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Model Railroads of Southern California’s forty-second layout tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21.

This will be a self-guided tour of thirteen garden and model railroads in North Orange County and Corona. Altogether there will be four garden railroads, four HO scale layouts, one N scale layout, three O scale layouts (two On30), and one Z scale layout.

The four garden railroads are described below. The overall tour schedule is below the descriptions.

This is a free event and you may bring relatives and friends. The basic information for this tour is displayed below. If you would like layout descriptions and a tour map showing the general locations of all layouts, please e-mail me.

Persons taking this tour assume all risks and liability for their personal safety. Although I am the Moderator of this group, I am not responsible for personal loss or injury to persons taking this tour.

Be sure to check our website the day before the tour to check for any changes to the schedule or layout lineup.

If you cannot make this tour more tours are scheduled including a Simi Valley-Ventura tour next February 21. Other layout tours for 2015 are now being considered in addition to the Simi Valley-Ventura tour.

Bob Chaparro
Moderator
Hemet, CA
Moderator
Model Railroads of Southern California
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Model_Railroads_Of_Southern_California/
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The Garden Railroads

Todd & Linda Brody – The landscaping on this garden railroad covers 1,200 square feet with about 600 feet of track and six bridges, including a 14-foot long trestle. Using simple track power, the railroad can run itself fully automated with up to seven trains that slow and/or wait for each other as necessary to avoid collisions at crossing points.
The layout is built around two volcanic areas that spew into various lakes through waterfalls. The volcanoes also result in geothermal activity, and the Chameleon Caverns hot springs area lets the towns’ folk “take the waters” for both health and recreational activities. All vegetation is real and to scale. The entire layout is detailed with dozens of structures, over 300 people and animals, cars, motorcycles, etc. all at a scale of ½ inch per foot.
The major urban area is Tortoise Town and all structures are named for their reptilian counterparts. When sheriff “Chuck Walla” isn’t getting a soda at Dragon Lizard Drugs, he may be getting a haircut at Cooter’s Clip Joint or calling on Ms. Lizzie at Collard Lizard Clothiers. The “Lounge Lizards” jazz band is featured entertainment in the town circle.
Brody's B&B (Booze and Babes) includes a “red light” district and is next to the Bear Whiz Beer Brewery and the hot air balloon launch facilities. Two farm/ranches operate in the area as well as a feed and grain facility for the chickens, cows, sheep, and horses. An active gold mine is continually conducting blasting. An aerial tramway takes passengers out to the island to view the falls and for horseback ridding at the nearby stables. Additionally, the Bear Whiz Beer Icing Facility is now in full operation and Gustav may be seen actively pushing ice into a reefer. Finally, the first ever “Low Rider” Train, complete with dancing car, will make an appearance as the loco cholos try to hoist their beer on the townsfolk.

William Enright – This is a garden railroad featuring radio control and battery-powered locomotives. You’ll see freight and passenger trains on hundreds of feet of track passing over a sixteen foot steel bridge, through a forest, past a cash-for-clunkers lot and the Fullerton airport. The emphasis is on a garden setting for the relaxing loop-to-loop operations of trains on two edges of a large backyard.

Ron Grau – The Cactus Gulch Railroad is an outdoor, G scale garden railroad operating through a rock and cactus garden. The theme is a western desert narrow gauge mining railroad. The railroad features roughly a thirty foot loop around a portion of the backyard, with some sidings, two large bridges, and a small wild west mining town. The fictitious Cactus Gulch Railroad interchanges with the historic Southern Pacific narrow gauge and Death Valley Railroads. This allows operation with prototypically correct SP narrow gauge and DVRR equipment, and some freelancing. The time period is roughly early 1900s, although some of the SP narrow gauge rolling stock dates from the 1930s through the 1950s. The layout has three steam locomotives with sound and radio control. The scales are 1:20.3 and 1:24.

