Updated August 11, 2013  Layout Details Thies, Vic & Sue - Too Much Fun Railroad (G) The G scale Too Much Fun Railroad layout consists of nine separate elevations with five loop and three point to point tracks. Two separate helixes raise and lower double rack/cog lines over five feet in elevation as trains make their way over waterfalls, koi and village ponds, mountain, western and fantasy villages including a newly constructed Wizard of Oz themed area. Five trains crossseparate bridges at a dramatic and picturesque focal point waterfall. With over 1,100 feet of track of which 300 feet transcends elevated steel bridges, the TMFRR is truly a "one of a kind" garden railroad experience.  In addition, the TMFRR incorporates a suspended patio RR system that has four siding tracks, three of which enter the home where consists are parked ready to make their trip to the outside world. The railroad comes to life after dark with over 10,000 LED lights illuminating every building, village and scene. Treat, Bob - The Snow Creek Railroad (G) John Allen is alive and living in Bob Treat's garden! When you see the finescale outdoor model railroad Bob has built it will remind you of the magic of the master himself. Some see the resemblance to the work of Malcom Furlow and John Olsen.  But Bob, having been an artist for the Disney empire, has his own special signature. Bob is a professional artist and his railroad reflects his artist's eye. It is one of the most realistic garden railways around, with tremendous attention to detail in every aspect of its design and execution. It's one of those iconic railroads that is instantly recognizable, no matter how small a part of it appears in the picture. This railroad has been featured in many national publications including Finescale Railroader (Nov. 1996, Jan. 1997), Model Railroader (June 2002), Garden Railways (Oct. 2006) and Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette (Nov/Dec 2007). Battery-powered locomotives are controlled using radio remote controls. Trotter, Dick  - Coyote Pass & Northern RR (HO) This layout is housed in its own space, which has expanded over the years to accommodate a quest for increasingly realistic switching operations and destinations.  Most of the equipment is pre-1970s with an interesting mix of sound-equipped steam and diesel locomotives.  Scenery, including beautiful backdrops, reflects the Southwest with well-developed city and industry scenes.  Several of the city scenes feature towering skyscrapers. There are a number of up- front structures employing photographic fascia but they are very difficult to spot from regular structures with three-dimensional fascia. And there are photographs printed on quality matte paper and glued over the backdrop for shallow-relief structures. Track is Code 83 and 70 with commercial turnouts. The layout usesNCE DCC for control and RailOp for traffic management. PhotoLink:http://www.flickr.com/photos/panentilt/with/2910452543/#photo_2910452543 Varnell, Ronald  - Union Pacific (HO) This individually-owned layout is club size, occupying a 1,400 square foot space in a light industrial complex.  It is a UP-oriented layout featuring both standard and narrow gauge operations. Set in the 1958 to 1970 era, industrial activities include oil extraction, logging, strip and gold mining plus numerous other businesses which rely on railroad freight service.  Railroad facilities include a twenty-three stall roundhouse, two turntables and an operating hump yard.  Four trains normally are operated simultaneously using train order and timetable authority and DCC controlled power.  Also housed in the layout room is a very large collection of brass locomotives, including many rare and limited production models. Wallace, Allan - Goldfield & Hangtown (HO) The Goldfield & Hangtown Railroad is set in the 1890-1915 time-frame, and covers the arid terrain of Nevada to the Sierra foothills in California. The railroad links Goldfield with a Southern  Pacific branch through its connection at Hangtown. Scenery includes extensive rockwork and realistic ground cover. There are many craftsman and scratch-built structures as well as a large variety of bridges, each designed for the requirements of its particular setting and traffic.  Rolling stock includes many scratch-built wooden freight cars and craftsman Labelle passenger cars. There are several distinct mining towns with mining operations and trackage. The layout room is 20 feet by 25 feet, devoted entirely to the railroad. All visible track is hand-laid, with two double- slip switches and two turntables with custom-built indexing systems. The main line throttles are from the 1960s articles by Lynn Westcott and the yard has an exceptional pulse throttle devised by Dave Allen. The Goldfield & Hangtown appeared in the January 2011 issue of MODEL RAILROADER magazine as "Diamond Stacks in the Desert".  The seven page article was written by Allan with photos by Steve Crise. Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/goldfield_and_hangtown_railroad/with/3388358670/ http://awwallace.webs.com/ghrrpictures.htm Wexler, Dan  - Hamlin & Valley Central Railway (HO) The HO scale Hamlin & Valley Central Railway is a freelanced railroad representing a forty-mile "short haul road" serving more than forty industries. The time frame is the peak of the citrus harvest of 1964. The H&VC interchanges with the AT&SF at Descanso, the Western terminus of the railroad. The 18 foot x 20 foot double-decked layout is housed in a finished and air con- ditioned garage. The track plan features a point to point configuration with more than 300 feet of track. There are more than seventy turnouts with a minimum mainline radius of 24 inches. A rudimentary signaling system indicates turnout status.  