Updated August 11, 2013  Layout Details Bradley, Marty - Oakhurst Railroad (HO) The Oakhurst Railroad is standard gauge HO scale model railroad running through the central Sierra town of Oakhurst, California and set in the 1920s. Although no real railroad ever ran through Oakhurst, the area is rich in logging and gold mining history and several logging railroads operated nearby that inspired the model railroad. The Oakhurst Railroad is a two level point-to-point railroad with a helix and an optional continuous run.  For operations, run with a new fast clock system, trains are put together in the Oakhurst yard and then travel to the logging or mining areas on the upper level.  Logs are taken from Camp 3 or Central Camp to the North Fork sawmill.  Cut lumber and mining ore are taken to Oakhurst for interchange with a Southern Pacific branch line that connects to the mainline in Fresno.  Passenger trains take guests to and from the Yosemite resort in Wawona. A round trip is equivalent to three scale miles, all in an 8.5 x 11 ft room.  The Oakhurst Railroad has been upgraded to Digitrax DCC and features scenic upgrades since the last tour which include a new craftsman hotel building similar to the Wawona Hotel and a steam donkey, high line, and loading deck at Central Camp.The Oakhurst Railroad even has its own Facebook page and website: ( www.oakhurstrailroad.com ).  Photos may be viewed at: http://s112.photobucket.com/albums/n183/mkbradley_photos/ Brody, Todd & Linda - Tortoise and Lizard Bash (G) Todd and Linda Brody are pleased to invite you, your family, and your guests to the 2012 Season for the T&LB Garden Railroad.  The landscape covers about 1,200 square feet with about 600 feet of track and six bridges, including a 14-foot long trestle.  Using simple track power, the railroad can run itself fully automated with up to seven trains that slow and/or wait for each other as necessary to avoid collisions at crossing points. The layout is built around two volcanic areas that spew into various lakes through waterfalls.  The volcanoes also result in geothermal activity,  and the Chameleon Caverns hot springs area lets the towns' folk "take the waters" for both health and recreational activities.  All vegetation is real and to scale.  The entire layout is detailed with dozens of structures, over 300 people and animals, cars, motorcycles, etc. all at a scale of ½ inch per foot. The major urban area is Tortoise Town and all structures are named for their reptilian counterparts.  When sheriff "Chuck Walla" isn't getting a soda at Dragon Lizard Drugs, he may be getting a haircut at Cooter's Clip Joint or calling on Ms. Lizzie at Collard Lizard Clothiers.  The "Lounge Lizards" jazz band is featured entertainment in the town circle. Brody's B&B (Booze and Babes) includes a "red light" district and is next to the Bear Whiz Beer Brewery and the hot air balloon launch facilities.  Two farm/ranches operate in the area as well as a feed and grain facility for the chickens, cows, sheep, and horses.  An active gold mine is continually conducting blasting.  An aerial tramway takes passengers out to the island to view the falls and for horseback ridding at the nearby stables.  Additionally, the Bear Whiz Beer Icing Facility is now in full operation and Gustav may be seen actively pushing ice into a reefer.  Caves, Rob - Eastern California Railroad (HO) The Eastern California Railroad is a quad-deck, DCC, near-constant-grade helix garage layout in a 20 foot x 20 foot space.  The layout packs a lot of model railroading into a relatively small space.  As the trains traverse the four decks of the layout they travel north from San Diego, CA,  through historic Los Angeles Union Station before heading out through eastern California and the Nevada silver lode.  The line traces the route of the former Carson & Colorado as if that  route now was a part of modern-day mainline operations  (Union Pacific, BNSF, and Amtrak).  Trains then travel through the glitz of Reno, Nevada, before turning north-west into the wood- covered mountains of Northern California and Oregon.Highlights include a scratch-built model of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, prototype inspired trackage, including Los Angeles River interchange, San Diego Union Station and tracks, San Clemente's beach and pier, Feather River Canyon, lots of deserts, an Oregon sawmill, and much more. Operations primarily focus on mainline running, with occasional switching.  