My first serious layout!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by MilesWestern, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. sidetracked

    sidetracked Member

    cool, glad you got it working, I have to agree, I couldnt decide which system to get untill I made it to the Okla. City train show and looked at them(no LHS around here). It is the perfect setup for my layout. OK, I'll let this thread get back to your layout ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,st
  2. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Also glad to hear its working again, definatelly one of the cheaper digital starter systems but it doesn't lack quality and easy to use!!
  3. J. Steffen

    J. Steffen Member


    I have'nt flaked out. I just have'nt been able to get over to the Perris depot. I have floor plans of the depot but I'm sure you do too. If not, I'll email them over to you.

  4. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Thanks Jeff!! Any naterial would be of great benefit to me, thanks! :)
  5. ratjag

    ratjag Member

    announce1 We want pics! We want pics! We want pics!!:D
  6. ratjag

    ratjag Member

    Hi Miles,:wave:

    your plan is about the same size as my " new " layout which is 12x8. I've taken over our dining room!!:D Not my plan i admit, a slightly altered Ian Rice plan but it gives me all that i want and saves me a lot of time in coming up with something almost the same !!!:rolleyes:
    Hope to get some pics on The Gauge soon. :)
  7. wickman

    wickman Member

    A single pic would be nice :wave:
  8. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    OK guys, I think we need to put a bit more pressure on Miles :D :D :

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  9. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member


    Miles, we want pics! We want pics!
  10. wickman

    wickman Member

    Yes more presure , does anyone live close by to Miles sign1
  11. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    CCT70, and Cadillac SD9 live close by....and Cadillac has a camera! :D
    To tide you over, here's another picture of the San Jacinto Area:

    Ahh...Old California! Eureka! For I have found thee. :)
  12. J. Steffen

    J. Steffen Member

    That's facing south toward the Hemet Depot right? I remember Gibbles lumber yard from the seventies. Miles, where are you getting these cool photos?

  13. CCT70

    CCT70 Member


    If my car wasn't acting stupid on a drive to Copperopolis and back tonight, I'd do it. Sounds like I got a cylinder misfiring on the "G-Ride" (Granny mobile). The rain screwed my Saturday plans too, but Sunday I'll be parked on the couch watching the NHRA Winternationals, so no dice there. :thumb:

    Hey Miles, surely SOMEONE close to you there has GOT to have a camera? Heck, even if it is a camera phone!
  14. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Sorry I got to the party any pics?..........:D
    had to do it:oops:
    Miles, we'll wait patiently....good luck:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  15. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Miles, I never get tired of seeing these old SoCal pics. If you got some more, please share them with us :wave: .
  16. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Of course I'll share them with you guys! :) I just don't want to run out of my stash of old photos too quick! ;) These photos are from a Friend, Marty Quaas, and the photos are used with his permission.

    I took my digital camera to Adolph Gasser Photography in "The City" ( what the locals call San Francisco...and DON'T you EVER EVEN THINK ABOUT CALLING IT "FRISCO"!!! :curse: ARRGH! The SLSF didn't EVEN MAKE IT CLOSE TO HERE! :rolleyes: ) Anyway, It'll be back in a month. tick tick tick tick until then, I'll see if I can get some folks to stop by with their cameras! :rolleyes:
  17. sidetracked

    sidetracked Member

    Miles, I also enjoy the older pictures your posting. I grew up in a little town in oklahoma where Santa Fe had a little depot and was a big part of keeping the town alive. Spawn of Chaos mentioned the genesis F series so I thought I would post a pic of one, It is my first athearn and so far I am real happy with it. Looking forward to seeing the pics of your layout.......... ............ ............... st

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  18. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    jawdrop WOWZA!!! Could you send that lokie to me, and I promise they'll be lots of photos of it on my layout! :D to something more serious: OPERATIONS.

    I know any layout I build would be worthless without operational capibility, how would any of the things get to market otherwise?! [​IMG] I'm building a point-to-point layout, with alot of operational interest. I've researched my prototype, and intend to operate it the way it's intended. Like any modelrailroader, I will take some modeler's license. I've replaces a wye with a turntable, and added a building here and there to enhance the operations along the sleepy San Jacinto Branch of the Real AT&SF. I've also decided to take the liberty of PLAUSIBLY (and carefully) looking through each town's history to see where I could change it a smidge to my liking. I've also, like many here, taken the liberty of creating my own railroad, the Mission Valley and Pacific, which would interchange with the real branch, and add some more traffic to the otherwise dead-end branch, that actually was built to go all the way to san diego, and it did for awhile, until rockslides permanently closed that line. Through twisting history, say the MV&P bought the Real California Southern, and re-opened the that sleepy backwater branch would be a hotshot mountain pass rivaling Raton, or Cajon! [​IMG] This careful research lead to many plausible opportunities that make this hobby more fun for me! [​IMG]

    I was thinking that this layout would work well with about 4 operators. One for the "local" one shuffling cars in the yard at Highgrove, A holster, and a passenger local. Then everyday except sunday there'd be a mixed freight daily! :cool:
  19. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Just read this thread for the first time. Miles, sounds like you really want to do this thing right the first time. Good for you! I like the ideas you have, and am looking forward to seeing how you take it from ideas to reality.

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