floor. Level One also includes the Gerber, Red Bluff and Redding stations. Level Two has Dunsmuir, at 55 inches above the floor. It is the main viewing point as you enter the room. It is built to mostly exact scale, using the SP drawings for trackage and buildings. The Dunsmuir South yard is at 44 inches and holds about 360 cars. From Dunsmuir, through the Sacramento River Canyon, you travel over 250 feet as you pass through Small, Cantara Loop, Mott, Azalea, and arrive at Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta has an interchange with McCloud River Lumber Co. - then continuing on to the third level, you reach the Black Butte Wye. From here it splits to either the Siskiyou Line, which takes you to the lumber town of Weed, or head straight through to Grass Lake and the Klamath Falls Staging yard. Once you reach Grass Lake, you have traveled almost 10 scale miles.
O Richard Hosmer Picket Fence Antiques
10 X 14 Scenery: 20% Analog No hazards
A 16' x 12' "dog-bone" layout is O-gauge high rail, set in no particular locale, during the age of steam. It will be an expanded re-creation of the more detailed toy train layouts of the 1940s. Motive power is entirely Gilbert American Flyer from the 1939-1942 period.

It is in 3/16" scale, using castings nearly identical to the two-rail Flyer "S" gauge designs made after the war. At least one example of every locomotive type made by Gilbert is displayed, and most run. At this time, Lionel did not manufacture either a 4-8-4, or an 0-8-0. Passenger equipment is also Flyer from that period, and is diecast. These foot-long 12-wheel cars were available in just two colors, Tuscan (much less common) and dark green. I choose not to run any Flyer tinplate. Freight equipment is Marx 3/16" scale tinplate from the 1940s and 1950s, chosen over similar Flyer items, due to possessing far superior graphics. Flyer did make some very nice diecast freights, but weight becomes a serious issue for any consist over 4-5 cars. The change to Marx required that tender trucks be replaced on the freight haulers, due to coupler incompatibility. The layout is operated as it would have been back in the days - no fancy electronics, smoke or sound systems. What little automation exists, such as anti-derailing at the crossovers, is accomplished with insulated rails and hard wiring.

1 to 1 John Manley SP Prototype
No hazards
John is an Amtrak engineer who has undertaken the restoration of a Southern Pacific steam locomotive to operating condition. At this stop we will get to meet John and see the work he is doing to put SP #2706, a C-8 consolidation (2-8-0) back into operation. John has recently completed erecting a new shed to hold the locomotive during this process. In addition to the tender from #2706 John also has two other SP tenders on the property.
Western Depot Hobbies
No hazards http://www.westerndepot.com/
The largest "trains only" hobby store in California north of Sacramento, Western Depot Hobby, will be our meal stop, with a BBQ lunch and a chance to peruse the stores over $2 million in model railroading inventory.
HO David Clemens Idaho-Montana Railway & Navigation Co
15 X 19 Scenery: 75% Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
The IMR&N replicates prototype UP/MILW/GN railroad operations between Spokane, WA and Plummer, ID. Prototype trains, locales and activities are included. Operation is by TT&TO using modified prototype paperwork. Scenery is completed and equipment is weathered for a prototypical appearance.
N Mitch Valder NWP 1959
11 X 26 Scenery: 33% Easy DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The North Western Pacific Railroad, located on California's isolated northern coast, ran through some of America's most resplendent settings. Mitch's layout, located in a downstairs 700 square foot bonus room, depicts 20 miles of the Redwood Route's Northern Division. Multiple unit freights, locals, and the Redwood passenger train run from the docks of Eureka to the redwood forest at McCann, just as they did in 1958. An additional scene portrays a section of the Eel River Canyon. This free-standing layout is built on a 3/4 wall system with a cantilevered shelf. The 115 foot mainline features both code 40 and code 55 rail with turnout sizes from 7 to 14. Easy DCC powers the system. About 50% of the scenery is done, though the dark fascia framing the entire layout gives it a nicely finished look. There are over 500 trees in the forest area alone. Highly detailed SD-7s with working Mars lights highlight the motive power. This N scale project has been published in the NMRA Magazine in July 2011 and Model Railroader magazines.
L305 NARROW GAUGE Click to Order
Tuesday July 5 $20.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 7:30 PM
This tour features seven narrow gauge layouts (two at one location) in a wide assortment of scales. In addition the SMRHS layout has a standard gauge HO layout in an adjoining room.
HOn3 Terry Schmidt Denver & Welch River Southern
13 x 13 Scenery: 90% Digitrax DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Terry's freelanced HOn3 layout is based on D&RGW and RGS equipment and locations. Features include sound equipped locomotives and nearly complete scenery. The modeled yard is based on Chama, Colorado and the layout includes a mirror image of Ophir, CO.
O meter Joel Segel Cobre Mining Co.
40 X 60 Scenery: 100% garden Battery No hazards
O Meter Gauge [Narrow Gauge] with a 288 foot main line and a small yard and branch line. The Main Line winds and loops through backyard. Track built with Code 148 and Code 160 rail. Trains are Swiss Narrow Gauge & Freelace Narrow Gauge Mining.
HOn3 Larry Moll
16 X 20 Scenery: 50% DC Not handicapped accessible
The presently under construction freelance narrow gauge layouts are based on the logging and mining areas of the northwestern United States.

The HOn3 layout is a point-to-point design with three different starting locations. There are two logging sites and a mining district with six mines. Passing various rural stops the trains travel down hill to a lumber mill and town at a "Dog Hole" bay on the Pacific Ocean. One of the logging sites utilizes dual gauge track to allow the running of standard gauge geared locomotives. Both the HOn3 and Std gauge engines are serviced at the main yard and shops using a dual gauge turntable. Logs hauled on standard gauge equipment are not interchanged for shipment to the mill but "dumped" down a bluff similar to the prototypical operations at Caspar Lumber Co, in Mendocino, CA. The mining district is modeled to represent activity during one of Nevada's boom cycles. Grades to the mining and timber areas are steep, well over 10% on many sections. Trains are controlled by three wireless throttles using nine blocks and DC power.

Housed in a separate room, Larry's second layout represents a lush mountainous lumber and mining community. Beginning and ending in a yard, trains run on a half dog bone track plan through scenic timberlands of the coastal regions of Oregon and Washington. Trains are powered using Digitrax.

On30 Larry Moll
10 X 10 Scenery: 50% Digitrax DCC Not handicapped accessible
The presently under construction freelance narrow gauge layouts are based on the logging and mining areas of the northwestern United States.

Larry's On3 layout represents a lush mountainous lumber and mining community. Beginning and ending in a yard, trains run on a half dog bone track plan through scenic timberlands of the coastal regions of Oregon and Washington. Trains are powered using Digitrax.

There is a separate HOn3 layout in another room which is a point-to-point design with three different starting locations. There are two logging sites and a mining district with six mines. Passing various rural stops the trains travel down hill to a lumber mill and town at a "Dog Hole" bay on the Pacific Ocean. One of the logging sites utilizes dual gauge track to allow the running of standard gauge geared locomotives. Both the HOn3 and Std gauge engines are serviced at the main yard and shops using a dual gauge turntable. Logs hauled on standard gauge equipment are not interchanged for shipment to the mill but "dumped" down a bluff similar to the prototypical operations at Caspar Lumber Co, in Mendocino, CA. The mining district is modeled to represent activity during one of Nevada's boom cycles. Grades to the mining and timber areas are steep, well over 10% on many sections. Trains are controlled by three wireless throttles using nine blocks and DC power.

On30 Bill Iwan Red Rock Green River
10 X 20 Scenery: 100% Lenz DCC Not handicapped accessible
Red Rock Green River is a freelance layout loosely based on the D&RGW maintenance yard in Chama NM, RGS and the Silverton branch canyons of the San Juan mountains. Bill's layout consists of an over and under lazy eight with walk into the center and has multiple animations with ambient sound and lighting. This layout was featured in the 2009 On30 Annual.
HOn3 Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central (NG)
14 X 35 Scenery: 66% DC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Sierra Central Narrow Gauge is a loop to loop railroad with several branches connecting lumber camps, mines, and oil fields to the mainline. The railroad's location is freelanced, but scenes are themed around prototypes such as the East Broad Top Orbisonia Shops, Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Owenyo Transfer Trestle, and Westside Lumber Camp 7. With most scenes finished and detailed, the layout is in full operation. The main aisle of the layout is handicapped accessible. This is one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California.
L350 TUESDAY SELF GUIDED - TICKET AND DIRECTIONS PACKAGE Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $4.00 Dep 10:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
We are offering non-bus alternative layout openings on a daily basis. In general layouts open on bus tours will not be open for self-guided at the same time. Some will not be open for self-guided at any time, and others will only be available as open self-guided. Except for Friday evening tours, tickets are good for the entire day, but individual layouts are only open in the time window indicated by the layout owner. It is your responsibility to be aware of the hours a layout owner is available before leaving for a particular destination.

Directions packages will include a listing of addresses for entry in a GPS or internet maping system, including notations of known system glitches. Pricing for self-guided tours assumes very few people go alone and not everyone requires a directions package. Therefore, two ticket classifcations are available for each daily package; a ticket and directions package and ticket only for additional people in your party. The 50 suffix tours include directions packages and the 51 suffix tours are ticket only.

The owners open for self-guided tours on Tuesday are:

US-50 East of Sacramento
Richard Batho 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bill Eversult noon to 8:00 pm
Raymond Fernandes noon to 6:00 pm
Ron Kerekes 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Rick Neet 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - self guided only
Steve Polkinghorn 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm -

Don Rosa 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm - self guided only
Terry Schmidt 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Joel Segel 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tom Weissgerber 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Interstate-80 Northeast of Sacramento
Dave Clemens 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Phil Gulley noon to 4:00 pm
Larry Moll 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sacramento Model RR Historical Society 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Mitch Valder 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Nevada City (CA 49 North of Auburn)
Kent Williams 9:00 am to noon
Gordon Briggs 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
NCNG Historical Project noon to 4:00 pm

Interstate-5 North of Sacramento
Dennis Drury 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Richard Hosmer 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Paul Mendez 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - self guided only
Walt Shedler 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

HO Richard Batho NWP
16 X 9 Scenery: 100 % Analog No hazards
Retired art teacher Richard Batho has focused on the quality of his "atmospheric perspective" backdrops for this Northwestern Pacific layout. The main backdrop features Mount Shasta and the surrounding topography. This fully-sceniced pike represents a fictitious NWP branchline that ran to the base of Mount Shasta. Richard's continuous running dogbone layout uses steam and early diesels to operate. One main staging yard feeds the industries while passenger operation completes the theme and is still a large focus of revenue for the branch.
HO Bill Eversult Oahu Sierra
20 X 44 Scenery: 100% DCC No hazards
The Oaho and Sierra runs from Roseville to Truckee over Donner Summit, but this layout also features a narrow gauge line, the Michigan Cal Lumber Co. This second line runs from Camino to Pino Grande. Scratchbuilt lumber mills, the enclosed Truckee roundhouse and the Roseville PFE ice plant are just a few of the highlights on Bill's layout.
HO and G Raymond Fernandes Westrac Lines
Battery No hazards
The Ashland and Bridgeport Garden Railroad by Ray and Dianne Fernandes features a lush garden with a waterfall, tunnels, and bridges. The mainline runs about 300 feet through their backyard in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Many miniature pines and flowers are featured for scenery.

Raymond's HO layout is a Western Pacific theme that features industrial switching and interchange with the Southern Pacific on the "Westrac Lines." The layout is MRC DCC and focuses on the transition era with early diesel power and 50's freight equipment.

HO Ron Kerkes Central Valley Railroad
24 X 36 Scenery: 100% Analog No hazards
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.
Sn3 Rick Neet Crystal Pass & Pacific RR
15 X 35 Scenery: 10% Analog with PBL sound switching to DCC Not handicapped accessible
Rick is building his Crystal Pass & Pacific in a room over a three car garage as a freelanced narrow gauge railroad that follows the Colorado prototypes of the Rio Grande Southern and Denver & Rio Grande. Set in the time period of the late 1920's to early thirties only steam locomotives ply the rails of this re-creation of southwestern Colorado. Short trains, high mountains, mines, trestles and tunnels are the rule. Since the recent acquisition of the Crystal Pass & Pacific by the D & RGW you'll see a mix of both line's equipment on the railroad.

Since the scenery is in it's early stages here's a good opportunity to inspect some of the basics of layout construction including L girder framework, modified spline roadbed (Rick calls it "speed spline"), Geodesic scenery, turnout installation, etc.

O On2 On3 On30 Steve Polkinghorn San Juan Railroad
22 X 33 Scenery: 60% DC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The San Juan Railroad is built in O scale and features four different gauges, O Standard gauge, On2, On3 and On30 narrow gauges. The layout is set in Colorado and is dated in the 1920's with mining as the primary theme. The main yard features both the standard gauge and the start of a 3' line leading to the mountain division and a mining area where there is a 2' mining line. At both ends there are several dual gauge turnouts. There is an area modeled after Georgetown loop with a similar high bridge and a Forks Creek area, named "Spoon Brick". Locomotives are all steam pulling wood cars. Scenery is well along and the backdrop painting is about half done.
American Flyer Don Rosa
16 X 22 Scenery: 0% Accessibility unknown/not entered af2rail@att.net
Don's 16'x22' "center of room layout" is under construction. The layout will blend traditional American Flyer with hi-rail modeling and scenery.

Prior to starting the layout after recently moving, Don constructed over 600 feet of shelving on the walls of his 25 X 40 foot train room to display his extensive (twenty five years worth) collection of American Flyer "S" Gauge trains. He also has a token representation of AF HO, O and Standard gauge trains and accessories and other catalogued and non-catalogued displayed, as well as Gilbert paper, and selections from Colber and Plasticville.

Besides the train collection, Don has a 1/64 scale toy vehicle and Ertl farm implement collection and his wife, Sue's, collection of A.C. Gilbert electrical appliances on display. Most of these items are rarely seen on display.

O meter Joel Segel Cobre Mining Co.
40 X 60 Scenery: 100% garden Battery No hazards
O Meter Gauge [Narrow Gauge] with a 288 foot main line and a small yard and branch line. The Main Line winds and loops through backyard. Track built with Code 148 and Code 160 rail. Trains are Swiss Narrow Gauge & Freelace Narrow Gauge Mining.
HO Tom Weissgerber Union Pacific - Columbia River Gorge
15 X 37 Scenery: 50% DCC - Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
This loop to loop railroad features the Union Pacific's Columbia River Gorge in a large room in back of the owner's garage. This layout is superbly detailed with excellent scenes. The engine servicing facilities, forests, and scratch built structures give this layout top notch quality. The layout is operated mostly by steam, but there are few diesels here and there in service. The realistic scenery along the gorge and through The Dalles, Oregon is excellent.
HO Phil Gulley Union Pacific & Summit County RR
30 x 48 Scenery: 75% NCE Average house (1-2 steps)
The Union Pacific and Summit County is multi deck HO scale layout in a 30'x48' purpose-built building. Currently only the Summit County Railroad portion is operational and occupies roughly 30% of the space. The Summit County is a proto-freelance railroad based on the UP's Park City branch, hauling coal, ore and livestock. It connects to Union Pacific's double track transcontinental mainline at Echo. The yet-to-be-built portion models Ogden and the Weber and Echo Canyon portions of UP's trackage. The operating system is TT&TO with telephones for communication. The sound equipped, primarily steam engine roster is controlled with an NCE Radio DCC system. Freight is forwarded with a CC&WB system and all turnouts are Tortoise controlled. Scenery is underway and with a 75% completion goal by the convention.
HOn3 Larry Moll
16 X 20 Scenery: 50% DC Not handicapped accessible
The presently under construction freelance narrow gauge layouts are based on the logging and mining areas of the northwestern United States.

The HOn3 layout is a point-to-point design with three different starting locations. There are two logging sites and a mining district with six mines. Passing various rural stops the trains travel down hill to a lumber mill and town at a "Dog Hole" bay on the Pacific Ocean. One of the logging sites utilizes dual gauge track to allow the running of standard gauge geared locomotives. Both the HOn3 and Std gauge engines are serviced at the main yard and shops using a dual gauge turntable. Logs hauled on standard gauge equipment are not interchanged for shipment to the mill but "dumped" down a bluff similar to the prototypical operations at Caspar Lumber Co, in Mendocino, CA. The mining district is modeled to represent activity during one of Nevada's boom cycles. Grades to the mining and timber areas are steep, well over 10% on many sections. Trains are controlled by three wireless throttles using nine blocks and DC power.

Housed in a separate room, Larry's second layout represents a lush mountainous lumber and mining community. Beginning and ending in a yard, trains run on a half dog bone track plan through scenic timberlands of the coastal regions of Oregon and Washington. Trains are powered using Digitrax.

HOn3 Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central (NG)
14 X 35 Scenery: 66% DC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Sierra Central Narrow Gauge is a loop to loop railroad with several branches connecting lumber camps, mines, and oil fields to the mainline. The railroad's location is freelanced, but scenes are themed around prototypes such as the East Broad Top Orbisonia Shops, Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Owenyo Transfer Trestle, and Westside Lumber Camp 7. With most scenes finished and detailed, the layout is in full operation. The main aisle of the layout is handicapped accessible. This is one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California.
N Mitch Valder NWP 1959
11 X 26 Scenery: 33% Easy DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The North Western Pacific Railroad, located on California's isolated northern coast, ran through some of America's most resplendent settings. Mitch's layout, located in a downstairs 700 square foot bonus room, depicts 20 miles of the Redwood Route's Northern Division. Multiple unit freights, locals, and the Redwood passenger train run from the docks of Eureka to the redwood forest at McCann, just as they did in 1958. An additional scene portrays a section of the Eel River Canyon. This free-standing layout is built on a 3/4 wall system with a cantilevered shelf. The 115 foot mainline features both code 40 and code 55 rail with turnout sizes from 7 to 14. Easy DCC powers the system. About 50% of the scenery is done, though the dark fascia framing the entire layout gives it a nicely finished look. There are over 500 trees in the forest area alone. Highly detailed SD-7s with working Mars lights highlight the motive power. This N scale project has been published in the NMRA Magazine in July 2011 and Model Railroader magazines.
HO Dennis Drury California Oregon & Western
33 X 10 Scenery: 40% No hazards
The California Oregon and Western is a short line that was spun off by the Southern Pacific in 1984 to provide continuing service to customers remaining on the Modoc line after the SP was granted permission to abandon it. The layout is being constructed to represent the line from the SP/BN interchange at Klamath Falls then running to Alturas, CA. The layout was designed for Operations using 3rdPlanit and uses Digitrax Radio along with JMRI for control. In addition, the Operations module of JMRI is used as the car management / forwarding system. As a former railroader Dennis has created a layout that operates like the prototype it represents. The layout is scheduled for publication in the LDSIG Journal coming out in May or June. The JMRI portion was discussed in episode 129 of the Model Rail Cast Show.
O Richard Hosmer Picket Fence Antiques
10 X 14 Scenery: 20% Analog No hazards
A 16' x 12' "dog-bone" layout is O-gauge high rail, set in no particular locale, during the age of steam. It will be an expanded re-creation of the more detailed toy train layouts of the 1940s. Motive power is entirely Gilbert American Flyer from the 1939-1942 period.

It is in 3/16" scale, using castings nearly identical to the two-rail Flyer "S" gauge designs made after the war. At least one example of every locomotive type made by Gilbert is displayed, and most run. At this time, Lionel did not manufacture either a 4-8-4, or an 0-8-0. Passenger equipment is also Flyer from that period, and is diecast. These foot-long 12-wheel cars were available in just two colors, Tuscan (much less common) and dark green. I choose not to run any Flyer tinplate. Freight equipment is Marx 3/16" scale tinplate from the 1940s and 1950s, chosen over similar Flyer items, due to possessing far superior graphics. Flyer did make some very nice diecast freights, but weight becomes a serious issue for any consist over 4-5 cars. The change to Marx required that tender trucks be replaced on the freight haulers, due to coupler incompatibility. The layout is operated as it would have been back in the days - no fancy electronics, smoke or sound systems. What little automation exists, such as anti-derailing at the crossovers, is accomplished with insulated rails and hard wiring.

HO Walt Schedler SP Black Butte Sub
24 X 42 Scenery: 15% NCE Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The 1955 SP Dunsmuir Shasta Division layout has four levels and is viewed from the main floor or elevated walkways. It is a loop to loop to loop design and features three main line freights and three passenger trains: the Klamath Mail Train, the Cascade and the Shasta Daylight. Presently there are about 300 feet of track. When completed there will be over 10 scale miles (600 feet) of main line. Level One staging is at Gerber, under the peninsula, about 40 inches off the floor. Level One also includes the Gerber, Red Bluff and Redding stations. Level Two has Dunsmuir, at 55 inches above the floor. It is the main viewing point as you enter the room. It is built to mostly exact scale, using the SP drawings for trackage and buildings. The Dunsmuir South yard is at 44 inches and holds about 360 cars. From Dunsmuir, through the Sacramento River Canyon, you travel over 250 feet as you pass through Small, Cantara Loop, Mott, Azalea, and arrive at Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta has an interchange with McCloud River Lumber Co. - then continuing on to the third level, you reach the Black Butte Wye. From here it splits to either the Siskiyou Line, which takes you to the lumber town of Weed, or head straight through to Grass Lake and the Klamath Falls Staging yard. Once you reach Grass Lake, you have traveled almost 10 scale miles.
O Gordon Briggs Timbercreek Railroad
24 x 36 Scenery: 100% Analog Not handicapped accessible
The freelanced Timbercreek Railroad is a branch line off the Southern Pacific RR at Truckee, CA from the East end of the Truckee yard. The SP is only visible at Truckee, the rest of the SP is under the layout as the staging area. The rest of the layout is the Timber Creek Railroad which is the main emphasis, and takes up the whole inside of the building less the Truckee area. Also included is an On3 logging operation that starts at Truckee, CA and ends up in Timber Creek. The railroad includes the towns of Timber Creek, Moss Ridge, and Grizzly Flats. The entire "O-Scale" layout is built to Proto 48 standards. All locomotives and rolling stock have had the wheels changed to Proto Craft wheel sets and/or machined in house by Gordon.
On3 Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model RR Nevada County Narrow Gauge
24 X 60 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC No hazards www.ncngmodelrailroad.org
With the support of the Nevada County Fair Board a group of Nevada County Narrow Gauge enthusiasts formed the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model Railroad in 1983 and renovated an unused building at the County Fairgrounds. This endeavor was assisted by material and monetary contributions from local businesses and in 1985 the railroad was opened to the public. Today the railroad features an onboard wireless mini-camera to provide visitors a passenger eye view of riding the narrow gauge train thru the woodlands of the Nevada County on one of three TV screens placed around the layout.
L351 TUESDAY SELF GUIDED - ADDITIONAL TICKET Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $2.00 Dep 10:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
Additional ticket for L350.

L401 S SCALE LAYOUT TOUR AND TRAIN RIDES Click to Order
Wednesday All Day July 6 $55.00 Dep 7:00 AM Ret 6:00 PM
This tour is comprised of three S-scale layouts and two train rides. It departs Sacramento on Amtrak, transfers to Bay Area Rapid Transit(BART) in Richmond, CA and boards a bus in Fremont, CA to tour the layouts. Although open to all convention attendees, it is limited to 55 participants and priority will be given to NASG members in the event of an oversold situation.

Lunch will be on-your-own at a shopping center with multiple restaurant and fast-food options in conjunction with the layout viewing at Don Harper's.

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.
Sn3 Don Harper Harper Valley
13 X 20 Scenery: 100% Analog Not handicapped accessible
Don's aptly named Harper Valley is a freelanced, fully sceniced bi-level Sn3 layout. Don says he builds what likes. And we like what he builds, especially his fifty plus scratch built structures. The Harper Valley has been seen in Model Railroading in March 1988, Model Railroad Craftsman in April 1990 and June 2004, 3/16 Scale Model Railroading in June 1991, Great Model Railroads in 1999 and Narrow Gauge Gazette in April 2004.
S Arden Goehring
40x40 DC or DCC Not handicapped accessible
Arden's large 40x40 layout is designed to pull long forty car Union Pacific trains behind Big-Boys, Challengers and Turbines between Laramie, WY and Sherman Hill. His large mountain scenery runs from 48 to 88 inches in height and is geographically correct for the line he models. This layout has a double tracked main, with 1% grades and center passing sidings. Arden's layout can run either DC or DCC.
L402 EAST BAY HALF TRACK Click to Order
Wednesday All Day July 6 $85.00 Dep 7:30 AM Ret 5:00 PM
There are two tours into the East Bay from Sacramento in addition to the layout visit opportunities from the Advance Section. In keeping with the Advance Section philosophy of smaller more intimate tours, both use 24 passenger buses once in the Bay Area.

L301 uses Amtrak both directions and L402 arrives in Fremont by bus from Sacramento and returns on Amtrak. Three layouts, Kermit Paul, Jack Burgess and Jim Dias are the same both days. L301 stays in the San Ramon Valley visiting Dave Connery, Bob Osborn and Bob Wirthlin. L402 goes into the Oakland hills to visit Otis McGee, Chuck Oraftik and Andy Schnur.

Both tours will allow for on-your-own luch breaks in locations with multiple eating options.

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 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.

HO Chuck Oraftik New York Central
16 X 24 Scenery: 20% Analog Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Chuck's representation of the New York Central in Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts in June in the early 1950's. Passenger and freight and steam and diesel all run in this transition era. Scenery is a balance of 80% heavily detailed and mostly kit-bashed Urban Pittsfied with the remainder of the layout about 20% detailed. In the midst of scenery building, Chuck is converting from Analog to NCE DCC for control.

Although New York Central may seem out of place for a California layout, it represents the owner's childhood memories and his early modeling as a member of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Model Railroad Society in Albany, NY.

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.
L403 PETALUMA AND SANTA ROSA Click to Order
Wednesday All Day July 6 $25.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
This tour will visit several layouts in each city. There will be a meal break between the two at Santa Rosa's Railroad Square where participants can visit the restored Northwestern Pacific depot and associated NWP exhibit in addition to dining in a restaurant or deli within easy walking distance of the depot. The three layouts in Petaluma will operate in a "round robin" with part of the bus at each layout on a rotating basis. Ed Merrin's layout in Santa Rosa requires a hike uphill on a long driveway.
On3 Steve Skold Whiskeytown & Shasta
18X19 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Steve's narrow gauge Whiskeytown and Shasta is located in the area West of Redding, California along Clear Creek from Old Shasta through Whiskeytown to French Gulch. It services the mines of the Tree Frog Mining Company and the livestock from the OC Cattle Company. The line connects with the standard gauge Anderson & Bella Vista with a further connection with the SP to the outside world. Quartz is mined and shipped to the copper smelter at Kennett. On the West end is the connection with the Trinity Southern which provides mine timbers and lumber. Trains are short with 4 or 5 cars and a caboose and small engines 4-6-0 and 2-8-0.
HO Ed Merrin NWP
12 x 17 Scenery: 50% Lenz DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Layout is a depiction of the NWP running through Sonoma and Mendocino counties about 1958. It is double decked, connected by helix, with staging yards on a third level underneath. It is designed to be operated in a prototypical fashion, with trains and scheduling based on a prototype timetable. Most motive power are SD7s as per the real NWP of the time. Scenery is about half finished, with painted backdrops and blue foam covered with drywall "mud" and Sculptamold. Power is through a Lenz DCC system. A number of the locomotives are sound equipped.
HO Ernie Simard Western Pacific
12 X 30 Scenery: 66% Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
Ernie's Western Pacific HO layout represents that railroad's operation from Bieber, California to Salt Lake City. It occupies a three car garage and is designed for operations.
HO Verne Alexander Colville, Republic and Palouse (CRAP)
13 X 13, 5 levels Scenery: 65% NCE Radio DCC Not handicapped accessible
The Colville, Republic and Palouse Railroad (CRAP)

The CRAP is a walk-in HO scale proto-freelance linear railroad representing Eastern Washington during the wartime harvest season of 1944. The layout is contained within a 13' X 13' air-conditioned room constructed within a two car garage. It consists of five levels of track, on 2.3 decks. The vertical rise is from 32" in Pullman to 68" in Republic. Industrial areas of the city of Spokane occupy two decks, connected by a helix, along one side of the room. The track North out of Spokane resembles Great Northern's Kettle Falls branch, running through mountains and forests and servicing the mining, logging and cattle industries. The track South out of Garry (Lower Spokane) resembles Northern Pacific's Palouse and Lewiston branch. It rambles through nearly treeless rolling hills of wheat, and services the many trackside elevators and canneries along the line. Basically the CRAP gathers the natural resources from the "Inland Empire" and transports them to Spokane, where they are interchanged outside the layout room to one of the four transcontinental and two regional railroads that have a Spokane presence. Thirty cars per operating session are interchanged off the layout, and are replaced by thirty cars of processed food, manufactured goods and machinery from the other railroads. There is no overhead traffic on the CRAP - staging is in the form of six car cuts of interchange traffic. Motive power is small steam of early 20th century vintage and is nearly all equipped with sound. Train length is six cars, and all trains have a lot of switching to do. There are ten towns in addition to the two large areas of Spokane. Passenger service is by two motor cars. There are eleven trains per session, with the North and South Turns and the Woods and Mine trains frequently running twice. A session lasts something over four hours. Control is by NCE radio. The layout's maximum use of vertical space, 30'; deep decks and use of outside-of-the-room staging and industries make it one of the largest small layouts in existence. Aisle space is very limited. An operating crew of six pretty well fills it up! The environment is rustic.

HO Angus McDonald Petaluma Valley
20 X 40 Scenery: 100% DCC North Coast Special adaptations for handicapped
Angus MacDonald's HO scale Petaluma Valley RR, is a freelance RR in its own 20' x 40' handicap accessible building. Trains run around the outside walls on a triple folded loop ending at the "Y" entrance to the inner peninsula (the 18' x 5' yard). Completely sceniced, with more super detailing still being added, Angus' scratch built automatic bascule bridge is only one of the many scenes that shouldn't be missed. Check the interior of the winery warehouse, the farm and the stock yards!
L404 MODESTO Cancelled
Wednesday All Day July 6 $25.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
Two of the layouts on this tour were built by professional railroaders and one is undergoing a major expansion giving this trip a unique flavor. Lunch is on-your-own at a location not as yet determined.
HO Dave Stanley Morada Belt
20 X 20 Scenery: 50% DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Dave's Morada Belt is HO scale, set in the 1950's with 360 feet of mainline (not all of it installed yet) as well as a 35-foot branch line (yet to be installed). Track is commercial code 83 and code 70, a "point to loop" design with 30" minimum radius on the main track, one staging and two working yards. The main yard is still under construction. Scenery ranges from Tehachapi-style semi-arid to sandstone cliffs (reminiscent of Eagles Nest, Montana on the Milwaukee Road) to the Sierra Nevada foothills. Backdrops were painted by noted artist and book author John Signor. It is a trackage-rights operated bridge line used by several of the large western carriers of the 1950's, utilized when their own corridors are congested. This is a model railroad designed by a real-life railroader for operating sessions, without sacrificing the scenic beauty of the west.
HO Mike McReynolds Hangtown and Grizzley Ridge
20 X 20 Scenery: 100% Digitrax DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
A freelanced layout with an emphasis on tongue and cheek humor based on 28 plus years of prototype railroad experience. The time frame is 1960's to 1970's. The layout is on two levels and includes industrial areas, logging and desert scenery. There is a continuous loop with islands for industries. Mike uses a computer generated switch list for operating sessions.
HO Les Gregory Central Sierra Pass Railway
21 X 24 Scenery: 21 X 24 NCE radio DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Not too long ago, Les acquired a neighboring room for his railroad to expand and evolved a mature, nearly complete model of a Sierra inspired railroad into a very strong representation of much of the Sierra Railroad. The trackage grew from approx. 150 ft to approx. 350 ft of main line, and the railroads 4 or 5 regular operators gained a heightened sense that they are repeating history on the Sierra Railroad. Les' layout has areas of interest to almost all visitors.
HO HOn3 Tom Milam Wolf Creek Railway of California
10 X 24 Scenery: 70% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
An HO scale Shortline steam railroad set in 1927, Tom's Wolf Creek Railway of California is located in the foothills of California. He has many scratch built structures, wooden truss rod cars and a few custom built brass locomotives following Sierra Railway prototypes. Tom has a strong interest in operations using JMRI's (DecoderPro) switch list program. His point to point design, interchanges with his son's Buffalo Creek & Grizzley Ridge Railway, another small point to point layout. Some dual gauge trackage. Above the Wolf Creek HO layout is the start of an HOn3 layout, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (Nevada City, track only no scenery). All in all this is an HO scale empire, short trains battling steep grades, floods, fights, Indian raids and sometimes not being able to leave the station at all.
L406 ROCKLIN ROCKET Click to Order
Wednesday July 6 $20.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 7:00 PM
A six layout tour with a wide range of geographies and unique features that is enhanced by the proximity to the convention center and minimal travel time.
HO Dave Houston Southern Pacific Rocklin Sub
55 X 14 Scenery: 100% Digitrax DCC Not handicapped accessible
This fully sceniced "Rocklin Subdivision" layout features a double deck design with reverse loop staging yards at both ends. Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoders fill the room with realistic prime movers and SP light packages. The layout was designed both for operations and long passenger trains. The impressive passenger terminal is home to many western name trains. Focuses on the transition era. Dave's layout was featured in NMRA Magazine December 2010.
HO Hugo Solano Southwest RR - a Division of the Santa Fe
11 X 20 Scenery: 60% Both analog and digital Not handicapped accessible
This HO layout features three main functions for viewers to see; passenger train service and operations, logging and milling representation, and lumber and mining operations. Lumber Mill Company is named "Falling Timber Lumber Co." The mine name is "Cash Mine Operations". The owner and modeler's motto is: 'The Unlimited possibilities of a free lancing layout and limitless use of imagination to recreate Real Life.' Both analog and digital. Special "bonus feature" in the backyard.
G Sandy Wilson Wilson's Trains
50 X 30 Analog No hazards
This G Scale layout has several draw and lift bridges running throughout the interior of Sandy's home. Computerized automation control is run from a laptop and routes are forwarded and digitally choreographed. Computer controlled speed by detecting analog voltage through I/O cards. Runs from staging in family room down the hallway, through the kitchen, and back into staging. Is a must-see for modelers interested in electronic train forwarding.
HO Mark Brown Southern Pacific Third & Townsend
16 X 10 Scenery: 40% Digitrax DCC No hazards
The Southern Pacific Third and Townsend St. Depot located in San Francisco has been replicated by award-winning SP Prototype Modeler Mark Brown. Mark has replicated the depot, platform tracks, and the Fourth Street tower in his garage. The diorama is almost to scale and features custom double slip switches and crossovers to match SP prototype. All structures built so far are completely scratch built.
On30 Scott Robertson Never Done and Always Changing
16 X 18 Scenery: 80% Digitrax DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Scott's freelanced "Never Done and Always Changing" railroad moves freight, passengers and various commodities from the mountains to the sea. His layout includes fully detailed mountain scenery, small towns, and a port city, with emphasis on scenery and structures. Lots of details and mini-scenes are worked in around the layout. Simple loop track plan using code 100 PECO On30 track. Scott was featured in the Nov-Dec 2010 Narrow Gauge Gazette and the 2011 On30 Annual.
HO Errol Spangler Oregon Railway and Navigation
30 X 15 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Average house (1-2 steps) oscaller@aol.com
This is an HO scale layout that centers in The Dalles, Oregon running both East and West from that point. It is a single track railroad with passing sidings. All trains running from The Dalles wind their way into the hidden staging area located directly under the yard at The Dalles. While not specifically sceniced for the prototype, place names are taken from the area modeled. Industries along the way include a large lumber mill with its own railroad climbing into the forest, an oil refinery, a rock quarry, and a rail barge load out. Most scenes are highly detailed and extra care has been put into making sure most structures are lit and have interior detail such as the saw mill and log pond. Errol's layout focuses on the transition era.
L450 WEDNESDAY SELF GUIDED TICKET AND DIRECTIONS PACKAGE Click to Order
Wednesday All Day July 6 $4.00 Dep 10:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
We are offering non-bus alternative layout openings on a daily basis. In general layouts open on bus tours will not be open for self-guided at the same time. Some will not be open for self-guided at any time, and others will only be available as open self-guided. Except for Friday evening tours, tickets are good for the entire day, but individual layouts are only open in the time window indicated by the layout owner. It is your responsibility to be aware of the hours a layout owner is available before leaving for a particular destination.

Directions packages will include a listing of addresses for entry in a GPS or internet maping system, including notations of known system glitches. Pricing for self-guided tours assumes very few people go alone and not everyone requires a directions package. Therefore, two ticket classifcations are available for each daily package; a ticket and directions package and ticket only for additional people in your party. The 50 suffix tours include directions packages and the 51 suffix tours are ticket only.

The owners open for self guided tours on Wednesday are:

Interstate-80 Northeast of Sacramento
Mark Brown 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Dave Houston 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Earl Martin - 10:00 to 2:00 - self guided only
Hugo Solano 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Errol Spangler 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sandy Wilson

Nevada City (CA 49 North of Auburn)
Gordon Briggs
NCNG Historical Project
Kent Williams 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Sonoma County (North of San Francisco)
Verne Alexander 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dave Croshere 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - self guided only
Ron Kaiser 10:00 am to 6:00 pm - self guided only
Ron Learn 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm - self guided only
Angus McDonald
Ed Merrin 11:00am to 5:00 pm
Ernie Simard
Steve Skold 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Inerstate-5 North of Sacramento
Richard Hosmer
Walt Schedler

Interstate 5 South of Sacramento
Steve Cavanaugh noon to 6:00 pm - self guided only
Robert Hoffman 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Mike McReynolds noon to 5:00 pm - self guided only
Tom Milam noon to 5:00 pm - self guided only
Dave Stanley 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mariposa, Sonora and Twaine Hart
Paul Claffey 11:00 am to 5:00 pm - self guided only
Tom Davis 11:00 am to 5:00 pm - seld guided only
Steve Hayes
Bob Jakl 11:00 am to 5:00 - self guided only
Ray Price 11:00 am to 5:00 - self guided only
Glenn Sutherland 11:00 am to 5:00 - self guided only
John Zach

HO Mark Brown Southern Pacific Third & Townsend
16 X 10 Scenery: 40% Digitrax DCC No hazards
The Southern Pacific Third and Townsend St. Depot located in San Francisco has been replicated by award-winning SP Prototype Modeler Mark Brown. Mark has replicated the depot, platform tracks, and the Fourth Street tower in his garage. The diorama is almost to scale and features custom double slip switches and crossovers to match SP prototype. All structures built so far are completely scratch built.
HO Dave Houston Southern Pacific Rocklin Sub
55 X 14 Scenery: 100% Digitrax DCC Not handicapped accessible
This fully sceniced "Rocklin Subdivision" layout features a double deck design with reverse loop staging yards at both ends. Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoders fill the room with realistic prime movers and SP light packages. The layout was designed both for operations and long passenger trains. The impressive passenger terminal is home to many western name trains. Focuses on the transition era. Dave's layout was featured in NMRA Magazine December 2010.
Fn3 Earl and Jody Martin Thunder Valley Narrow Gauge Railway
350 feet Garden Railway Live Steam and Onboard Battery No hazards
Earl and Jody's Thunder Valley Narrow Gauge Railway is an attempt to re-create a small railway built to serve the people and several industries of 1920s to 1930s "Gold Country", California. Being a small railway, locomotives, cars, buildings, industries, and structures are necessarily small and compact. Freight cars are four and eight wheel ore cars, quarry cars, and general freight cars. Passenger business is handled by combines run as mixed trains and a railbus. The railway also runs periodic excursion trains for special occasions. There is also a small excursion railway running through a botanical garden.

Built in FN3 Scale, with about 350 feet of track, the railway uses both live steam and onboard battery powered locomotives, radio controlled. The battery powered locomotives and a railbus also have electronic sound. Track is Llagas Creek code 215 rail, ties, and switches laid on granite "dust" ballast.

As a Garden Railway, most of the railway is outside. There is a town, a saw mill, locomotive facilities, some "whistle stops", and a small stream running to a dam with two gold mines and a quarry on a switchback. Grades on the railway are up to 8%. Trees are "in scale", living Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Cypress, and Rosemary, as well as verbena, and several ground covers. Earl has enjoyed model railroading for more than sixty five years, always modeling small, believable railways that "might have been". So like real railways, the TVNG has a past. It evolved from his Thunder Valley Tram begun about 50 years ago. The Tram (although On20 Scale at that time) began as a small back woods railway and very narrow gauge (20 inch), serving mines and a small community. As business got better and loads got heavier, tracks were widened to ON3 and eventually evolved into the Fn3 Thunder Valley Narrow Gauge Railway of today.

HO Hugo Solano Southwest RR - a Division of the Santa Fe
11 X 20 Scenery: 60% Both analog and digital Not handicapped accessible
This HO layout features three main functions for viewers to see; passenger train service and operations, logging and milling representation, and lumber and mining operations. Lumber Mill Company is named "Falling Timber Lumber Co." The mine name is "Cash Mine Operations". The owner and modeler's motto is: 'The Unlimited possibilities of a free lancing layout and limitless use of imagination to recreate Real Life.' Both analog and digital. Special "bonus feature" in the backyard.
HO Errol Spangler Oregon Railway and Navigation
30 X 15 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Average house (1-2 steps) oscaller@aol.com
This is an HO scale layout that centers in The Dalles, Oregon running both East and West from that point. It is a single track railroad with passing sidings. All trains running from The Dalles wind their way into the hidden staging area located directly under the yard at The Dalles. While not specifically sceniced for the prototype, place names are taken from the area modeled. Industries along the way include a large lumber mill with its own railroad climbing into the forest, an oil refinery, a rock quarry, and a rail barge load out. Most scenes are highly detailed and extra care has been put into making sure most structures are lit and have interior detail such as the saw mill and log pond. Errol's layout focuses on the transition era.
G Sandy Wilson Wilson's Trains
50 X 30 Analog No hazards
This G Scale layout has several draw and lift bridges running throughout the interior of Sandy's home. Computerized automation control is run from a laptop and routes are forwarded and digitally choreographed. Computer controlled speed by detecting analog voltage through I/O cards. Runs from staging in family room down the hallway, through the kitchen, and back into staging. Is a must-see for modelers interested in electronic train forwarding.
O Gordon Briggs Timbercreek Railroad
24 x 36 Scenery: 100% Analog Not handicapped accessible
The freelanced Timbercreek Railroad is a branch line off the Southern Pacific RR at Truckee, CA from the East end of the Truckee yard. The SP is only visible at Truckee, the rest of the SP is under the layout as the staging area. The rest of the layout is the Timber Creek Railroad which is the main emphasis, and takes up the whole inside of the building less the Truckee area. Also included is an On3 logging operation that starts at Truckee, CA and ends up in Timber Creek. The railroad includes the towns of Timber Creek, Moss Ridge, and Grizzly Flats. The entire "O-Scale" layout is built to Proto 48 standards. All locomotives and rolling stock have had the wheels changed to Proto Craft wheel sets and/or machined in house by Gordon.
On3 Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model RR Nevada County Narrow Gauge
24 X 60 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC No hazards www.ncngmodelrailroad.org
With the support of the Nevada County Fair Board a group of Nevada County Narrow Gauge enthusiasts formed the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model Railroad in 1983 and renovated an unused building at the County Fairgrounds. This endeavor was assisted by material and monetary contributions from local businesses and in 1985 the railroad was opened to the public. Today the railroad features an onboard wireless mini-camera to provide visitors a passenger eye view of riding the narrow gauge train thru the woodlands of the Nevada County on one of three TV screens placed around the layout.
N Kent Williams Oregon, Washington Navigation & Railway
10 x 24 Scenery: 90% Digitrax DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://ownry.squarespace.com/
The OWNRy (Oregon, Washington Navigation & Railway) is a protolanced N scale layout based in Pacific Northwest. With Portland, Oregon as the major division point, 5 major Class 1 railroads intersected both freight and passenger traffic.

The Union Pacific, delivers freight and passengers to and from Portland and the east coast via La Grande, Oregon. The SP&S (jointly run by both GN and NP) runs from Spokane through Pasco, WA, then along the North Bank to Portland. The Southern Pacific serves as a conduit from Portland to California. Pool traffic runs from Seattle and Tacoma to Portland. The OWNRy also operates a fictional branchline from Yakima and Walla Walla and Lyons Ferry to Pasco, Washington for interchange. 3 yards classify freight for destinations.

CTC is used for track authority on the mainlines with Digitrax DCC for engine control along with car cards and waybills for freight forwarding. It also features several class one passenger trains, including City of Portland, the Daylight, Empire Builder and Northcoast Limited. The trackwork is complete, with scenery about 90% complete.

HO Verne Alexander Colville, Republic and Palouse (CRAP)
13 X 13, 5 levels Scenery: 65% NCE Radio DCC Not handicapped accessible
The Colville, Republic and Palouse Railroad (CRAP)

The CRAP is a walk-in HO scale proto-freelance linear railroad representing Eastern Washington during the wartime harvest season of 1944. The layout is contained within a 13' X 13' air-conditioned room constructed within a two car garage. It consists of five levels of track, on 2.3 decks. The vertical rise is from 32" in Pullman to 68" in Republic. Industrial areas of the city of Spokane occupy two decks, connected by a helix, along one side of the room. The track North out of Spokane resembles Great Northern's Kettle Falls branch, running through mountains and forests and servicing the mining, logging and cattle industries. The track South out of Garry (Lower Spokane) resembles Northern Pacific's Palouse and Lewiston branch. It rambles through nearly treeless rolling hills of wheat, and services the many trackside elevators and canneries along the line. Basically the CRAP gathers the natural resources from the "Inland Empire" and transports them to Spokane, where they are interchanged outside the layout room to one of the four transcontinental and two regional railroads that have a Spokane presence. Thirty cars per operating session are interchanged off the layout, and are replaced by thirty cars of processed food, manufactured goods and machinery from the other railroads. There is no overhead traffic on the CRAP - staging is in the form of six car cuts of interchange traffic. Motive power is small steam of early 20th century vintage and is nearly all equipped with sound. Train length is six cars, and all trains have a lot of switching to do. There are ten towns in addition to the two large areas of Spokane. Passenger service is by two motor cars. There are eleven trains per session, with the North and South Turns and the Woods and Mine trains frequently running twice. A session lasts something over four hours. Control is by NCE radio. The layout's maximum use of vertical space, 30'; deep decks and use of outside-of-the-room staging and industries make it one of the largest small layouts in existence. Aisle space is very limited. An operating crew of six pretty well fills it up! The environment is rustic.

HO Dave Croshere The A B and old C
25 X 13 Scenery: 10% MRC Wireless DCC No hazards
Dave has a basement dedicated to his train operation. His 165 feet of mainline is hand laid as are his turn-outs. The turntable is his own design and is powered and aligning. He has a yard at either end of his point to point operation. The larger yard has 34 turnouts. Steam is king on this layout placed in 1936.
HO Ron Kaiser Western Pacific Feather River Canyon
20X35 Scenery: 60% Average house (1-2 steps)
Ron's 20X35 train room is free-standing amid the vineyards of the Russian River Valley, and contains a replica of portions of the Feather River route of the Western Pacific Railroad in 1952. With the staging yards, operations extend from Sacramento and Marysville to Winnemucca (east) and Bieber (north). The Quincy Railroad is also included. Eight years into a 20-year project, the layout is about 60% sceniced, and contains full-wall backdrops of the Sierras under an open-beamed ceiling. It takes 12-15 members of the Sonoma County Hi-Ballers to operate the layout over a 12-hour fast-clock shift of seventeen trains.

Wohler Bridge is a very nice photogenic single lane Truss Bridge accross the Russian River enroute to Ron's house that you may want to enjoy as well, but be careful because the roads are narrow and winding.

HO Ron Learn Northwestern Pacific
14X22 Scenery: 100% Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Ron's layout completely occupies a freestanding single car garage with a duck-under (that Ron's says is more of a stoop-under because the layout height is an above average 48 inches. In reconstructing his youth, Ron set his Northwestern Pacific line between Willits and Ukiah in October 1954 with a primary emphasis on the town of Ridge. His line interchanges with the California Western and the mythical Royal Crown Lumber, a logging road.
HO Angus McDonald Petaluma Valley
20 X 40 Scenery: 100% DCC North Coast Special adaptations for handicapped
Angus MacDonald's HO scale Petaluma Valley RR, is a freelance RR in its own 20' x 40' handicap accessible building. Trains run around the outside walls on a triple folded loop ending at the "Y" entrance to the inner peninsula (the 18' x 5' yard). Completely sceniced, with more super detailing still being added, Angus' scratch built automatic bascule bridge is only one of the many scenes that shouldn't be missed. Check the interior of the winery warehouse, the farm and the stock yards!
HO Ed Merrin NWP
12 x 17 Scenery: 50% Lenz DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Layout is a depiction of the NWP running through Sonoma and Mendocino counties about 1958. It is double decked, connected by helix, with staging yards on a third level underneath. It is designed to be operated in a prototypical fashion, with trains and scheduling based on a prototype timetable. Most motive power are SD7s as per the real NWP of the time. Scenery is about half finished, with painted backdrops and blue foam covered with drywall "mud" and Sculptamold. Power is through a Lenz DCC system. A number of the locomotives are sound equipped.
HO Ernie Simard Western Pacific
12 X 30 Scenery: 66% Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
Ernie's Western Pacific HO layout represents that railroad's operation from Bieber, California to Salt Lake City. It occupies a three car garage and is designed for operations.
On3 Steve Skold Whiskeytown & Shasta
18X19 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Steve's narrow gauge Whiskeytown and Shasta is located in the area West of Redding, California along Clear Creek from Old Shasta through Whiskeytown to French Gulch. It services the mines of the Tree Frog Mining Company and the livestock from the OC Cattle Company. The line connects with the standard gauge Anderson & Bella Vista with a further connection with the SP to the outside world. Quartz is mined and shipped to the copper smelter at Kennett. On the West end is the connection with the Trinity Southern which provides mine timbers and lumber. Trains are short with 4 or 5 cars and a caboose and small engines 4-6-0 and 2-8-0.
O Richard Hosmer Picket Fence Antiques
10 X 14 Scenery: 20% Analog No hazards
A 16' x 12' "dog-bone" layout is O-gauge high rail, set in no particular locale, during the age of steam. It will be an expanded re-creation of the more detailed toy train layouts of the 1940s. Motive power is entirely Gilbert American Flyer from the 1939-1942 period.

