July 2023 Newsletter
Happy Independence Day everyone! Stay Safe!
“Our HO scale, 10-module layout has been under construction for the last 5 years or so. We've only shown it at the annual Kanab Train Show each February, but we were excited to take it on the road to Ely, NV. We really enjoyed the show. I highly recommend a visit to the railroad if you've never gone. The show is primarily a Lego show, which was fine by us, as we also enjoy Lego projects (Peter won awards for his F-22 Raptor and AH-1Z custom builds).
The layout is a freelanced subdivision of the Rio Grande and Espee, imagined as though the DRGW purchased the Western Pacific but continued running the shared directional main setup through Nevada jointly with SP. We are set up to run trains from the 1950s, the 1990s, and are hoping to assemble a third fleet to show the post-UP merger modern era.
This spring, we worked extensively on the desert modules, laying down a lot of dirt and making a lot of sagebrush, thanks to Rob Spangler's instructions on MRH (Model Railroad Hobbyist). We've started to experiment with a DIY static grass applicator, but are still trying to get the hang of it. While at the show, Peter worked on getting the lights to illuminate in many of the structures salvaged from an abandoned layout in Kanab, with great results.
The layout also includes a small town, a 5-track yard, a sawmill with associated logging branch, and a roundhouse (with a mostly-working turntable).
Control is provided for DC and DCC operations using a Digitrax DCS 50 connected to a Raspberry Pi/JRMI setup (with many thanks to Dave Merrill for help on that end of it).
Long term, we plan to create a farm area on one end and complete scenery through the yard. We plan to show the layout at the Kanab show each year, plus maybe one or two more shows annually. We are always happy to host visiting trains from other railroads. At the Kanab show, members for the Rio Grande Modelling and Historical Society regularly run their equipment on our layout, a tradition we're happy to continue.
We are open to anyone that might be interested in building pairs of modules that could join with us. While the modules aren't built strictly to a national standard, they roughly follow a 2-track version of the NMRA standard (almost like the HO version of the NTrak standard).
If anyone has an Amtrak or Rio Grande/California Zephyr set that wants a home, or a set of double stack cars, we're in the market.
We're excited to be part of the club, and hope to be able to join in on some of your activities in the future. Robert & Peter Lacey, Orderville, UT” Click HERE for photos.
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum https://ncngrrmuseum.org/