The other main feature of the layout involves passenger operations at LAUPT. Trains are staged around the layout to arrive and depart the terminal running on a real-time clock based on a slightly-embellished modern-day timetable. These operations can keep up to five operators and a dispatcher literally busy all day! More recently, up-coming California High Speed Rail and Xpress West passenger trains have been added to the roster, creating even more operational interest. The layout's recent second anniversary marks Rob's re-entering the hobby after "real life" got in the way during college.  From surf and sand, to desert and mountain, the Eastern California Railroad aims to capture the diverse flavor of the golden state. Video Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BnXnLLLVhU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD0JcYh7rts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TGASCuJzMs Clarkson, Roger  - R&F Railroad (G & HO) Roger's G scale railroad is one of Southern California's best known garden railroads, covering one-third of an acre with 3,000 feet of track.  Up to seventeen trains operate simultaneously over bridges, across waterfalls, through scenic towns, and through numerous tunnels. The meticulously maintained garden landscaping is among the best in Southern California.  There are ponds, a forty-foot train shed and night lights, an oil refinery and hydroelectric plant.His 22 foot x 32 foot HO layout scale layout is housed in a three-car garage. It is fully sceniced and highly detailed.  Up to six trains operate at once.  This railroad features over a hundred highly detailed structures, all illuminated by miniature lights.  There are numerous animated scenes thoughtfully placed throughout the layout. These fantastic railroads have been documented by CNN, NBC, Australian television as well as local cable television. Website: http://www.rfrailroad.com/ Daumann, Al - Burney, Redding & Western (HO) The all steam Burney, Redding & Western (BR&W) is a freelanced-prototype railroad set in Northern California in 1947 and is loosely based on the McCloud River Railroad.  The BR&W has its main hub in Redding with mainline spokes that interchange with the Great Northern and Western Pacific in Nubieber (and beyond to Alturas), the Northwestern Pacific in Eureka and the Western Pacific in Sacramento. The primary commodities originating on the BR&W are lumber and copper ore. The modeled section of the line represents the main BR&W yard in Redding through to another major yard in Bieber. This Ho scale layout is built in a 10 foot x 12 foot spare room. The BR&W is point to point with a four track stub end staging yard representing Sacra- mento, a three track staging yard representing Eureka, and a four track removable staging yard representing the GN interchange in Nubieber and the northeast terminus of the BR&W in Alturas.  The layout is a double-deck walk around style.  The benchwork runs around the walls and a center peninsula. The 100 foot mainline has three towns with three passing sidings between Redding and Bieber. The BR&W includes both an on-layout branch line and one terminating in staging. A three percent grade around the room "nolix" connects the two levels. There is a nod- under to enter the layout. Aisle width is on the narrow side. As of Feb 2013 all mainline, passing sidings, staging, and most industrial trackage is complete. The final track work is being done in industry related areas. Fascia and hardshell mountains with tunnel portals have been installed. Some structures exist in a cardboard mockup stage. Control is by Digitrax wireless throttles. There are a few sound equipped locomotives on the layout. Traffic control is by Timetable and Train Order.  A 1:1 clock is used resulting in a three to four hour session. A 24-hour timetable is used. Each session has about five scheduled trains plus another eight to ten extra trains. Train orders are issued by a dispatcher/operator located outside the layout room and hand passed to crews. DeFrancesco, George - The Desert Belt Lines (HO) The Desert Belt Lines fill an entire three-car garage with dramatic red rocky cliffs reaching to the ceiling and numerous industrial branches, towns and a large city filled with lofty buildings.  This layout features many sound-equipped steam and diesel locomotives, DCC control, integrated signals and several large, towering scratch-built bridges.  The main line covers five scale miles, taking long trains from belt to eye level.  The extensive yards, mining and industrial facilities generate heavy traffic on this free lanced railroad. Dunakin, Ray  - In-ko-pah Railroad (1/24th) In-ko-pah Railroad is a 1/24th scale, narrow gauge, out door model railroad built into a steep hillside.  It occupies a space measuring fifty feet across, by twenty feet deep. The height from the pathway at the base of the layout to the top of the mountain at the rear of the layout is about 12 to 14 feet.The basic track plan is a long dog bone loop folded into an overlapping "Z" with roughly 250 to 300 feet of mainline track. There are three sidings including one that is not yet finished. The layout features many tunnels, bridges and trestles, each scratch built to fit the terrain, with scenery inspired by the San Diego & Arizona famed Carrizo Gorge. The railroad also features several detailed, scratch-built structures, many with interior details and lighting. Fearn, Terry  - Denver & Rio Grande Western (HOn3) Terry's HOn3 layout is based on the Denver & Rio Grande Western's Marshall Pass line. The principal town on the layout is Sapinero, west of Gunnison, Colorado, with a branch line to Lake City.  The layout is set in the mid-1930s when the annual livestock movements and lumber were the primary traffic for the railroad plus a daily passenger train. The layout was started in 2002 and partially fills a 10' x 12' foot spare bedroom.  Construction is nearly complete with some minor additional scenery remaining to be completed.  Operations are point-to-point with the branch to Lake City.  Power is DC with block control. Structures are a combination of kit and scratch-built buildings.  A photograph of the layout appeared in the August 2011 edition of MODEL RAILROADER in the Trackside Photos section. Frank, Tom  - Costa & Summit (On30) Tom's previous layouts were located in. His current On30 Costa and Summit Railroad is a double-deck design and, while not quite as large as the Fontana layouts, still measures 23 feet by 11 feet in a dedicated room. It is a freelance concept set somewhere on the Pacific Coast and running up the mountain to the town of Summit. It is a pure point-to-point operation with small yards and industries at both ends. There is a small logging camp and a small mine along the route with one passing siding about midway.  There are many, many realistic structures on this railroad. About seventy percent of the high quality scenery is complete. The layout is fully operational using the RailOp software program to generate traffic and keep track of the location of all cars on the layout. The layout is DCC controlled with sound in all locomotives. The roster consists of about 45 freight cars, two passenger cars and six locomotives. Gorjans, Jeff  - San Dimas Southern (HO) The San Dimas Southern is a very complete 6 foot x 9 foot miniature world built inside a play- house Jeff constructed for his daughter many years ago. There are over 725 trees and many, many highly detailed scenes on this layout. Jeff started with a freelance design on paper and then refined with the help of Riley Triggs using 3rd Planit. Jeff says having a CAD program of the layout was the best thing he ever did in layout planning. The layout is DCC controlled and includes a LocoShuttle to automatically operate the branch line. "LocoShuttle" provides unattended train movements under automatic control, to create "background activity" or function as part of the manual operating sequence. A majority of the structures were built by good friend, Art Sousa, using Jeff's designs. This decision was made after Jeff realized his thirty-plus kit- bashed styrene structures weren't going to fit the bill for the 1920-30s era. The San Dimas Southern was featured in the 2011 issue of GREAT MODEL RAILROADS. Also on display is one of the Nation's largest collections of railroad signals and cast iron wayside signs.  Jeff's focus is on train order semaphores and block semaphores, all operational.  The cast iron sign collection consists of over four dozen examples. Photo websites: http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e55/Margaritaman/San%20Dimas%20Southern/?albumview =slideshow http://cs.trains.com/trccs/media/p/1964219.aspx http://picasaweb.google.com/snajrog/SanDimasSouthernRR# Graves, Rick - Tehachapi Loop (HO) Rick models the Tehachapi Loop in the spring of 1950. His layout completely occupies a 14' x 12' spare bedroom. The layout is DCC controlled (Digitrax) and the locomotives are sound equipped. Rick runs run both steam and diesel appropriate to the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific motive power in use over the line at that time.  