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

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SP Vasona Branch
Robert Bowdidge San Jose
HO Actual Southern Pacific Vasona Branch http://vasonabranch.blogspot.com/
Scenery: 65% 140 sq ft 110 feet
staging-to-staging switching, informal TT&TO EasyDCC
Accessibility unknown/not entered 1930's
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.

Op Session on Friday July 1 1900Advance Section22 miles, 28 minutes
Op Session on Sunday July 3 0930Advance Section22 miles, 28 minutes
SAL11 Southwest Bay (self-guided) Saturday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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