Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pictures of Soeberg's new layout from his website

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Discover more than gold in Sacramento

California State Railroad Museum
Address: 125 I Street, Sacramento, California (CA), USA
Tel: +1 916 445 6645
This well-designed museum is ideal for railway buffs, with its 21 locomotives and railroad cars. The museum is located near the spot where the old transcontinental and Sacramento Valley railroad terminus used to be and covers a huge area with its 46 exhibits. Must-see attractions include the intriguing post office car, a first-class dining car and a sleeping car, with convincing simulations of the flashing lights of a passing town at night together with the ubiquitous swaying of the car.
Open: daily - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ashley's SP module from SP Trainboard

Happy Hauntings

There are stories of a haunted railroad crossing in Tulare County, south of the city of Visalia. The railroad crossing is located where Avenue 271 turns into Santa Fe Avenue via two 90 degree turns. The tracks here don't receive much traffic anymore as the line seems to be abandoned now. Yet for whatever reason there seems to be several hauntings at this crossing.
It's said if you park your car on the tracks you can hear the sounds of a train passing by as well as the ghostly images of people walking towards your car. And when you try to start your car back up it seems to take longer for the engine to turn over, almost as if the battery is being drained by something else.
One some nights around 3:00 am a phantom train can be seen. The origin of this haunt is unclear but one can imagine that given the time of the sighting, a train may have derailed sometime early in the morning. It's also said a white figure can be seen walking the along the road next to the crossing late at night. Whether this figure is related to the ghost train is unknown.
It's unknown if any of these haunts are actually true. I did come across several witness accounts regarding the above stories, but whether they are fabricated or not is hard to say. But I wouldn't be surprised if there haven't been a few accidents at this crossing. The fact that there are two 90 degree turns within 250 feet of each other could lend credence to this. But it's hard to say. Haunted railroad crossings are some of my favorite stories and that there is yet another one in the Central Valley area I felt I had to share it.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Coyote Wells, CA (I-8 in background)

Bob Smaus (What a great layout)

Even though this layout no longer exists, it was quite an inspiration to me when I designed my first N scale layout in 2006. His town of Arroyo which was patterned after Santa Paula, CA was awesome:

Joe Fugate's Siskiyou Lines 2007

Bruce Petty's Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley

Mark Lestico's N UP Cascade Division 2010

Charlie Comstock's Bear Creek and South Jackson 2010

Mike Danneman's D&RGW N 5x7 layout

David Barrows Cat Mountain and Santa Fe 1999

Fremo group in Europe Southern Pacific