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|The Sierra Memories 2008
Convention layout tours will be both self-guided and
tour-guided. Layouts in the local Fresno/Clovis area will be
self-guided and self-driven. Layout tours to the Mariposa
area will be tour-guided on a van and will be extra fare items. Space will be limited
on the guided tours.
Vans will be available for layout tours Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings beginning at 6:00 PM. Fare: $10.00/seat. Leave the driving to us! Get your tickets at the Registration Desk.
NEW! Click here for a layout tours schedule. (PDF) Last updated: 4/25/08
NEW! Videos (low and high resolution) uploaded for each of the following layouts:
|Ron & Dave Baker||Clovis||HO||Ron and Dave's 16' X 24' HO layout depicts the 1940s to early 1960s featuring Milwaukee Road and D&RGW steam and early diesel electric locomotives. An NCE ProCab DCC system is used to control this freelanced three-level layout, including three reversing loops. The steam locomotive servicing facility features an operating 130' turntable, leading to a 6-stall roundhouse, and a coaling station. Also featured are several Fine Scale Miniature kits, including a passenger station. Most buildings have working lights to enhance night operations. A full switching yard is currently under construction.
Layout Tour: Thursday, May 1, 6:00 - 9:00 PM; NEW! ==> Friday, May 2, 6:00 - 9:00 PM; Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Belmont Train Group
|Fresno||HO||The Belmont Train Group operates a
three-level HO-scale layout on both sides of the 17' x 40' room
featuring a double-track mainline with plenty of switching
using Digitrax DCC. The two sides are connected via overhead
trackage. Scenery is about 30% complete.
Layout Tour: Wednesday, April 30, 12:00 to 7:00 PM
|Carter Braxton||Fresno||HO||Botum, Lyne &
Marqueting - The 15' x 18' Digitrax-controlled HO-scale layout is on
two levels and hangs 18 inches from the ceiling in an office
where no other space is available for a layout. Operators
stand on step ladders to view the action. A unique solution
to a common problem!
Layout Tour: Sunday, May 4, 12:00 to 3:00 PM
|Rob Briney||Clovis||HO||Sierra, Clovis & Western - Depicts Southern Pacific and
Santa Fe in Fresno and vicinity during the mid-1970s to
early 1980s era. Layout is a 13’ x 22’ double-deck along all
the walls with helix and center peninsula. This is a
switching layout with plenty of track mileage recreating
both railroads and the many industries they worked in
Fresno, Sanger, Reedley, Dinuba, Goshen and surrounding
areas before the attempted SP-SF merger. Switchlists are
used to route freight cars. Several custom-built structures
match prototypes in the area. Scenery is in progress. Layout
is built with welded steel benchwork. Control is by Digitrax
OpSIG #1: Saturday, May 3, 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Bring Digitrax throttle if you have them.
Layout Tour: Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, 6:00 - 9:00 PM;
|Marlin Costello, MMR||Fresno||HO||Goshen and Goosechase Shortline Railroad - This 40' x
40' triple-decked HO-scale layout on welded steel benchwork in its
own building includes California features with the Tehachapi
Loop and Caliente Loop, both scenicked using over 100 photos
and computer-matched colors, Fresno Calwa Yard and Foster
Farms Grain Facility. There are three other operating yards
including a container ship. Era is modern with the
capability of switching over to steam for special trains,
such as Daylight or PFE reefer trains. A double bascule
bridge frames the entryway into the layout room and leads to
an exposed "herniated" helix. There are 24 staging tracks
for 1,020 feet of storage and staging, plus the yard throats
leading in and out. Each yard is a different design from
easy-to-use to quite challenging. Operations are by radio
with dispatcher and track warrants. Switching is both by
engineer and yardmaster. The throat system was written up in
Loy's Toys Newsletter, and was a Sunday Feature in the
Fresno Bee. Train control is by a Digitrax radio system,
allowing a design capacity of 50 locomotives. The panel is
entirely computerized and uses Railroad & Co. for
dispatching and block detection. The layout has been under
construction since 1999. Mainline trackwork is complete,
scenery is in progress, and regular operating sessions have
Layout Tour: Friday, May 2, 3:00 - 9:00 PM
|Clay Cunningham||Fresno||HO||This 3-car garage 20' x 24' freelance BNSF or modern-day
SP layout, features a large diesel facility, large lower
level yard, intermodal yard, and a future 3rd level
The plywood-covered steel benchwork has 2 large modular sections that swing or roll out of the way to accommodate two cars.
