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For those of you living in Southern California, several garden railroads will be open as part of a larger layout tour, including Joe Heumphreus’ A&G Railroad, Art Sylvester’s La Patera & Pacific Railroad and Gary Siegel’s Southern Pacific, Santa Cruz Division (Gary’s nationally known HO scale L&N Eastern Kentucky Division also will be on display .

This will be another FREE model railroad layout tour sponsored by Model Railroads of Southern California. This will be our fifteenth layout tour and there are fifteen layouts at twelve sites. By scale, there will be 7 HO layouts, 3 N layouts, 2 O layouts and 3 G layouts. (See schedule and descriptions below).

The tour will take place in the Santa Barbara area on Saturday, January 31, and is self-guided. Many layouts on this tour were displayed as part of the NMRA’s national convention this past July.

Below is basic information about the tour. Additional downloadable information, including two maps for every layout, is available in the Files Section of the group at:


Be sure to check the group website the day before the tour to see if any changes to the schedule or layout lineup have occurred.

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

If you cannot make this tour, more tours are being planned, including a tour of Bakersfield and Tehachapi area layouts in March in conjunction with the Bakersfield Train Show on March 14 and 15.

If you wish to open your home layout for an upcoming tour, please contact me.

Bob Chaparro
Model Railroads of Southern California
Hemet, CA
[email protected]


Dave’s Hobby Central[/b]
Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific (N, HO, O)[/b]
14 W. Anapamu Street[/b], [/b]Santa Barbara[/b] [/b]10:00 to 6:00[/b][/b]
[/b]Dave Wykoff invited the local model railroad club to build a replacement demonstration layout for his hobby shop window. [/b]The layout has O-scale Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific, complete with coconut palms, an HO scale set in the Pacific Northwest and an N-scale set in the Appalachian Mountains. [/b]

James Donlon[/b]
SP Coast Line (HO)[/b]
161 St. Josephs Street[/b], [/b]Santa Barbara[/b] [/b]10:00 to 5:00[/b][/b]
James’ HO scale Southern Pacific Coast Line is a three deck representation of the Southern Pacific Coastline route. The circa 1950 era allows a mix of steam, first generation diesels and a few second generation diesels. The railroad seeks to faithfully recreate the SP’s Ventura Sub Division operations between Burbank Junction (roughly Glendale CA) and Sea Cliff (south Santa Barbara) with 350 feet of mainline in an around the 22’ x 19’ room. The railroad was built for operation. Using an original SP timetable from the era, James dispatches trains based on the actual time table of the day using and 8:1 fast clock to cover a 24 hour period in 3 hours with an average of 16 to 20 trains operating per session..

The times of the trains on his model are within minutes of the actual 1952 SP
timetable. Trains include through and local freights as well as named passenger consists. Trains run as scheduled and extras. Towns and landmarks along the route are captured in the layout including Santa Susana Pass, the yard at Oxnard and the “Y” for the Santa Paula branch line. Entry to the layout requires navigating a “CRAWL under” so be prepared.
Bill Everett[/b]
Pacific Electric (O)[/b]
4920 La Ramada Dr.[/b], [/b]Santa Barbara[/b] [/b]12:00 to 5:00[/b][/b]
Also on the NMRA tours for Long Beach in 1996 and Anaheim in 2008, Bill O-scale trolley layout is an operating display layout for Bill’s traction models and structures. Bill's models have been featured in museums in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Railroad Museum) and Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum). He has modeled every type of traction equipment that ever was on any electric line in the West and even some that were proposed and never built. The layout is not handicap accessible.
Goleta[/b] Depot/South Coast Railroad Museum (HO)[/b]
300 N. Los Carneros, [/b]Goleta[/b] [/b]1:00 to 4:00[/b][/b]
The main building is a 1901 Southern Pacific Combination 22 Depot. There is also an SP bay window caboose. You may have to ask to see the model railroad exhibit which is inside the depot in the freight room. This operating exhibit depicts the railroad areas of Santa Barbara and Goleta, during the late-steam/early-diesel era, making this a Southern Pacific dominated layout. The historic Goleta Depot, centerpiece of the railroad museum, is also the central focus of the model railroad exhibit. The Santa Barbara Railroad Yard is the exhibit's most complex feature. The layout also features the Arroyo Hondo Bridge, west of Goleta. They also have a 7 1/2 inch gauge ride-upon for $1/ride. Layout is not handicap accessible.
The website is: [/b]www.goletadepot.org
Joe Heumphreus[/b]
A&G Railroad (G)[/b]
117 Walnut Lane[/b], [/b]Santa Barbara[/b] [/b]12:00 to 4:00[/b][/b]
Although he owns an HO scale railroad, recently Joe has been bitten by the Garden Railway bug and has created a beautiful layout in his back yard. Both are handicap accessible. Joe’s HO Sierra Railroad was on [/b]the NMRA tour for the Long Beach national convention in 1996. He still holds occasional operation sessions with local club members. If help is available, Joe also will open the HO layout.

Ron Keehn[/b]
Coldwater[/b], [/b]Colorado[/b] (N)[/b]
2289 Las Canoas Road[/b], [/b]Santa Barbara[/b] [/b]10:00 to 4:00[/b][/b]
Ron’s layout was originally constructed and displayed at the NMRA national convention in San Jose in 2000. It was built to be dismantled. Ron purchased it from the original owner and has reassembled it in his living room. Separate loops allow lots of action in a compact layout.
Bruce Morden[/b]
Southern Pacific Santa Barbara Sub (HO)[/b]
3218 Serena Avenue[/b], Carpinteria [/b]10:00 to 5:00[/b][/b]
Bruce’s HO scale Southern Pacific Santa Barbara Subdivision is housed in a 2-car garage. The Southern Pacific Santa Barbara Subdivision models an area from Carpinteria to Goleta. Bruce’s layout is a work in progress and so far there is no scenery. Tracks have been completed on the first of three proposed levels. Two staging yards are completed as is one medium sized on line yard. Construction includes “thin wall”, L-girder, and open grid. Roadbed includes solid masonite spline and plywood-homosote sandwiches. Bruce hopes to one day extend the tracks over Cuesta grade to San Miguel. The layout is handicap accessible.

Mike Murphy[/b]
Santa Rosa Pacific (HO)[/b]
13015 Rancho Vista Court, Santa Rosa Valley 10:00 to 4:00[/b]
This layout is located in a dedicated 26' x 30' room. It features many nice structures, including an 18-stall roundhouse. It's a free lanced transition era railroad featuring Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific trains and operations. At prototypical speeds a train requires 35 minutes to travel the mainline. Several branch lines and a fiddle/staging yard feed the mainline operations. Mike's has incorporated many details to give the various layout scenes a very realistic feeling. The layout features a detailed backdrop, weathered structures and an expansive harbor area with a dock, sea wall, dredge and other marine features.

Walter Naumann
UP&W (N)
1027 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara 10:00 to 5:00
Walter’s N-scale UP&W takes its inspiration from the Union Pacific on Sherman Hill in Wyoming. The main
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