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Jack Burgess, MMR,
Yosemite Valley Railroad, HO.

This replica of the Yosemite Valley Railroad fills a two car garage. The layout was completed in June 2011 after 31 years of work; see 2013 Great Model Railroads. Full scenery, exceptional detail: prototype modeling. Recreates August 1939 on the Yosemite Valley RR with exact duplication of locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, scenes, and scenery. Over 100 scratch built structures. The rolling stock is scratch built, resin and styrene kits. Operating style is prototypical, and tightly structured reflecting 1939 practices, i.e., little or no non-prototype talking, etc. On the other hand, the prototype involved a lot of waiting so, while the fast clock ratio is high, there is plenty of time for switching and getting the job done. Operations include 2 through freights and two locals operating at scale speeds (typically 15 mph) involving a number of meets.

North Coast DCC with wireless throttles and Soundtraxx decoders, TT&TO, 8:1 fast clock, switchlists, documentation includes employee timetable, fascia labeling, orientation. Duckunder to enter layout.

revised 8/13/2023

The Yosemite Valley Railroad's website is

Here's a TSG Multimedia Video of the Yosemite Valley

Model RailRoad Hobbyist 3rd Qtr 2009,Dec 1999 Model Railroader and many issues of Railroad Model Craftsman, Great Model Railroads video #15; web site: