My layout is modeled after
Southern California during the early 1960s. It is built as a round the
room shelf type layout, 14 to 18 inches wide allowing for close up
photography. Enjoy the photo tour and be sure to check out more
web-article links for model building projects at the top and the bottom
of this page.
These are a new item from Century Foundry, Relay cases with electrical detail equipment inside.
Here is the link to Century Foundry
I've wondered how forklift's get into freight cars and reefers from the loading dock, so after some research I made a brass master pattern to cast up. I now have Dock Plates on my loading docks, if you need some of these for your loading docks, check here. Forklift Dock Plates
This is Athearn's new Southern Pacific's, HO Scale, GE U-50 running with a Kato U-25 B, These model diesels both run well together on a DC power supply. Back in the 1960s-70s, these two diesel prototypes ran together on Los Angeles transfers from Taylor to Colton Yard and back. I give this model U-50 an A+++!
newly painting desert backdrop for the Southerrn Pacific's, Jawbone Branch out of Mojave.
The prototype of this commute train in 1981 was known as "Baxter's Choo-Choo." Baxter Ward was a L.A. County Supervisor, 1974-80. His idea for a commuter rail system eventually turned into the L.A. Metrolink.
Here is the new Athearn, MT4 Locomotive out for its test run and photo.
The North Hollywood depot is now used for Railway Express and Pacific Motor Trucking freight shipments long after the Pacific Electric stopped running passengers in 1952. In later years SP repainted their structures to gray. This fine model kit is now produced by Showcase Miniatures on a limited production run.
The Burbank local makes a stop at the maintenance of way yard to set out several hopper cars of ballast.
Caboose 807 and train heading southbound on the Lone Pine branch.
There is new SW 1500, Athearn
switch engine on the layout, the SP 2467. You can see from the
prototype picture below that both engines are waiting on the main line
for the orders to move.
The SP 2462 (SW1500) and gravel
cars wait on the main line at Sun Valley. The work train will back up
all the way to San Fernando for the rebuilding of the main line there
after the Sylmar Earthquake in 1971.
The SP trackage runs along the Los Angeles River for many miles and also crossing it in several places. This fascia model was made from a corrugated cardboard box and Latex indoor paint.
The Westbound "Coast Mail" train is about to depart the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal.
The "Coast Mail" seen here passing Burbank Junction Tower.
The layout module in only fourteen inches wide at this point. On the prototype, a concrete drainage channel does runs along the tracks in the same place, however on the model, one channel side wall is used to make the facia.
Richard Hughes is a retired railroad conductor and owns this HO model of an SP, AC9. He worked for the SP back in the early 1950s and ran these monster locomotives on the Modoc Line in Northern
California. He says "these locomotives were very easy to operate!"
The Chatsworth Hauler eastbound off the Coast Line at Burbank.
NEW! Here's a Trona Railway, HO layout in PDF format (888.5KB), I had designed for the 2006 layout contest for Model Railroader Magazine. It didn't win, but this shelf layout can be expanded to whatever room size you may have.
Here is the Southern Pacific Searles Turn running at our club layout.
My wife Cheryl and I have produced a series of Christmas train stories for her nephew, we hope your Children will enjoy them too. The Town Christmas Tree This will be the last of the Christmas stories.