Layout Tour: Friday, May 2, 6:00 - 9:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 - 9:00 PM, Sunday, May 4, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
|Tom Davis||Mariposa||O||This O-gauge 24' x 34' layout is set in Southern
California during the 1950's, with both Lionel steam and
diesel locomotives, running on Gargraves track, features
several scratch-built buildings, including the Bodie stamp
mill and Saugus Depot.
Layout Tour: Saturday, by Van Tour; Self-driven OK
|Leon & Zac Emory||Fresno||HO||Knucklehead Northern Railway - The 13.5' x 19.5'
fictitious Knucklehead Northern Railway, created by Leon and
his 15-year old son, Zac, has 245 feet of flex track on a
double-deck layout. Features include 2 extra large staging
yards, one small intermediate yard, 7 industries you can
switch, a working drive-in theater, full-size intermodal
yard, small town in center, over 200 locomotives, 350 cars,
and many custom or scratchbuilt specialties. The
Digitrax-controlled layout is fully operational with scenery
about 30% complete.
Layout Tour: Wednesday, April 30, 3:00 - 7:00 PM; Friday, May 2, 3:00 - 7:00 PM
|Fresno Model RR Club||Selma||HO, N||Daylight Valley Lines - The approximately 800 sq ft HO
layout on the 2nd floor of the old Selma Depot models the
Southern Pacific in the 1930's to 1960's era, from
Bakersfield to Madera, using modeler's license where
appropriate. Control is by Digitrax DCC. The 1st floor of
the depot accommodates a 12'x24' modular HO layout and a
permanent N-scale layout that is operational, but without
Layout Tour: Thursday, May 1, 4:00 - 9:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, May 3 & 4, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
|Chuck Harmon||Fresno||HO||San Joaquin Central -
Modeling the Southern Pacific's Sacramento Division from
Roseville to Truckee (Donner Pass) in the spring of 1949,
plus a fictional branchline located on the west slope of the
Sierra Nevada. The HO mainline is 200' long, with another 100'
on the branchline. Most of the trackage is handlaid on
milled pine roadbed. Especially nice is gauntlet trackage
across Long Ravine Trestle. Control is by a Lenz DCC system.
Scenery is about 25% complete.
OpSIG #3: Saturday, May 3, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Layout Tour: Friday, May 2, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
|John Houlihan||Fresno||O||Modeling the ATSF
yards in Fresno at Tulare and Q Streets. The 36' x 48'
O-scale layout has detection, signaling and transponding provided by
"TrainController" software from Railroad & Company. The
principal era modeled is 1947 to 1957 on a hot August
afternoon. Control is by a Digitrax DCC system. Photos
NEW ! ==> Video: Low resolution: 2.4 MB; High resolution: 38.6 MB. WARNING - LARGE FILES. For improved playback, right click to save/download and play from your PC. Running time: 4:43
Layout Tour: NEW ! ==> Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 - 11:00 PM; Thursday, May 1, 7:00 - 11:00 PM
|Bob Jakl||Mariposa||O||Bob's 34' x 80' O-scale layout features trains of the
UP, AT&SF, CB&Q, and Katy railroads of the 1950's operating
from the Midwest to the western mountains on over 2,000 feet
of handlaid track. A 7-track passenger station is dwarfed by
city landscapes, many of which are the late Lorell Joiner's
buildings. All three mainlines are operated from an
overlooking tower, while yards and industrial trackage are
operated from floor level. Five to nine trains may be
operated simultaneously. Be sure to visit the
impressive panoramic and aerial photos. (If you get the Homestead hosting service website, close it then click the link again.)
Layout Tour: Saturday, May 3, Van Tour; Self-driven OK
|Paul Johnson||Fresno||HO||Minarets & Western Railway - This 3-level HO layout in a
17' by 20' garage contains the same
track arrangements as the featured Sierra logging railroad
of the 1920s. The Minarets & Western/Sugar Pine Lumber
Company Rwy used a portion of the SP Friant branch line, and
this layout includes the Fresno SP yard in this point to
point setup that uses car cards and TT/TO. The backyard
contains track from the 30 inch gauge drying yard in
Pinedale with a homemade handcar. Control is by a Digitrax
Layout Tour: Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Sunday, May 4, 1:00 - 6:30 PM
|Vern Johnson||Fresno||G||Santa Fe Way - This G-scale garden railroad follows one
of John Allen's long-time rules, NO DIESELS, and has 353' of
track meandering through scenes from the Fresno-Clovis area
during 1900 to 1956. Be sure to check out his
lots of great photos.