It is in 3/16" scale, using castings nearly identical to the two-rail Flyer "S" gauge designs made after the war. At least one example of every locomotive type made by Gilbert is displayed, and most run. At this time, Lionel did not manufacture either a 4-8-4, or an 0-8-0. Passenger equipment is also Flyer from that period, and is diecast. These foot-long 12-wheel cars were available in just two colors, Tuscan (much less common) and dark green. I choose not to run any Flyer tinplate. Freight equipment is Marx 3/16" scale tinplate from the 1940s and 1950s, chosen over similar Flyer items, due to possessing far superior graphics. Flyer did make some very nice diecast freights, but weight becomes a serious issue for any consist over 4-5 cars. The change to Marx required that tender trucks be replaced on the freight haulers, due to coupler incompatibility. The layout is operated as it would have been back in the days - no fancy electronics, smoke or sound systems. What little automation exists, such as anti-derailing at the crossovers, is accomplished with insulated rails and hard wiring.

HO Walt Schedler SP Black Butte Sub
24 X 42 Scenery: 15% NCE Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The 1955 SP Dunsmuir Shasta Division layout has four levels and is viewed from the main floor or elevated walkways. It is a loop to loop to loop design and features three main line freights and three passenger trains: the Klamath Mail Train, the Cascade and the Shasta Daylight. Presently there are about 300 feet of track. When completed there will be over 10 scale miles (600 feet) of main line. Level One staging is at Gerber, under the peninsula, about 40 inches off the floor. Level One also includes the Gerber, Red Bluff and Redding stations. Level Two has Dunsmuir, at 55 inches above the floor. It is the main viewing point as you enter the room. It is built to mostly exact scale, using the SP drawings for trackage and buildings. The Dunsmuir South yard is at 44 inches and holds about 360 cars. From Dunsmuir, through the Sacramento River Canyon, you travel over 250 feet as you pass through Small, Cantara Loop, Mott, Azalea, and arrive at Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta has an interchange with McCloud River Lumber Co. - then continuing on to the third level, you reach the Black Butte Wye. From here it splits to either the Siskiyou Line, which takes you to the lumber town of Weed, or head straight through to Grass Lake and the Klamath Falls Staging yard. Once you reach Grass Lake, you have traveled almost 10 scale miles.
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.
HO Les Gregory Central Sierra Pass Railway
21 X 24 Scenery: 21 X 24 NCE radio DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Not too long ago, Les acquired a neighboring room for his railroad to expand and evolved a mature, nearly complete model of a Sierra inspired railroad into a very strong representation of much of the Sierra Railroad. The trackage grew from approx. 150 ft to approx. 350 ft of main line, and the railroads 4 or 5 regular operators gained a heightened sense that they are repeating history on the Sierra Railroad. Les' layout has areas of interest to almost all visitors.
HO Robert Hoffman Santa Fe Hereford Sub
22 X 18 Scenery: 30% Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
The layout represents the 104 mile Hereford Subdivision of the Santa Fe from Clovis, NM to Amarillo, TX in 1983. The layout features one active junction as well as interchange with the Burlington Northern at Amarillo and was designed with prototype operations in mind. The primary commodities transported include; TOFC, automobiles, grain, and manufactured goods. Scenery is specifically patterned after the prototype where possible. An article on this layout appeared in the January 2011 Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Mike McReynolds Hangtown and Grizzley Ridge
20 X 20 Scenery: 100% Digitrax DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
A freelanced layout with an emphasis on tongue and cheek humor based on 28 plus years of prototype railroad experience. The time frame is 1960's to 1970's. The layout is on two levels and includes industrial areas, logging and desert scenery. There is a continuous loop with islands for industries. Mike uses a computer generated switch list for operating sessions.
HO HOn3 Tom Milam Wolf Creek Railway of California
10 X 24 Scenery: 70% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
An HO scale Shortline steam railroad set in 1927, Tom's Wolf Creek Railway of California is located in the foothills of California. He has many scratch built structures, wooden truss rod cars and a few custom built brass locomotives following Sierra Railway prototypes. Tom has a strong interest in operations using JMRI's (DecoderPro) switch list program. His point to point design, interchanges with his son's Buffalo Creek & Grizzley Ridge Railway, another small point to point layout. Some dual gauge trackage. Above the Wolf Creek HO layout is the start of an HOn3 layout, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (Nevada City, track only no scenery). All in all this is an HO scale empire, short trains battling steep grades, floods, fights, Indian raids and sometimes not being able to leave the station at all.
HO Dave Stanley Morada Belt
20 X 20 Scenery: 50% DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Dave's Morada Belt is HO scale, set in the 1950's with 360 feet of mainline (not all of it installed yet) as well as a 35-foot branch line (yet to be installed). Track is commercial code 83 and code 70, a "point to loop" design with 30" minimum radius on the main track, one staging and two working yards. The main yard is still under construction. Scenery ranges from Tehachapi-style semi-arid to sandstone cliffs (reminiscent of Eagles Nest, Montana on the Milwaukee Road) to the Sierra Nevada foothills. Backdrops were painted by noted artist and book author John Signor. It is a trackage-rights operated bridge line used by several of the large western carriers of the 1950's, utilized when their own corridors are congested. This is a model railroad designed by a real-life railroader for operating sessions, without sacrificing the scenic beauty of the west.
Sn3 Paul Claffey
20x21 Scenery: 20% NCE Digitraxx Average house (1-2 steps)
The railroad depicts two fictional railroads that traversed the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Sierra Pacific Lines was a common carrier linking the eastern San Francisco Bay area and the Owens Valley. Only a small portion of the Sonora Division of the SPL is modeled including a large yard and two other towns. The Lost Creek Lumber Co had established a saw mill and extensive trackage in the woods before the SPL came to the town of Lost Creek. Operations in the early 40's had the SPL and the LCLCo sharing trackage rights from Lost Creek to the town of Murphys, where the logging company branch diverges to the woods. Four camps/landings are found on the LCLCo tracks in the woods. A feature is the switchback to one landing with 6% grades. Geared locomotives rule the branch line while many locomotives seen on some eastern roads (i.e. Colorado) ply the SPL main line.
O Tom Davis
24 x 36 Scenery: 100% Analog No hazards
Tom's Lionel trains are certainly not a "Lionel layout". This freelanced transition era layout is fully sceniced and ballasted with many scratch-built structures and is definitely not a toy train set-up. Tom's 24 X 36 foot layout features a liftable bridge for access into the central viewing area.
HO Steve Hayes Western Pacific
30 X 56 Scenery: 50% Chubb w/ infared throttles Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://members.bigvalley.net/norma
Layout covers from San Francisco to Salt Lake City with Reno and Tidewater branches. Fully signal with CTC. Computer generated waybill system. 1970 era. 4 large yards. 9 passing sidings. All diesel power. Includes prototypically correct scratch built models of the Oakland and Salt Lake depots (Salt Lake was featured in MR trackside photo section).
O Bob Jakl
34 x 80 Scenery: 100% yes Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Located in a freestanding 34X80 foot building, Bob's free-lanced transition era layout contains a mountain scene with spectacular bridges, a city scene and a port complete with cargo ship. Bob's 2,694 feet (over 80,000 ties) of hand-laid track includes a seven track passenger station, industrial switching district and a large classification yard. Equipment inventory in Bob's O scale empire includes 117 locomotives, 43 cabeese and over 1,000 freight cars.
HO Glenn Sutherland Sierra RR
12 X 50 Scenery: 25% EZ DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
This three level HO layout of the Sierra Railroad in the 1920's is only 25% sceniced as of this writing. Why? Because Glenn did what we all dream about - tore down a wall and more than doubled the size of the layout. The part that is complete is highly accurate as to the prototype and we expect the percentage will be much higher come tour time. In addition to the layout, you will want to see Glenn's room for visiting grandchildren: an indoor replica of a 1923 vintage caboose, complete with cupola, bunk beds and coal stove.
HO Ray Price
Not handicapped accessible
Ray's specialty is hand-crafting exquisite model buildings in HO scale (1/87 actual size). He begins by milling his own miniature lumber and then constructs each building "board by board." Dozens of his model buildings will be on display, including scale models of the Mariposa courthouse and the former Yosemite Valley Railroad depot in El Portal. In addition to showcasing his buildings, his layout also features a wide variety of rolling stock (including a Hershey train), a video camera onboard one of his trains, and multiple track routes. Access is by a full flight of steep stairs.
HO HOn3 John Zach Sierra Railroad
22 X 65 Scenery: 66% Easy DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.sierrarailroad55.com
Multi - deck layout with over 10 scale miles of Sierra Railroad mainline trackage plus Interchanges with SP and ATSF in Oakdale, Pickering Lumber Co at Standard, WSLCo in Tuolumne and the Hetch Hetchy RR at Hetch Hetchy Jct. Prototypical operations based on 1955 prototype. Base scenery is about 90% done with some finished scenery. Most structures are in place. Layout designed for operations.
L451 WEDNESDAY SELF GUIDED - EXTRA TICKET Click to Order
Wednesday All Day July 6 $2.00 Dep 10:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
Additional ticket for L450.

L455 LDSIG Tour Click to Order
Wednesday All Day July 6 $35.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
Leaves immediately after the LDSIG business meeting.

A selection of 15-20 layouts of special interest to layout designers. Carpooling strongly encouraged so you can discuss the unique features of these layouts as you travel. No lunch is provided so you and your carpool buddies can eat what and when you want (there are plenty of good restaurants in all categories and price ranges along the route). Tour includes commemorative polo shirt. A summary map and list of addresses will be provided so bring your GPS.