One interesting and extremely well done feature of this layout is the use of shallow relief hills to duplicate the Tehachapi loop area. The hills are painted and sceniced using a shading technique which gives them depth well beyond their quarter-inch thickness.  Up to five trains are staged behind the hills and in other areas to allow a parade of Southern Pacific and Santa Fe consists typical for the time modeled. Rick's layout was featured in Great Model Railroads 2009 published by Kalmbach Publishing Co., publisher of MODEL RAILROADER. Grech, Bob - Western Pacific (HO) Bob is modeling a free lance railroad set in the years 1935-37 that happens to use the name of the well-know western railroad. The primary commodities hauled by the railroad include coal and lumber, with the coal industry modeled from the mine to harbor-side loading facilities.  This HO scale layout originally occupied a 10' x 12' spare bedroom.  Bob moved it to a newly-constructed room measuring 28' x 18'.  Scenery is about ninety percent complete and features two new dramatic waterfalls.  He also has added a large classification yard and turntable. Trains require more than fourteen minutes to make a complete loop on the new 350-foot long mainline. Almost all the structures are scratch-built of wood, have interior detailing and lighting, and reflect careful attention to weathering.  Several structures feature live sound and lighting effects, including a gun fight in the town saloon.  All track is hand-laid Code 83 and 70 on real wood ties.  Bob's original WP was the Third Place winner in MODEL RAILROADER's 2006 Small Layout contest and was featured in the November issue that same year. Website: http://s59.photobucket.com/albums/g300/engineerbob/ Harris, Steve  - Rio Grande Southern (HOn3) Steve Harris' HOn3 Rio Grande Southern is housed in a 32-foot office trailer located on his rural home site. Steve's railroad was on the cover of MODEL RAILROADER in November 2004 and July 2009 and has published many articles in the NARROW GAUGE & SHORT LINE GAZETTE. His layout is built on two levels and operates by DCC with a SoundTraxx Tsunami sound system.  The helix on Steve's layout has been replaced by a fully automatic train elevator based on Dick Robert's design and was featured in the June 2009 MR. The upper level is 100% complete, and the lower level is 50% complete. All track and switches are hand-laid and most of the structures are scratch-built. The scenery and structure weathering on this layout are first rate. Photo Links: http://picasaweb.google.com/Stevenleroyharris/RicoOnSteveHarrisHOn3RGS# http://picasaweb.google.com/Stevenleroyharris/DurangoOnSteveHarrisHOn3RGS# Hermsmeyer, Philip  - Ocean Shore Railway & Navigation Company (On30) The Ocean Shore Railway & Navigation Company is a three-car garage-sized On30 layout. The operating theme is a fictions railroad that operates along the California coast from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. Most of the equipment is Bachmann, Backwoods Miniatures and Boulder Valley Models, all weathered and weather-beaten to achieve the right narrow gauge flavor. The layout operates off traditional track-powered DCC using the Easy DCC System, plus several loco- motives are equipped with Tam Valley Depot lithium-ion battery systems by Duncan McRee. The layout is large enough to have both producers and refiners for several industries including agriculture, logging, mining and oil extraction.  Refined goods are shipped by the Ocean Shore R&N Company via rail connections with the NPC and SPC narrow gauges, as well as the rail- road's own ocean wharf facilities in Davenport, California. All benchwork is complete, the hand- laid track is about sixty percent complete and scenery is in progress.  His plan is to have the entire layout about sixty percent or more complete by the Convention.  This would include an area of about 20 feet x 18 feet in a 20 foot x 30 foot space.   