Due to the ruling grade of 2.3 percent frequent short trains are the rule. The layout uses Digitrax DCC and a combination of tethered, duplex and simplex radio control throttles. Motive power is a combination of first generation Alco diesels and some steam. Most locomotives are equipped with sound decoders. Railroad operations are governed by Rail-Ops. A typical session takes six operators two and a half hours to complete. Angels Gate Hi-Railers (O) The club grew out of a search by members of the Valley Toy Train Club's "Tinplate Trackers" O- Gauge modular group for a site for a permanent layout and/or a site where modules could be set up on a long-term basis. After some letter writing and a little bargaining by the Tinplate Trackers with the L.A. Recreation and Parks Department, the Department agreed to let the group have a building. The layout is basically a large "out and back" complex oval consisting of a primary and secondary mainline-both supported by a seven-track staging yard. They also are supported by a small through yard about midway through the layout. There is about 1,200 feet of track, including the staging yard. The benchwork is complete with two operational mainline loops running with mountain branch line and harbor industrial sections. The primary mainline is designed for operation in either direction and is equipped with block signals. There are two scratch-built wooden trestles. An additional upper level was added in 2012, thus allowing for three main lines and up to twelve trains running at one time. Trains can run in conventional mode as well as Lionel TMCC, Legacy and MTH DCS. Website: home.earthlink.net/~mcjackson/angelsgate.htm Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club (N) Built in the second story of a former Army barracks, this layout measures 25 feet by 90 feet. The track plan features ten scale miles of double track from the city of Belmont to Bakersfield, plus a single track line to San Joaquin. Beyond San Joaquin a branch line is under construction to Carbondale, where it will interchange with a narrow gauge railroad. A notable feature of this track plan is that a train never passes through a scene more than once, except on the loop. Website: www.belmontshorerr.com Track Plan: http://www.belmontshorerr.com/layout.pdf California Southern Model Railroad Club -California Southern Lines (HO) The CSMRRC was formed in 1984 with the merger of the North Orange County Modular Rail- roaders and the Cerritos Valley Model Railroad Club. The purpose was to build and operate a large permanent HO scale railroad for the enjoyment of its members. Construction on the club's first layout began shortly after acquiring suitable quarters in the city of Norwalk. The HO scale layout presently under construction is the club's second one. Their first layout, built and operated from 1985 to 1997, was a single track mainline with passing sidings. There was a yard at each end of the run, with a connecting track to form a continuous loop. There were numerous prob- lems with the design, mainly focusing on accessibility. Some areas were in excess of four feet from the nearest aisle, making it difficult to do routine maintenance. After ten years of operation things were beginning to wear out. The club decided that the old layout should be replaced with new one. A series of meetings and surveys resulted in establishing what the membership wanted in a new layout. Several plans were submitted and in 1997 a final one was selected. Construc- tion on the new layout began shortly after the July 1997 open house. The new layout includes an innovative "mushroom" design with two levels, stacked one on top of the other, but with the aisle ways reversed.  This design maximized the utilization of the 24 foot x 73 foot space available. The layout is loosely based on the Southern California area, albeit with some "modeler's license" thrown in. The club intends to keep the railroad non-era specific by changing structures and vehicles to represent different eras as desired. There is enough room on the mainline loop for five trains plus three to four locals and yard jobs throughout the layout.  The staging yard has tracks that average about 23 feet in length. This allows for a train of about 25 to 35 cars. Passing sidings are expected to be about 25 to 30 feet long. The minimum radius on the main- line is 40 inches in the visible areas, and 36 inches in the hidden areas.   The minimum radius on industrial track is 20 inches.  The club has operated under Digitrax DCC since 2007. Website: http://www.californiasouthern.org/ Chula Vista Live Steamers The Chula Vista Live Steamers was established in 1974 to build and operate scale models of real (live steam) machinery. For nearly forty years the CVLS has operated in Rohr Park giving rides to the public and putting smiles on the faces of children and adults alike. Their engines and associated equipment are usually built and operated by the owner and are maintained by them at their considerable expense of time and money. But "Live Steam" is more than just trains. Just to name a few, "Live Steam" also includes steam powered tractors, stationary mill engines, steam driven pumps, hammers, calliopes, pile drivers, cranes, boats, and cars. Presently, the largest interest of CVLS live steam activity is heavily oriented toward trains. Video Clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAchvrJdgFk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wem4L7acsbM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B3u4iR9hrg Corona Model Railroad Society The Corona Model Railroad Society was created to represent 1949 Corona, Riverside, and Fullerton in the heyday of its citrus production.  