Dave Sheegog – Inspirations for garden railroads come from many sources. For the Castle Peak and Thunder Railroad, it’s Disneyland. The yard is roughly 62 feet x 45 feet. The railroad consists of one simple loop main line, one double-reversing loop and several point-to-point lines. There are four major rock features on the CP&T, each with its own waterfall or set of waterfalls. Dave wanted as much of the sound of water as he could get to help mask traffic noise as the rear property line abuts a busy street.
Painted artwork plays a major role with the railroad. The rear wall features a mural which must be seen to be appreciated. Painting was all done by local decorative artist John Rayburn. John has worked extensively for Disney and has painted many of the attractions at Disneyland, including rocks. John added his magical touch to railroad and in fact, the CP&T’s Big Thunder Mountain is painted with paint left over from the painting of Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain. The railroad is populated with figures from the Disney and Pixar films. Visitor are given a “scavenger hunt” list and challenged to find scenes from the fifty-two Disney classic animated films and the twelve Pixar films. The Disneyland locomotives and rolling stock are amongst the most recognizable in the world and yet they are difficult to impossible to find commercially available. There are five engines that run on the mainline of the CP&T. They are scratch built replicas of the five engines of the Disneyland Railroad.
Walt Disney said that Disneyland would never be complete as long as there was imagination left in the world and the same could be said of this project.
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Model Railroads of Southern California
Layout Tour No. 42
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 20 & 21, 2014

Layouts Open Saturday, September 20

Harold Benash (HO)
12:00 to 4:00
1876 Las Lanas Lane, Fullerton

Todd & Linda Brody (G)
Only Open To Members of
Model Railroads of Southern California

Corona Model Railroad Society (HO)
10:00 to 2:00
510 West Foothill Parkway, Corona

William Enright (G)
11:00 to 4:00
1036 N. Glenhaven Ave., Fullerton

Ron Grau (G)
10:00 to 4:00
3700 Blue Gum Drive, Yorba Linda

Dennis Ivison (On30)
10:00 to 4:00
9962 Lenore Drive, Garden Grove

Jim Lancaster (HO)
9:00 to 12:00
14241 Galy Street, Tustin

Joel Morse (N)
10:00 to 3:00
11891 Tunstall Street, Garden Grove

Randy Scott (On3)
10:00 to 4:00
7908 E. Horseshoe Trail, Orange
All guests must enter at the Chapman Ave.
entrance, just west of Newport Avenue.

Henri Seynaeve (Z)
10:00 to 5:00
1072 Peter Christian Circle, Corona

Dave Sheegog (G)
1:00 to 4:00
968 S. Ladan Lane, Anaheim

Tommy Thomas (O, On3)
11:00 to 4:00
1232 Glenaire Drive, Santa Ana

Layouts Open Sunday, September 21

Todd & Linda Brody (G)
Only Open To Members of
Model Railroads of Southern California

Bruce Hendrick (HO )
9:00 to 1:00
605 Buttonwood Drive, Brea

Henri Seynaeve (Z)
10:00 to 5:00
1072 Peter Christian Circle, Corona

Tommy Thomas (O, On3)
11:00 to 3:00
1232 Glenaire Drive, Santa Ana

NOTES:
Please observe individual days and hours of operation for the layouts. No smoking at any of the layouts.
Information current as of 9/2/14.
Corona Model Railroad Society – The club is located on the premises of the Corona Heritage Park & Museum, in the last yellow frame house on right as you enter park.
Ron Grau - Warning: The cacti in the garden are real and the spines are very sharp.
Randy Scott - All guests must enter at the Chapman Ave entrance, just west of Newport Ave. (Note: If you use your navigation system, it may lead you to the wrong entrance!) There is a call box on the left. Scroll through the directory until you see "Scott, R." and then push CALL. Randy will buzz you in. Do not park one the side of the street labeled "Fire Lane."

PERSONS TAKING THIS TOUR ASSUME ALL RISKS AND LIABILITY FOR THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY.
 

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Thanks Bob,

People can PM or e-mail me directly for the address of the Tortoise & Lizard Bash. We will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. on both days.

Thanks,

Todd Brody
 
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