The balance of the railroad will be operational with track and ballast but will not be fully complete from a scenery perspective. The Ocean Shore Railway & Navigation Company is loosely based on the real standard gauge Ocean Shore Railroad that operated up until the early 1920s. Construction began in 1905 at both ends, but the line was never completed. The 1906 earthquake caused major damage and delayed completion of the railroad. The tracks from San Francisco were completed to south of Half Moon Bay. The tracks north from Santa Cruz were completed as far north as Swanton. Trackage within San Francisco was electrified, while the rest of the line was operated with steam l ocomotives, and later, with self-propelled railcars. The railroad never recovered from losses in the 1906 earthquake and failed to attract enough freight traffic to cover increasing deficits Ivison, Dennis - South Pacific Coast Lines (On30) Dennis always loved steam engines and narrow gauge trains, so after 35 years in N-scale he tore down his Southern Pacific of Arizona layout and switched to O scale. The new narrow gauge layout is in the same 20 foot x 28 foot train room.This new layout, set in the fall of 1900 to 1909, is based on the South Pacific Coast subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Lines which ran from the Oakland Mole through San Jose, then up and over the Coast Range down to Santa Cruz. Dennis is modeling the portion of railroad that ran from Laurel through eight tunnels (two of them over a mile long), redwood forests and numerous bridges, finally terminating at a wharf in Santa Cruz.  The prototype was scheduled to be standard gauged when the San Francisco earthquake hit, further delaying the conversion to standard gauge for another two years. The bench work is built almost entirely out of blue/pink foam, and the hills of white beaded Styrofoam. The layout room is lighted for both daytime and night time operations. There are thirty-six speakers hidden in the layout with sound tracks provided by"Fantasonics Engineering" and freeware with localized sounds by "Innovative Train Technology" modules. Scenery is progressing and the inventory of scratch built and kit bashed structures is growing. The three turntables are Walthers HO scale models that have scratch built O scale A-frames added to them. The wharf, docks, tunnel portal/ linings, and all nine bridges on the layout are scratch built. Control is DCC using the MRC Prodigy Advanced Wireless system.  The track is Micro Engineering Code 83. Turnouts are either modified Micro Engineering #5's or hand-laid and are thrown with modified Precision Scale harp switches. The locomotives are Bachmann and have all been kit-bashed and weathered, with Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoders installed. The rolling stock is scratch-built, with a few pieces extensively "proto-bashed" for the South Pacific Coast. The layout is operated with train orders and a unique system using poker chips to keep track of car movements. Kenefick, Jack  - California & Southwestern (HO) This superb 11 foot x 9 foot layout was featured in June 1996 issue of MODEL RAILROADER and appeared on the 1996 NMRA National Convention layout tour.  The era is 1958 to 1965 and showcases Santa Fe and Southern Pacific trains.  The layout is a general representation of the Alameda Corridor from Los Angeles Harbor, with its detailed refineries and infrastructure, to downtown Los Angeles.  The operation, scenery and lighting are first-rate as are the numerous structures and details found throughout this layout. Komosinski, Mike - ATSF Needles District (N) This railroad represents the Santa Fe's Needles Division, from Barstow to Needles, in June 1954.  The layout has been constructed from a railfan's point of view, offering the visitor a parade of long trains running through well-detailed desert scenery.  Several Santa Fe passenger trains make regular appearances including the Chief, the Grand Canyon, The Fast Mail Express, as well as the El Capitan and the Super Chief.  The El Capitan features custom made passenger cars which are quite different from the Kato offerings. The layout consumes one bay of a three- car garage and draws inspiration from David Barrow's Cat Mountain & Santa Fe in that it is divided into four distinct viewing areas  The double tracked mainline features sweeping, super- elevated curves, a feature seldom seen in N scale.  The Needles Harvey House is represented as well as the Barstow diesel servicing facility.  The mainline is dotted with industries to add interest and action.  The operations are fed by 14 staging tracks in a concealed area of the room.  This layout was featured on the cover and in the September 2002 issue of MODEL RAILROADER. Leff, Richard - Panorama Pacific (HO) Richard replaced his free lanced transition era layout with a new three level layout. The upper two levels are built on foam insulation. The lower level is comprised of one inch particle board and foam. A larger turntable is located on the first level along with a good-size port.  Mountains are a combination of foam and plaster cloth. Overall theme is urban set in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Control remains Digitrax DCC. Lehrer, Lloyd  - Western & Terminal RR & Navigation Co. (HO & Hon3) This is an HO and HOn3 layout in a dedicated room measuring 11.5' x 22'.  There is a double deck track plan around the walls with a center peninsula. There is dual gauge area in the harbor on the lower level that leads to a yard with dual gauge turntable and the lower end of the HOn3.  The NG continues up the "NO-LIX", which is a transition grade around the wall and up the pen- insula to the upper deck where after running around the room terminates at the upper engine facilities.  The peninsula and the upper level are sceniced with three long trestles, cliffs, timber, mining (still in process of finishing), and a valley with grazing areas, rolling hills, mountains, small town and river. The lower level features a large and small harbors, mud flats and industries in dual, and primarily, standard gauge.  The track on the lower level is designed for continuous running if wanted and is essentially flat with one freight yard handling operations at the docks and one engine facility.  There are six to eight industries intended for the lower level plus one city area. Operations are point-to-point with two operating yards and turntables at both ends. Operations focus on local freight, minerals and logging.  Control is Digitrax DCC. Website: http://wandtrr.blogspot.com/ Maxwell, Burton - West Side Lumber Company (HOn3) Burton Maxwell is a guy who likes to make things with his hands, so it's no surprise that his Hon3 layout of the West Side Lumber Company is 90% scratch-built.  His wife, Patricia, joined him by doing the scenery. While basing his layout on the West Side Lumber company, Burton created a hypothetical background story.  It goes like this:  In 1963 a lumber company named Coastal Exteriors bought the logging rights of the West Side Lumber Company. The owners surveyed the territory and found lots of good timber, so they rebuilt the mill and re-opened the railroad, changing the company colors and lettering all the locomotives, buildings and cars with "Coastal Exteriors." This irritated the townspeople so much that the savvy public relations department of Coastal Exteriors took action. Coastal Exteriors owned the West Side name so some of the lettering was changed back, and most of the equipment was painted in original West Side colors. The layout depicts the day of June 5, 1965. The 16 by 40 layout has 110 feet of mainline and 116 feet of sidings. The track plan is point-to-point and starts at the mill and mill pond where scratch- built structures dominate the scene.  Slightly modifying plans by Russ Simpson, Burton built the mill, with its log haul and log-dump area and even carved a couple of the boats in the mill pond. Probably, the most amazing pieces of handwork on the layout are the locomotives. Burton has built all seven of the West Side Shays and two Heislers. The layout is currently operated by direct current and is divided into four blocks which can be run by four people at the same time.  The layout is also wired for DCC which will ultimately be the way it runs. Burton recently purchased his first LokSound decoder and will be installing it soon.  He is also working toward putting sound in the entire system. McKee, Jeff - Tigard & Grants Pass (On3) The On3 Tigard & Grants Pass is a fictional railroad based on Denver & Rio Grande Western equipment, integrating Colorado narrow gauge and waterfront scenes set in Oregon.  The era is the early 1940s. In Jeff's world, General Palmer actually built the D&RGW all the way to Salt Lake City and then on to Oregon, where it interchanges with Jeff's imaginary line.  This gives him a logical rational for running his own line and Rio Grande equipment.  Jeff built a series of shadow boxes which highlight individual scenes through which trains operate.  The shadow box design allows for easier relocation of the railroad should a move become necessary. Control has been transitioned from DCC to on-board battery power and R/C control for all locomotives. Jeff was one of the original members of the old Rusty Rails group from the 1970s and 1980s in North Orange County. Web photos: http://www.ocngm.com/Jeff/Layout.aspx Morse, Joel  - New York, Ontario & Western Railway (N) The New York, Ontario & Western Railway traversed the dairy lands of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York and the rich Pennsylvania coal fields around Scranton, until abandonment in 1957.  