Layout Tour: Saturday, May 3, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
|Ed Matheny||Tulare||HO||California Central System - This HO-scale layout occupies a
19'6" x 60' building behind Ed's home. A
truly operational layout, the entire railroad is on one
level, with only one slight grade, and features 5.6 scale
mile BNSF and 5.4 scale mile UP mainlines. Monthly operating
sessions often begin in the morning and last into the
evening hours, with operators switching the many industries
and interchanging cars between the two railroads. The layout
has complete scenery, with many operating scenes and lots of
lighting for night running. DCC is Digitrax.
OpSIG #4: (NOTE: Ops slots are in 90-minute increments both days)
Layout Tour: Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
|Jim Niell||Madera||HO||Southern Pacific - Mojave Subdivision - This 34' by 38'
HO layout depicts the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads
from Bakersfield to Mojave from 1988 to1990. The layout is a
multilevel, point-to-point design with staging yards,
encompassing 400 feet of mainline with passing tracks,
features the Tehachapi Loop and Caliente Horseshoe Curve.
Prototypical running using car card operations and NCE DCC
system. Scenery is about 75% complete. Website
OpSIG #5: Friday, May 2, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Bring NCE throttle if you have them.
Layout Tour: Sunday, May 4, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
|Fresno||G||ORO Grande Railroad - Folded dog bone 20' x 30' backyard
layout powered by analog, battery power, and live steam. The
era is 1900-1930 with solar-powered buildings. Come watch
trains run and relax!
Layout Tour: Wednesday, April 30, 12:00 - 7:00 PM
|Fresno||HO||Cascade Northern - Cab forwards and conifers are the
focus of this 9' x 13' HO layout, which depicts a short
section of Southern Pacific's Shasta Division tracks through
southern Oregon, circa 1948. The point to point track plan
includes stub-ended staging at each end and fifty feet of
single track main line. The modeled portion of the railroad
serves two towns and features 16 industrial spurs, as well
as a small yard. The railroad is operational, but scenery is
just starting to appear. Digital Command Control is by NCE.
Layout Tour: Thursday, May 1, 5:00 - 9:00 PM; Sunday, May 4, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
|Gary Saxton||Clovis||N||Carbondale & Kingston
- An N-scale layout modeling the New York Ontario and
Western, representing 200 miles between the Hudson River and
the anthracite coal fields around Scranton, PA. Featured in Model Railroader's Model Railroad
Planning 2003, its most unique feature is the layout
helix, the equivalent of a 13-feet diameter helix. The
layout does not have a helix in the usual sense, in that the
entire layout is a helix. Operations are done in the helix.
The track is down for about one third of the layout.
Layout Tour: Thursday and Friday, May 1 & 2, 5:00 - 9:00 PM; Sunday, May 4, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
|Bob Sexton||Clovis||HO||Jackson, Drytown and Sonora - This 4' x 10' HO layout is
an inspiration for all those who think you have to have a
huge layout to enjoy the hobby. The layout with a yard
extension is packed with operating action and interchanges
with the San Joaquin Central and uses NCE DCC.
Layout Tour: Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, 3:00 - 8:00 PM
|Steve Silva||Fresno||G||Pacific Western Rail Corp. - This G-scale modern-themed
BNSF and Amtrak layout has 120' of mainline in a folded dog
bone with two passing sidings and an 8-track staging yard.
Control is by Digitrax DCC, with Phoenix sound systems. Photos
Layout Tour: Saturday, May 3, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
|Dave Viale||Mariposa||O||Dave's 30' x 70' O-scale layout loosely represents the
Southern Pacific from Sacramento to Sparks in the pre-1955
era with an extensive collection of steam engines from the
SP, ATSF, and Sierra RR's. The 2,000 foot mainline is hand
laid and in full operation with 84-inch minimum radius
curves running through mountainous terrain, with mountains
towering over the trains. Also included is a large engine
servicing facility with turntable and roundhouse. Scenery is
now 85% completed. Control is by Aristocraft.
Layout Tour: Saturday, May 3; Van Tour; Self-driven OK
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