L501 VALLEY BLOSSOM SPECIAL Click to Order
Thursday All Day July 7 $20.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 2:00 PM
This tour will visit 5 especially nice garden railways that not only provide interesting railway adaptations but are all located in exceptionally fine gardens that anyone interested in residential horticulture will appreciate.
Fn3 Frank & Ruby Andrews Maple Rock Garden Railway
3 plus acres Battery and Live Steam Special adaptations for handicapped
The Maple Rock Garden Railway is unique because the railway is part of a nationally recognized three acre private garden. The railway is intended to represent a believable, small narrow gauge railway serving people and industries typical of this part of California in the 1920s to 1940s time. The Maple Rock Railway serves several small towns and small industries. Locomotives, cars, buildings, industries, and structures are necessarily small and compact. Locomotives include both live steam and onboard battery powered locomotives, each radio controlled. Battery powered locomotives also have electronic sound systems. Freight cars are typical 8 wheel freight and log cars or short, 4 wheel, ore cars. Passenger business is chiefly handled by combines run as mixed trains. The railway also runs periodic excursion trains for special occasions. Formed partly from graded and built up earth and partly following natural contours of the site, the railway is modeled in FN3 Scale, and has about 900 feet of track, or about 3.5 scale miles. Track is Llagas Creek code 215 rail, ties, and switches laid on granite "dust" ballast. Originally built as two sections, the lower section is built in a area of about 60 x 40 feet, has 450 feet of track in a large loop. The upper section has 120 feet of track, also a loop, is located 12 to 15 feet higher than the lower section. Later, a connector section was built between the two sections with 320 feet of track that climbs the 12 feet difference in height on 4% grades. A single "out and back" train trip from the lower section to the upper section is a bit over 3 scale miles and climbs and descends about 300 scale feet (15 actual feet) of elevation. Train trips continuing with a loop run around the lower section add another 2 scale miles, or a total of over 5 scale miles for a trip. Foliage in and around the railway are "in scale", living Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Juniper, and Japanese Maples, and ground covers. Also "decorating" the railway are several large Bonsai trees as old as 50 years and moss rocks as large as seven tons. This is a railway not to be missed.
G Jerry Abreu Silverwood Mining and Lumber Railroad
Scenery: 100% No hazards
The Silverwood Mining and Lumber Railroad is built in a dog bone shape filling an area approximately two hundred feet long by thirty feet wide. The railroad depicts the steam era of railroading between 1900 and 1952 and uses track power, on board battery with radio control as well as live steam. On the Silverwood you will see passenger trains running as well as trains serving both mining and lumbering operations.
G Mike & Rosie Dreiling Financial Gap, Destitute and Ruin Railroad
100 X 30 Scenery: Garden Railway No hazards mdreiling@surewest.net
The FGD&R was started in 1984 reached its current size in 1994. The railroad has approximately 300 feet of track in a folded loop configuration in an "L" shaped area 100' by 30'. Being an older garden railroad it has had many changes over the years including the reduction of the length of the mainline from 500' to its present length. One item of interest is a real life example of just how big a "Dwarf Alberta Spruce" can get in 25 years. The layout uses track power for all operation and operates a mix of US and European equipment. In fact, this layout has been described alternately as a European railroad with an "Old West" tourist area, or a western railroad with a town built by German immigrants. Visit and decide for yourself which variation you prefer.
G Chuck & Sue Maley Coyote Pass Railroad
30 X 100 Scenery: 100% Track Power and Live Steam No hazards
The railroad is about 8 years old and was built in a naturally rugged, rocky, area using numerous fills and bridges to follow the natural land contours - much like the real thing. It depicts a standard gauge mountain division line with rustic narrow gauge characteristics. Short, old time combines as well as long 15 to 20 car freights look right at home. The motive power ranges from kit bashed steam relics to late steam and early diesels of the 1950s and '60s as well as a completely out of place GG1. The 700 feet of mainline is Llargas Creek code 250 rail, bent for broad curves. The ruling grade is 2%. There is also a 90-foot short line with sharp curves and a 6% grade that services a lumber camp. Trains are track powered by Crest's RC Train Engineer system and several trains can be run concurrently. There is also a large live steam track connected to the mainline in a wye configuration. Interesting features include a 5-track car barn, cascading water flumes for a no muss, no fuss water feature and a working turntable. The over 75 structures, bridges and trestles are mostly scratch built and include animated features for the coaling tower, lumber mill and steam donkeys. Most of the structures light up for night time operations. Some of the rolling stock is also scratch built including a long, logging consist with handmade disconnects.
4 3/4 and 7 1/2 inch Sacramento Valley Live Steam Historical Soc
6,300 linear feet Scenery: natural live steam No hazards
The Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Railroad Museum is located within the Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova, California. The organization was started around 1965 and completed with a Golden Spike ceremony on May 20, 1973. In 1992, the organization acquired more land and expanded to what is now over 6,300 feet with many sidings and several yards. The railroad also features 5 wooden trestles, a 40ft truss bridge and a girder deck bridge. The main line passes within 100 feet of the American River giving passengers a fine view.
L502 MARIN Sold Out
Thursday All Day July 7 $25.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 3:00 PM
This tour will visit five layouts in the Marin area, several of which have received extensive coverage in the model railroad press. Lunch will be on your own at a local shopping mall with multiple fast food opportunities.
HO Jim Providenza Santa Cruz Northern
21 X 22 Scenery: 95% Lenz DCC w/CVP wireless throttles No hazards
Jim's Santa Cruz Northern is a point to point, double deck, walk around style layout that shares a two car garage with a compact car. The SCN is single track with about 240 feet of mainline, of which 45 feet is in a three level helix. The maximum grade is 2.25%; minimum mainline radius is 26.5". The SCN is a jointly owned Western Pacific/Santa Fe subsidiary, running from a connection with the WP in San Jose California south to Santa Cruz on the Pacific Coast. As such it shares many of the characteristics of similar lines in the area such as the Central California Traction Company or the Northwestern Pacific. Five major sidings have been extended to average 15 feet in length. All of the visible mainline and most of the switches are hand laid. Set in the early 1970's, motive power is either second hand or leased, quite often from the parent roads. Traffic has traditionally centered around industrial products in San Jose, agricultural products from the Santa Clara Valley and wood products and cement from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The layout has appeared in numerous model railroad magazines most recently in the March 2010 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Bill Kaufman State Belt RR
12x12 Scenery: 70% Lenz DCC w/CVP wireless throttle No hazards http://www.statebelt.org
The State Belt ran for 100 years along piers and into warehouses of the San Francisco waterfront. Bill has taken important elements like a car float, interchange at King St. (where the Giants play today), street running, and switching areas under Telegraph Hill and built them into a 12' x 12' layout using interesting modular techniques. Operations follow the prototype State Belt with 2 crews each working their own division. The railroad is totally functional, and signature buildings like the Ferry Building and Merchants Ice and Cold Storage are being worked on. Control is Lenz DCC with wireless throttles. The State Belt was written up in the April 2007 Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Paul Weiss Penn Central - Boston
10 X 14 Scenery: 40% NCE DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
This is a double decked switching layout deep in the urban jungle of Boston in 1974 that is based on the Penn Central. The concept is to provide a switching experience with the curves and obstacles typical of urban switching, while trying to represent the city in a true urban context, buildings that are not simple rectangles, roads and trackage crossing and overlapping, and blocked sight lines. There is no main line here to speak of, and as a result Paul enjoys complicated and lengthy op sessions. Entirely code 83, Paul is slowly converting to hand laid turnouts as he moves to a premier standard of reliability and appearance. All of the structures are scratchbuilt or kitbashed, some reside on the layout but not all are complete yet.
HO Jon Schmidt Nicasio Northern Railway
12 X 21 Digitrax Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Around the turn of the century some prosperous ranchers and farmers in Nicasio, CA (Marin County) decided that they needed a better way to get their products to market. A railroad was discussed, incorporated, and funded. The plan was to build from Nicasio to Bayside, a small but bustling port on San Francisco Bay. The Nicasio Southern Railroad laid rails, started running trains, hired the wrong president, and he very quickly stole all the capital and absconded.

A group of San Francisco financial types saw an opportunity to take a functional railroad, and a territory rich with farms, ranches, fisheries, and lumber, and create a viable railway with connections to the national rail network as well as the Bay. The Nicasio Northern Railway was born, and at this time in history (mid-1920's) is a viable concern. Barely.

The Nicasio Northern starts at Bayside, which has the main passenger and freight yards and the engine servicing facility. Bayside is on a peninsula jutting into the Bay. The wharf and several industries serve the railway and southern Marin.

From Bayside we go north past Backdoor Junction, the connection to short eastern branch to Dither. Past Backdoor, the road continues north through the hills (literally) until we hit Skalville. Skalville is the junction to the NN Railway's eastern division, the town of Yawn, and the connection to the rest of the US rail network. From Skalville the line heads north to the thriving metropolis of Nicasio, with its ranching and farms. Leaving Nicasio, we continue northward to Highland, which is another railway town. The tracks continue to Hither. The Nicasio Northern railway weaves through the hills on muddy and slippery roadbed. Need I mention that this is earthquake country? Even if the right of way was once perfectly laid out with straight tangents and smooth grades and curves, it didn't stay that way. The little steam engines rock and roll as they lead their trains across the pike. Track is complete and operational. The layout has a peninsula in the center of the 12 x 21 foot space, and the rest of the track runs around perimeter of the room. Bayside yards and the engine terminal are on the peninsula.

There is a short, but steep, walk from the corner to Jon's house in addition to two flights of stairs to access his train room.

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.
L504 SACRAMENTO - ELK GROVE Sold Out
Thursday Afternoon July 7 $20.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 5:00 PM
This tour visits four layouts close to the Convention Center in Sacramento and Elk Grove, immediately south of Sacramento. At under four hours it is a perfect tour for balancing a high quality and diversity of layout styles without spending a lot of time away from the convention center.
HO Bill Burg Sacramento Northern Beltline
11 X 24 Scenery: 30% DC Average house (1-2 steps)
Bill's Sacramento Belt Line portrays Sacramento Northern Railway's industrial belt line within the city of Sacramento, California, during the period of 1953-1965, set in the high summer peak harvest/canning season. Operation focuses on industrial switching and interchange between multiple Class I railroads (Southern Pacific and Western Pacific), using a modified "wheel report" operation scheme. Scenery is urban/suburban, running between heavy industrial areas and tree-lined residential neighborhoods. Industries are primarily agricultural processing (canning, almonds, dairy, lumber milling, grain milling) and interchange between railroads, warehouses, trucks and riverboats/barges. Motive power consists of small diesel-electric switching locomotives operating on city streets and tight curves, formerly electric interurban right-of-way. The railroad is freight-only, aside from occasional chartered fan trips. Scale is HO, standard gauge, set up as a point-to-point shelf layout that will eventually circle the room entirely.
1/12 scale Matt Mason American River Navigation & Railway
120 X 140 Scenery: 100% Steam and on-board battery No hazards
The American River Navigation and Railway is a home railroad that is 1" scale, or 1/12 size. It is a rideable railroad that performs work for Matt moving firewood, landscape materials, and of course his two boys. The 4 3/4" gauge track winds from the front yard to the back with many sidings. A branch-line goes over to the neighbor's yard (a relative) and skirts the pool to a fruit-packing shed where fresh oranges are loaded in the winter. The layout is laid out roughly like a self-type switching layout, except folded over on itself twice. The railroad uses battery-powered GP9's, freelance 4-wheeled switchers, and steam locomotives to switch the 430' long railroad. You are also welcome to visit the railroad's machine shop where repairs are done and new locomotives built. An article on the layout was published in the Summer 2006 issue of The Home Railway Journal.
HO Robert Hoffman Santa Fe Hereford Sub
22 X 18 Scenery: 30% Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
The layout represents the 104 mile Hereford Subdivision of the Santa Fe from Clovis, NM to Amarillo, TX in 1983. The layout features one active junction as well as interchange with the Burlington Northern at Amarillo and was designed with prototype operations in mind. The primary commodities transported include; TOFC, automobiles, grain, and manufactured goods. Scenery is specifically patterned after the prototype where possible. An article on this layout appeared in the January 2011 Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Greg Austin Chicago, Ohio & Eastern
12 x 19 Scenery: 20% DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Greg's layout depicts a Mid-western railroad and is being modeled in the 1948 to 1955 steam to diesel transition period. The layout is designed to support up to 4 trains running simultaneously and signaling of the layout is underway. One of the scenic features is a 10 foot wide valley with steel bridges and wood trestle work spanning it with a maximum height of 150 scale feet.
L550 THURSDAY SELF GUIDED - TICKET AND DIRECTIONS PACKAGE Click to Order
Thursday All Day July 7 $4.00 Dep 10:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
We are offering non-bus alternative layout openings on a daily basis. In general layouts open on bus tours will not be open for self-guided at the same time. Some will not be open for self-guided at any time, and others will only be available as open self-guided. Except for Friday evening tours, tickets are good for the entire day, but individual layouts are only open in the time window indicated by the layout owner. It is your responsibility to be aware of the hours a layout owner is available before leaving for a particular destination.

Directions packages will include a listing of addresses for entry in a GPS or internet maping system, including notations of known system glitches. Pricing for self-guided tours assumes very few people go alone and not everyone requires a directions package. Therefore, two ticket classifcations are available for each daily package; a ticket and directions package and ticket only for additional people in your party. The 50 suffix tours include directions packages and the 51 suffix tours are ticket only.

The owners open for self guided tours on Thursday are:

Sacramento and Elk Grove (along Interstate-5 south of Sacramento)
Dave Arrol 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm- Self Guided only
Greg Austin 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Bill Burg 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Matt Mason 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interstate-80 Northeast of Sacramento
Jerry Abrau 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Frank and Ruby Andrews 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Chuck and Sue Maley 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Aaron Splawn 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Self Guided Only

Marin County - North of San Francisco
Bill Horstmeyer
Bill Kaufman 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Jim Providenza
Jon Schmidt
Paul Weiss

HO Dave Arrol Western Pacific First Sub
20 X 40 Accessibility unknown/not entered
The Bay Area and Central Valley RR is a multi-level HO layout specifically geared w/ operations in mind. The lower level depicts both the WP and SP from the SF/Oakland Bay Area south through the busy industrial area of E. Oakland, down through Fremont, Niles Jct. and eventually Warm Springs. A 'nine times' rotation helix takes you up and east into Pleasanton, the Altamont Pass area and back down into both the WP and SP Stockton Yards. A branch off the WP, out of Stockton, runs south on the Tidewater Southern and takes you into S. Modesto with a number of the local industries represented. The trackwork is about 80% complete with N. Stockton and the STE (Stockton Terminal & Eastern) in the near future plans. The layout is still under construction and scenery is limited.
HO Greg Austin Chicago, Ohio & Eastern
12 x 19 Scenery: 20% DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Greg's layout depicts a Mid-western railroad and is being modeled in the 1948 to 1955 steam to diesel transition period. The layout is designed to support up to 4 trains running simultaneously and signaling of the layout is underway. One of the scenic features is a 10 foot wide valley with steel bridges and wood trestle work spanning it with a maximum height of 150 scale feet.
HO Bill Burg Sacramento Northern Beltline
11 X 24 Scenery: 30% DC Average house (1-2 steps)
Bill's Sacramento Belt Line portrays Sacramento Northern Railway's industrial belt line within the city of Sacramento, California, during the period of 1953-1965, set in the high summer peak harvest/canning season. Operation focuses on industrial switching and interchange between multiple Class I railroads (Southern Pacific and Western Pacific), using a modified "wheel report" operation scheme. Scenery is urban/suburban, running between heavy industrial areas and tree-lined residential neighborhoods. Industries are primarily agricultural processing (canning, almonds, dairy, lumber milling, grain milling) and interchange between railroads, warehouses, trucks and riverboats/barges. Motive power consists of small diesel-electric switching locomotives operating on city streets and tight curves, formerly electric interurban right-of-way. The railroad is freight-only, aside from occasional chartered fan trips. Scale is HO, standard gauge, set up as a point-to-point shelf layout that will eventually circle the room entirely.
1/12 scale Matt Mason American River Navigation & Railway
120 X 140 Scenery: 100% Steam and on-board battery No hazards
The American River Navigation and Railway is a home railroad that is 1" scale, or 1/12 size. It is a rideable railroad that performs work for Matt moving firewood, landscape materials, and of course his two boys. The 4 3/4" gauge track winds from the front yard to the back with many sidings. A branch-line goes over to the neighbor's yard (a relative) and skirts the pool to a fruit-packing shed where fresh oranges are loaded in the winter. The layout is laid out roughly like a self-type switching layout, except folded over on itself twice. The railroad uses battery-powered GP9's, freelance 4-wheeled switchers, and steam locomotives to switch the 430' long railroad. You are also welcome to visit the railroad's machine shop where repairs are done and new locomotives built. An article on the layout was published in the Summer 2006 issue of The Home Railway Journal.
G Jerry Abreu Silverwood Mining and Lumber Railroad
Scenery: 100% No hazards
The Silverwood Mining and Lumber Railroad is built in a dog bone shape filling an area approximately two hundred feet long by thirty feet wide. The railroad depicts the steam era of railroading between 1900 and 1952 and uses track power, on board battery with radio control as well as live steam. On the Silverwood you will see passenger trains running as well as trains serving both mining and lumbering operations.
Fn3 Frank & Ruby Andrews Maple Rock Garden Railway
3 plus acres Battery and Live Steam Special adaptations for handicapped
The Maple Rock Garden Railway is unique because the railway is part of a nationally recognized three acre private garden. The railway is intended to represent a believable, small narrow gauge railway serving people and industries typical of this part of California in the 1920s to 1940s time. The Maple Rock Railway serves several small towns and small industries. Locomotives, cars, buildings, industries, and structures are necessarily small and compact. Locomotives include both live steam and onboard battery powered locomotives, each radio controlled. Battery powered locomotives also have electronic sound systems. Freight cars are typical 8 wheel freight and log cars or short, 4 wheel, ore cars. Passenger business is chiefly handled by combines run as mixed trains. The railway also runs periodic excursion trains for special occasions. Formed partly from graded and built up earth and partly following natural contours of the site, the railway is modeled in FN3 Scale, and has about 900 feet of track, or about 3.5 scale miles. Track is Llagas Creek code 215 rail, ties, and switches laid on granite "dust" ballast. Originally built as two sections, the lower section is built in a area of about 60 x 40 feet, has 450 feet of track in a large loop. The upper section has 120 feet of track, also a loop, is located 12 to 15 feet higher than the lower section. Later, a connector section was built between the two sections with 320 feet of track that climbs the 12 feet difference in height on 4% grades. A single "out and back" train trip from the lower section to the upper section is a bit over 3 scale miles and climbs and descends about 300 scale feet (15 actual feet) of elevation. Train trips continuing with a loop run around the lower section add another 2 scale miles, or a total of over 5 scale miles for a trip. Foliage in and around the railway are "in scale", living Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Juniper, and Japanese Maples, and ground covers. Also "decorating" the railway are several large Bonsai trees as old as 50 years and moss rocks as large as seven tons. This is a railway not to be missed.
G Chuck & Sue Maley Coyote Pass Railroad
30 X 100 Scenery: 100% Track Power and Live Steam No hazards
The railroad is about 8 years old and was built in a naturally rugged, rocky, area using numerous fills and bridges to follow the natural land contours - much like the real thing. It depicts a standard gauge mountain division line with rustic narrow gauge characteristics. Short, old time combines as well as long 15 to 20 car freights look right at home. The motive power ranges from kit bashed steam relics to late steam and early diesels of the 1950s and '60s as well as a completely out of place GG1. The 700 feet of mainline is Llargas Creek code 250 rail, bent for broad curves. The ruling grade is 2%. There is also a 90-foot short line with sharp curves and a 6% grade that services a lumber camp. Trains are track powered by Crest's RC Train Engineer system and several trains can be run concurrently. There is also a large live steam track connected to the mainline in a wye configuration. Interesting features include a 5-track car barn, cascading water flumes for a no muss, no fuss water feature and a working turntable. The over 75 structures, bridges and trestles are mostly scratch built and include animated features for the coaling tower, lumber mill and steam donkeys. Most of the structures light up for night time operations. Some of the rolling stock is also scratch built including a long, logging consist with handmade disconnects.
N and S Aaron Splawn Western Pacific
N 5X9 Scenery: 100% both layouts Average house (1-2 steps)
Aaron's Sn3 Tuolume is a model of the upper Tuolumne yard on the West Side Lumber Co in the late 50's. It includes the sand, water and oil facility, the car shops, old engine house/car shops, depot and warehouse. It is modeled close to prototype in a 15 foot long shadow box. All the rail is hand laid code 55 and includes dual gauge S/Sn3. Most of the structures are scratchbuilt and operating diorama is 100% sceniced.

The N scale layout is loosely based on the Western Pacific in late 60's to early 70's. The layout features the small community of Virgilia on one side, and the Feather River Canyon on the other. The layout will be 100% sceniced by the NMRA Convention and features numerous custom painted and detailed WP locomotives not available in N scale.

HO Bill Horstmeyer Oregon I-5 RR
25x30 Scenery: 30% Easy DCC, radio Average house (1-2 steps)
Bill has constructed a layout with a 300 foot long mainline, some branch lines and a few yards. The prototype is contemporary times of modern trains running on the Union Pacific over the Cascades in Oregon. This is a large layout with lengthy trains running well on steep grades and relatively tight curves.
HO Bill Kaufman State Belt RR
12x12 Scenery: 70% Lenz DCC w/CVP wireless throttle No hazards http://www.statebelt.org
The State Belt ran for 100 years along piers and into warehouses of the San Francisco waterfront. Bill has taken important elements like a car float, interchange at King St. (where the Giants play today), street running, and switching areas under Telegraph Hill and built them into a 12' x 12' layout using interesting modular techniques. Operations follow the prototype State Belt with 2 crews each working their own division. The railroad is totally functional, and signature buildings like the Ferry Building and Merchants Ice and Cold Storage are being worked on. Control is Lenz DCC with wireless throttles. The State Belt was written up in the April 2007 Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Jim Providenza Santa Cruz Northern
21 X 22 Scenery: 95% Lenz DCC w/CVP wireless throttles No hazards
Jim's Santa Cruz Northern is a point to point, double deck, walk around style layout that shares a two car garage with a compact car. The SCN is single track with about 240 feet of mainline, of which 45 feet is in a three level helix. The maximum grade is 2.25%; minimum mainline radius is 26.5". The SCN is a jointly owned Western Pacific/Santa Fe subsidiary, running from a connection with the WP in San Jose California south to Santa Cruz on the Pacific Coast. As such it shares many of the characteristics of similar lines in the area such as the Central California Traction Company or the Northwestern Pacific. Five major sidings have been extended to average 15 feet in length. All of the visible mainline and most of the switches are hand laid. Set in the early 1970's, motive power is either second hand or leased, quite often from the parent roads. Traffic has traditionally centered around industrial products in San Jose, agricultural products from the Santa Clara Valley and wood products and cement from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The layout has appeared in numerous model railroad magazines most recently in the March 2010 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Jon Schmidt Nicasio Northern Railway
12 X 21 Digitrax Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Around the turn of the century some prosperous ranchers and farmers in Nicasio, CA (Marin County) decided that they needed a better way to get their products to market. A railroad was discussed, incorporated, and funded. The plan was to build from Nicasio to Bayside, a small but bustling port on San Francisco Bay. The Nicasio Southern Railroad laid rails, started running trains, hired the wrong president, and he very quickly stole all the capital and absconded.

A group of San Francisco financial types saw an opportunity to take a functional railroad, and a territory rich with farms, ranches, fisheries, and lumber, and create a viable railway with connections to the national rail network as well as the Bay. The Nicasio Northern Railway was born, and at this time in history (mid-1920's) is a viable concern. Barely.

The Nicasio Northern starts at Bayside, which has the main passenger and freight yards and the engine servicing facility. Bayside is on a peninsula jutting into the Bay. The wharf and several industries serve the railway and southern Marin.

From Bayside we go north past Backdoor Junction, the connection to short eastern branch to Dither. Past Backdoor, the road continues north through the hills (literally) until we hit Skalville. Skalville is the junction to the NN Railway's eastern division, the town of Yawn, and the connection to the rest of the US rail network. From Skalville the line heads north to the thriving metropolis of Nicasio, with its ranching and farms. Leaving Nicasio, we continue northward to Highland, which is another railway town. The tracks continue to Hither. The Nicasio Northern railway weaves through the hills on muddy and slippery roadbed. Need I mention that this is earthquake country? Even if the right of way was once perfectly laid out with straight tangents and smooth grades and curves, it didn't stay that way. The little steam engines rock and roll as they lead their trains across the pike. Track is complete and operational. The layout has a peninsula in the center of the 12 x 21 foot space, and the rest of the track runs around perimeter of the room. Bayside yards and the engine terminal are on the peninsula.

There is a short, but steep, walk from the corner to Jon's house in addition to two flights of stairs to access his train room.

HO Paul Weiss Penn Central - Boston
10 X 14 Scenery: 40% NCE DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
This is a double decked switching layout deep in the urban jungle of Boston in 1974 that is based on the Penn Central. The concept is to provide a switching experience with the curves and obstacles typical of urban switching, while trying to represent the city in a true urban context, buildings that are not simple rectangles, roads and trackage crossing and overlapping, and blocked sight lines. There is no main line here to speak of, and as a result Paul enjoys complicated and lengthy op sessions. Entirely code 83, Paul is slowly converting to hand laid turnouts as he moves to a premier standard of reliability and appearance. All of the structures are scratchbuilt or kitbashed, some reside on the layout but not all are complete yet.
L551 THURSDAY SELF GUIDED - EXTRA TICKET Click to Order
Thursday All Day July 7 $2.00 Dep 10:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
Additional ticket for L550.

L601 BAY AREA CLUBS - NORTH Sold Out
Friday Evening July 8 $25.00 Dep 5:00 PM Ret 11:00 PM
This tour will visit three model railroad clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the East Bay Model Engineer Society in Richmond, with its three different scale layouts.
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.

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.

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 Napa Model Railroad Club Napa Valley Northern Railway
125 x 15 Scenery: 100% DC and DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.nvmrc.org
The Napa Valley Northern is a north-south bridge route from Stockton, CA to Portland, OR competing with the SP Cascade Route and the WP-GN/BN Inside Gateway route. The layout itself is the trackage from the Port of Napa, CA north through the Napa Valley then through the Mayacmas Mountains past Clear Lake to Ukiah, CA. Many of the past and present industries of the Napa Valley region are included in the local freight collection/distribution system. Connecting with the AT&SF/BNSF, SP and WP/UP through Stockton plus the BN/BNSF, GN, NP, MILW, and UP at Portland, the NVN hosts various eras of run-through trains from 1940-era steam freight and passenger through 1970-era pool power freights to 2000-era Amtrak and double-stack inter-modal trains. The club was featured in Scale Rails in early 2004.
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.
L602 BAY AREA CLUBS - EAST Click to Order
Friday Evening July 8 $25.00 Dep 5:00 PM Ret 11:00 PM
This tour will visit two clubs in the Bay Area, the Diablo Valley Lines in Walnut Creek and the Black Diamond Lines in Antioch, and the Tidewater Southern Historical Society layout and museum in Stockton.

At the Diablo Valley Lines tour participants will be able to operate a cab on the club layout from the engineer's area above the layout.