At one time the O&W was one of the region's heaviest haulers of milk and dairy products to the New York City area, as well as a large anthracite hauler. This approximately 120 square foot U-shaped N scale layout models the main line up and over the rolling hills surrounding the rural towns of Walton, Merrickville and Sidney, along with the Delhi Branch, in the spring of 1955. As modeled the line is a bit more prosperous and successful than in the real world O&W and is unlikely to be abandoned in just two years time. The line ships dairy products, coal, bluestone, farm products, produce, wood chemical products and a variety of manufactured goods, including magnetos from the famous Scintilla Works in Sidney, to points to the southeast and northwest. The layout is point to point designed for operation, with continuous running capability using Code 80 Atlas track and hand thrown Peco turnouts (with Hex Frog Juicers) and Digitrax DCC.  Seven staging tracks behind one backdrop represent the off-line connections; three tracks for stations and connections to the East, including an interchange with the New Haven and the end of the line at Weehawken, New Jersey, with car float service across the Hudson River to New York City. Three additional staging tracks represent stations and connections to the West, including inter- changes with the DL&W and the NYC, before the line reaches the coal docks at Lake Ontario.  The seventh staging track provides interchange with the D&H in the Sidney yard, where the two lines crossed. Operation sessions utilize the car card (with pictures) and waybill system along with prototype inspired Form 19s and Schedule to keep the trains moving. Local trains include ten to twelve cars headed by first generation diesel power originating in the Walton yard, including the Delhi Branch Turn and Delhi Coal Turn, both behind NW 2 or SW 1500 (due to weight restrictions), and the Sidney Turn, behind a pair of F3 A units, all in O&W livery.  Through trains originate from staging in both directions behind O&W FT A/B sets or with connecting road power, complicating local crew efforts.The first layer of scenery, including rolling hills and rock f aces (hand carved or from home made molds), roads and structures compliment the hand painted backdrop.  Maggie's Farm outside Walton is well enough along to be a favorite of visitors, as are the High Bridge at Sidney, the coal trestle in Delhi and the Cooperative Dairy (a Northeast Scale Model).  The freight depot at Delhi is scratch built model of the prototype. O'Connell, Jim - Pinnacle Creek Mining & Timber Co. (HO) The Pinnacle Creek Mining & Timber Co. is set in SE Alaska, up a fjord which is accessible by sea. It is a small subsidiary of a larger mining company. While most locos (a 3-truck Shay, a 3- truck Heisler and a 2-truck Climax) are fairly new, most of the rest of the layout shows signs of getting less attention. The date of the layout is October 1, 1931, the Great Depression is taking place, and small mining sites like the PCM&T have, for the most part, to rely on themselves and  not the parent company. The layout is built on open L-girder benchwork that has already housed Z and N Scale layouts. This is Jim's first HO endeavor. The PCM&T is an operations type of layout in that the locos do not go round and round. It is always back and forth and there are only two sidings for operations. Basically, the layout is very much scenery-based, that is Jim's specialty, but moving different combinations of ore cars gives plenty of operating fun for him. The layout is three levels with a 6.7 degree grade to be negotiated. Rockwork is fairly unique in that he used stucco, then carved the "rock" before it dried. There are two mines, a wharf, upon which sits an engine house and an ore tipple. These are all scratch-built. There is a mining camp with mostly scratch-built buildings. There are approximately 175 caspia trees, also made by Jim. The PCM&T is not a large road, but you will enjoy the quality of the work and appreciate what can be done in a bedroom-sized layout. Jim's primary interest is scenery. He's only been modeling since 2005 and has had layouts published in five railroad magazines. Continental Modeler has photos of his N Scale layout in their hands. He has built layouts in Z Scale and these layouts reside in Germany, Mexico City, Japan, Singapore, Iowa, two in Virginia, Florida and Oregon. So come to Santee and see the PCM&T. Some of you may know his old N layout, the Cascade Mining & Timber Co. 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