This year also encompasses the larger trans- itional period from steam to diesel.  An entire house, which sits on city park property at Corona Heritage Park, is devoted to the 700 sq. ft. display.  The HO model railroad depicts a part of Corona and local points east with the Santa Fe Railway mainline and the Pacific Electric Rail- way.  The actual layout consumes 565 square feet and has 650 feet of Code 83 track.  A two percent double-track helix, 98 turnouts and an eight-track 312-car staging yard are part of the track plan.  DCC control is provided by NCE PH Pro unit with NCE hand controllers.  The lighting system is programmed to represent a twenty-four hour day.  Website: http://www.cmrsclub.org/ East Valley Lines Club - East Valley Lines (N) The N scale East Valley Lines covers approximately 1,500 square feet and is undergoing a major rebuilding.  The layout may not be operational during the Convention.  The original layout was completely removed and there is no scenery on the new layout. The layout is designed as a duel track walk around DC layout with no switching.  Switching is done on a point to point DCC single track inside the duel main line.  The intent is to have a freelance Southern California layout that has trains running for the public and switching operations that don't interfere with the DC track.Visitors who come to the Travel Town location should get the attention of a member inside, show them their Convention Badge, and they should be invited in to see the progress. Glendale Model Railroad Club - Verdugo Valley Lines (HO) The 25 foot x 40 foot HO scale Verdugo Valley Lines portrays 1950s Southern Pacific operations between downtown Los Angeles and Bakersfield. Intermediate stations represented are San Fernando, Saugus, Lancaster, Mojave and Caliente. Represented facilities include the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal and supporting coach yards, roundhouse, diesel facilities, Taylor Yard, the Glendale Station and the City of Burbank. On the Verdugo Valley lines trains headed west originate on the right, leaving from Union Station, Taylor Yard or Glendale. En route to Bakersfield the will meet and pass eastbound trains by the means of sidings at intermediate stations. Between stations trains will often disappear into tunnels and on to hidden tracks, only to reappear later on the way to their destination. Bakersfield, the point of origin for eastbound trains is hidden under the mountains at the rear of the layout where there is a yard with holding tracks for trains awaiting departure. Regardless of direction, all trains traverse a replica of Southern Pacific's engineering marvel, the Tehachapi Loop.Trackage includes 400 feet of main- line, 90 feet of branch line, 120 feet of narrow gauge and 150 feet of trolley.  The four main yards have a capacity of over 300 cars.Today, improvements are continually being made during weekly work sessions, all in the interest of creating a better miniature railroad. Website: http://www.gmrrc.org/ Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club (HO) This is an HO scale modular railroad club located in a semi-permanent location.  They operate steam and diesel powered trains using Digital Command Control (DCC) on a very large layout. The layout is capable of running 10 to 15 trains at one time.  The current layout is similar to the club's setup at the Ventura County Fair in 2010 that was 15 feet x 36 feet, only much larger at approximately 1,700 sq. ft. The modules they are using at this location include the Kaboom Trestle, Coal Canyon (now known as John McCaddin RV Park - after their deceased friend and lifelong train buff), parts of the Golden Valley module, plus new modules consisting of a Proctor & Gamble facility, ADM grain elevator, Bakersfield Yard, Leddo City, an engine repair facility, packing yard, slaughterhouse and icing rack. The Bakersfield Yard incorporates a new round house with an operating turntable. Website: http://www.gcmrc.com/ Highland Park Society Of Railroad Engineers - Highland Pacific Railroad (HO) The Society has constructed a railroad empire with 3,500 feet of track in a 40' x 42' layout room.  The mainline is 1,200 feet long with additional trackage for industrial spurs, yards, etc.  Loosely based on the Western Pacific, the railroad travels through view breaks from a waist high seaport to six foot high majestic western mountain range.  Trains are operated in prototype fashion by Centralized Traffic Control Center, from five road cabs and ten yard panels.  Ninety percent of scenery is complete along with 100% of track.  Branch lines in progress include a lumber railroad, a narrow gauge ore hauler and future interurban line. Special effect lighting insures realism by adding daylight, dusk, nighttime and dawn. Website: http://highlandpacificrr.com/ Inland Terminal Model Railroad Club - Inland Terminal Railroad (S) The club operates 2,000 feet of standard gauge mainline, featuring a three-level helix in its own 20' x 40 building.  Also featured is a variety of equipment, including converted American Flyer.  The layout was started in the 1950s as a freelance, double mainline, two level continuous-run railroad with three yards and a mountain pass reverse loop.  Once a classical configuration with two dispatch/operator stations the layout today uses wireless walk-around cabs for locomotive control.  Track and turnouts are hand laid with mostly Code 100 rail to reflect the scale nature of the layout.  In addition there is a 150 foot Sn3 single mainline and yard under construction. 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