HO Tidewater Southern Historical Society Tidewater Southern
20 X 60 Scenery: 80% No hazards http://tidewatersouthernrailway.org
This is a large club layout depicting the Tidewater Southern between the Port of Stockton and Modesto, California with two Branch lines to Turlock and Manteca. In addition to the layout, the club has an extensive display of Tidewater Southern artifacts on display.
HO Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society Diablo Valley Lines
54 X 32 Scenery: 100% No hazards http://www.wcmrs.org
The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society can trace its beginnings to 1948, when the original group began meeting in each other's homes. Their display of a 4x8 foot portable layout at special events such as Walnut Creek's annual Walnut Festival led to their first permanent railroad in a freight shed moved onto a leased site near the Walnut Creek Southern Pacific depot in 1950. This location served to house an impressive 20 x 40 foot layout until 1970 when flood control work along the creek, from which the city derives its name, required relocating the SP track and, of course, the WCMRS clubhouse. At that time the WCMRS solved their clubhouse problem by reaching an agreement with the City of Walnut Creek for the present site with a structure that was the first in California (and one of very few in the world) to be designed and built specifically to house a model railroad. The actual construction work was done in two years by members of the Society and upon completion in 1974 the building was donated to the city of Walnut Creek and the building of the Diablo Valley Lines Railroad commenced.

The current Diablo Valley Lines has over 4,300 feet of hand laid track on 175,000 individual ties with more than 340 turnouts. The entire road is HO scale and has standard gauge, narrow gauge, freight and and interurban trolley lines. Under normal operating conditions it requires about 45 minutes for one train to complete a single circuit of the mainline.

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.

L603 SACRAMENTO AREA CLUBS Sold Out
Friday Evening July 8 $15.00 Dep 6:00 PM Ret 10:00 PM
Three clubs with five layouts. The Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society has separate HO and HOn3 layouts and the Roseville Roundhouse Model RR Club operates both HO and N scale.
HO and N Roseville Roundhouse Model RR Club
30 X 17 Scenery: 70% MRC DCC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Roseville Roundhouse Model Railroad Club was founded in 1977 by a small group of modelers in the home town of Southern Pacific's Jennings Yard. Over time, the group moved to several locations before coming back to the Placer County Fairgrounds where they started. The HO layout is approximately 30x17 and is built in the shape of a "Z" for the membership to operate trains. The N scale layout is fully sceniced and is both DC and DCC by operating one mainline per control system. The club's Western Sierra Lines Railroad is freelanced on both layouts.
HO 26th Street Model Engineers Spokane Pullman and Southern Railway
30 X 50 Scenery: 95% NCE DCC Not handicapped accessible
The 26th Street Model Engineers have built their layout in the basement of charter member Keith Brownfield's home. The layout is freelanced, but scenes are modeled to depict the Pacific Northwest in the transition era. Subdivisions divide the railroad and each one has a unique theme that focuses on various industries. Scenery is mostly complete, and the club uses Railops to prototypically move freight cars.
HO Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central
40 X 60 Scenery: 80% Digitraxx DCC Special adaptations for handicapped
Since 1948, the Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society has been the premier model railroad club in the Sacramento region. A new layout was started in 2002 to represent the Southern Pacific from Oakland Pier to Sacramento, and the Western Pacific from Sacramento to Keddie, CA. The society also has one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California featuring prototype scenes of the East Broad top, Colorado and Southern, and the SP narrow gauge. The standard gauge is Digitrax DCC interfaced with CMRI and Panel Pro. The club operates a prototype tri-color CTC signaling system featuring an original Western Pacific US&S Sacramento dispatching panel.
HOn3 Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central (NG)
14 X 35 Scenery: 66% DC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Sierra Central Narrow Gauge is a loop to loop railroad with several branches connecting lumber camps, mines, and oil fields to the mainline. The railroad's location is freelanced, but scenes are themed around prototypes such as the East Broad Top Orbisonia Shops, Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Owenyo Transfer Trestle, and Westside Lumber Camp 7. With most scenes finished and detailed, the layout is in full operation. The main aisle of the layout is handicapped accessible. This is one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California.
L650 FRIDAY SELF GUIDED - TICKET AND DIRECTIONS PACKAGE Click to Order
Friday Evening July 8 $4.00 Dep 6:00 PM Ret 10:00 PM
We are offering non-bus alternative layout openings on a daily basis. In general layouts open on bus tours will not be open for self-guided at the same time. Some will not be open for self-guided at any time, and others will only be available as open self-guided. Except for Friday evening tours, tickets are good for the entire day, but individual layouts are only open in the time window indicated by the layout owner. It is your responsibility to be aware of the hours a layout owner is available before leaving for a particular destination.

Directions packages will include a listing of addresses for entry in a GPS or internet maping system, including notations of known system glitches. Pricing for self-guided tours assumes very few people go alone and not everyone requires a directions package. Therefore, two ticket classifcations are available for each daily package; a ticket and directions package and ticket only for additional people in your party. The 50 suffix tours include directions packages and the 51 suffix tours are ticket only.

Friday night is Club Night. The self guided version gives you the opportunity to customize the clubs from the three scheduled tours.

Roseville Roundhouse 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
26th Street Model Engineers (Sacramento) 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tidewater Southern Railroad (Stockton)5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Diablo Valley Lines (Walnut Creek)7:00pm to 9:00 pm
East Bay Model Engineer Society (Richmond)
Carquinez Model Railroad Society (Crockett)

HO 26th Street Model Engineers Spokane Pullman and Southern Railway
30 X 50 Scenery: 95% NCE DCC Not handicapped accessible
The 26th Street Model Engineers have built their layout in the basement of charter member Keith Brownfield's home. The layout is freelanced, but scenes are modeled to depict the Pacific Northwest in the transition era. Subdivisions divide the railroad and each one has a unique theme that focuses on various industries. Scenery is mostly complete, and the club uses Railops to prototypically move freight cars.
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.

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.
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.

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!

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.

HO Napa Model Railroad Club Napa Valley Northern Railway
125 x 15 Scenery: 100% DC and DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.nvmrc.org
The Napa Valley Northern is a north-south bridge route from Stockton, CA to Portland, OR competing with the SP Cascade Route and the WP-GN/BN Inside Gateway route. The layout itself is the trackage from the Port of Napa, CA north through the Napa Valley then through the Mayacmas Mountains past Clear Lake to Ukiah, CA. Many of the past and present industries of the Napa Valley region are included in the local freight collection/distribution system. Connecting with the AT&SF/BNSF, SP and WP/UP through Stockton plus the BN/BNSF, GN, NP, MILW, and UP at Portland, the NVN hosts various eras of run-through trains from 1940-era steam freight and passenger through 1970-era pool power freights to 2000-era Amtrak and double-stack inter-modal trains. The club was featured in Scale Rails in early 2004.
HO and N Roseville Roundhouse Model RR Club
30 X 17 Scenery: 70% MRC DCC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Roseville Roundhouse Model Railroad Club was founded in 1977 by a small group of modelers in the home town of Southern Pacific's Jennings Yard. Over time, the group moved to several locations before coming back to the Placer County Fairgrounds where they started. The HO layout is approximately 30x17 and is built in the shape of a "Z" for the membership to operate trains. The N scale layout is fully sceniced and is both DC and DCC by operating one mainline per control system. The club's Western Sierra Lines Railroad is freelanced on both layouts.
HO Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central
40 X 60 Scenery: 80% Digitraxx DCC Special adaptations for handicapped
Since 1948, the Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society has been the premier model railroad club in the Sacramento region. A new layout was started in 2002 to represent the Southern Pacific from Oakland Pier to Sacramento, and the Western Pacific from Sacramento to Keddie, CA. The society also has one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California featuring prototype scenes of the East Broad top, Colorado and Southern, and the SP narrow gauge. The standard gauge is Digitrax DCC interfaced with CMRI and Panel Pro. The club operates a prototype tri-color CTC signaling system featuring an original Western Pacific US&S Sacramento dispatching panel.
HOn3 Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central (NG)
14 X 35 Scenery: 66% DC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Sierra Central Narrow Gauge is a loop to loop railroad with several branches connecting lumber camps, mines, and oil fields to the mainline. The railroad's location is freelanced, but scenes are themed around prototypes such as the East Broad Top Orbisonia Shops, Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Owenyo Transfer Trestle, and Westside Lumber Camp 7. With most scenes finished and detailed, the layout is in full operation. The main aisle of the layout is handicapped accessible. This is one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California.
HO Tidewater Southern Historical Society Tidewater Southern
20 X 60 Scenery: 80% No hazards http://tidewatersouthernrailway.org
This is a large club layout depicting the Tidewater Southern between the Port of Stockton and Modesto, California with two Branch lines to Turlock and Manteca. In addition to the layout, the club has an extensive display of Tidewater Southern artifacts on display.
HO Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society Diablo Valley Lines
54 X 32 Scenery: 100% No hazards http://www.wcmrs.org
The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society can trace its beginnings to 1948, when the original group began meeting in each other's homes. Their display of a 4x8 foot portable layout at special events such as Walnut Creek's annual Walnut Festival led to their first permanent railroad in a freight shed moved onto a leased site near the Walnut Creek Southern Pacific depot in 1950. This location served to house an impressive 20 x 40 foot layout until 1970 when flood control work along the creek, from which the city derives its name, required relocating the SP track and, of course, the WCMRS clubhouse. At that time the WCMRS solved their clubhouse problem by reaching an agreement with the City of Walnut Creek for the present site with a structure that was the first in California (and one of very few in the world) to be designed and built specifically to house a model railroad. The actual construction work was done in two years by members of the Society and upon completion in 1974 the building was donated to the city of Walnut Creek and the building of the Diablo Valley Lines Railroad commenced.

The current Diablo Valley Lines has over 4,300 feet of hand laid track on 175,000 individual ties with more than 340 turnouts. The entire road is HO scale and has standard gauge, narrow gauge, freight and and interurban trolley lines. Under normal operating conditions it requires about 45 minutes for one train to complete a single circuit of the mainline.

L651 FRIDAY SELF GUIDED - EXTRA TICKET Click to Order
Friday Evening July 8 $2.00 Dep 6:00 PM Ret 10:00 PM
Additional ticket for L650.

L701 PENINSULA GARDENS Click to Order
Saturday All Day July 9 $35.00 Dep 7:30 AM Ret 6:30 PM
This tour has been expanded to visit seven really interesting garden railways in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each of these railways features well built outdoor railroads in garden settings that are sure to be of great interest to those into gardening as well as garden railway aficionados. Lunch will be on your own from a selection of fast food restaurants available at a local shopping area.
G Frank Schwarb Vallejo Valley RR
Track power Average house (1-2 steps)
The Vallejo Valley RR features Western California 1880-1930 with mining & lumber industries along with cattle and sheep, orchards and vineyards - a small agricultural town servicing local California industry. Many scratch built, kit and kit bashed structures including all of those made by Railroad Avenue are on Frank's railroad.
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.
G Robert Smith
Track Power No hazards
This 12 year old railroad has had several changes over the years. Three separate layouts travel throughout the backyard. The features include 60 buildings, 350 feet of track, 2 tunnels, 80 trees, 4 bridges and a life size potting shed built to look like a small railroad station. This railroad is well integrated into the backyard landscape.
G Jack Verducci MMR Crystal Springs Railroad
Live Steam No hazards
Jack's Crystal Springs Railroad represents a narrow gauge railroad that might have been. It is located on the SF peninsula. The line starts at the ocean shore town of Fog Harbor and climbs the coastal range to San Mateo and other points west. This garden has been featured in hundreds of articles in Garden Railways Magazine and several Garden Railway books. The owner is the premier garden railway builder in the country.
G Bill Allen Bill, Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Live Steam & Track Power No hazards
Bill Allen runs both live steam and electric. The garden has miniature trees and plants and lots of scratch built items. The layout depicts the Truckee and Virginia City's gold and silver era. Seven hundred feet of layout with four looping and two back & forth tracks, and a 33' Koi pond with waterfall and river separate Virginia City from Truckee. The layout also has eight bridges, seven tunnels, 4% grades and a 40' mountain range. Bill has lots of scratch built structures and rolling stock. There is a second section elevated oval 21' X 31' designed for Live Steam with dual tracks and turnouts.
G Don Watters Lake Tahoe & Truckee Railroad
Battery & Track Power No hazards
This railway is integrated into the existing tall Redwood landscaping. It runs along the back and side fence in a specially constructed raised rock area. One end is a sparsely populated mountain setting. An over and under figure 8 loop crosses a waterfall over a long high trestle. The line travels by small settlements en route to a hillside town and railyard in the middle of another over and under elevation loop. There are approximately 30 buildings and many special details. This railroad was featured in Garden Railways magazine.
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.

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