***These are BONUS layouts, which will be available on Wednesday and Thursday March 13 and 14 only, choosing these layouts will not affect your choices for regular layouts***
This layout is being offered as a "Two-Fer" with John Zach's Sierra Railroad. This means that when you sign up, you get both. These are large (by California Standards) layouts about 5 miles apart, 125 miles from the convention hotel. We recommend that you leave the Bay Area no later than 3 pm otherwise you will not get to the WP by 7 pm due the heavy commute traffic heading to Tracy. This should also give you a chance to check into the hotel and to get something to eat in Sonora before the operating session. The WP session will start at 7 pm on Wednesday the 15th. Operators will need to spend the night in Sonora. Steve and John will provide hotel information once you have signed up. Then on Thursday, the 16th, starting at 9 am you will be on the Sierra. On Thursday you will be leaving John's house in Twain Harte no later than 4 pm for the 2 1/2 hour drive back to Fremont.
The route to the layouts is very scenic to the east of Oakdale and the Sierra Railroad Right of Way is visible to the South of the roadway.
The layout depicts the WP in 1965-69 from Oakland to Salt Lake City. 1800 sq feet basement with 700 foot single track mainline, 9 passing sidings. 70% scenicked, prototype structures; this layout attempts to evoke a specific era and locations with some compromises to improve modeled operations. Operations are purposeful and include the California Zephyr and 20+ freight trains during a 4 hours operating session over a fully signaled mainline. Fairly disciplined with a goal of “doing things right” while having an enjoyable time.
Chubb CMRI Computer System with progressive cab control, supplemented by 6 Stanton S Cabs - battery operated locos for yard switchers and road freights. Telephone, CTC, fast clock and sequence operations, JMRI switchlists and manifests used for yards and all freights.
Here's a TSG Multimedia video tour: