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Model Railroads of Southern California’s twenty-ninth layout tour takes place Saturday, February 25. This will be a self-guided tour of five layouts in the High Desert area just north of San Bernardino, CA.

All five layouts are appearing for the first time on the group’s tour program. By scale there will be four HO scale layouts and one On30 layout.

This is a free event and you may bring relatives and friends.

The details and layout descriptions are below.

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 those taking this tour.

Be sure to check the Files Section and the Model Railroads of Southern California website the day before the tour to see if any changes to the schedule or layout lineup have occurred.

If you cannot make this tour, more tours are planned including three Orange County tours in April and May, two San Diego County tours this summer and tours in the Central Coast and Ventura-Santa Barbara-Northwest L.A. County this fall.

Bob Chaparro
Model Railroads of Southern California
Hemet, CA

P.S. The Roundhouse Gang will host a swap meet in Highland (San Bernardino area) the morning of the tour so you can visit the swap meet and head north through Cajon Pass for the tour on the same day. E-mail me OFF LIST for swap meet details.


Tom Frank
12:00 to 4:00
10485 Wilmington Lane
Apple Valley

Tom earlier layouts were located in Fontana and one of the HO versions appeared one Layout Tour #2 in 2006. His current On30 Costa and Summit Railroad is a double-deck design and, while not quite as large as the Fontana layouts, still measures 23 feet by 11 feet. It is a freelance concept set somewhere on the Pacific Coast and running up the mountain to the town of Summit.
It is a pure point-to-point operation with small yards and industries at both ends. There is a small logging camp and a small mine along the route with one passing siding about midway. About seventy percent of rough the scenery is complete.
The layout is fully operational using the RailOp software program to generate traffic and keep track of the location of all cars on the layout. The layout is DCC controlled with sound in all locomotives. The roster consists of about 45 freight cars, two passenger cars and six locomotives.
Located in Sun City Apple Valley. Check-in at gate for access. Visitors should park in street as driveway is somewhat steep.
Doug Hall
10:00 to 3:00
12567 Empire Place

Parts of this railroad appeared in the October 1995 RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN as Harvey Robinson's Santa Fe layout. It was sold to Doug and moved in three stages from West Los Angeles to Victorville. The layout was reassembled and 27 feet added. The layout now occupies a 20 ft. x 16 ft. room.
The Desert Breeze Railroad is set in the 1958 and earlier era. The railroad’s route travels through a large town to the yard then past orange groves and small shops to a small town in a mountain pass. From there it travels into the long high desert run ending back in town. There are many details along the route.
Operations include through freights and passenger trains behind sound equipped engines under DC power. Scenery includes real Cajon rocks, gravel and dirt. There are twelve bridges, nine tunnels, five sidings and scratch-built buildings.
Doug models the Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and D&RGW plus he has custom rolling stock.
Scott Palmerton
10:00 to 3:00
7939 7th Avenue
Scott’s main railroad is HO scale. However, Scott also has an overhead G scale railroad in the layout room, a budding N scale railroad under the HO railroad and outdoor railroad with equipment large enough to ride on. The HO railroad occupies a 25 foot by 15 foot room. The double track mainline runs around several sides of the room and has two islands for what Scott terms a “W” design. Up to six trains can be run at once plus a switch job in the yard. The scenery is ninety-five percent complete and represents the high desert.
Scott runs today’s modern equipment and earlier equipment as well. The Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific are all represented as is a narrow gauge line which serves the Calico Mine. The layout uses conventional DC power and block controls. Scott usually operates with his son.
John Parrish
10:00 to 3:00
19789 Ryan Way
Apple Valley

John’s HO scale Great Southwest and Pacific Railroad covers 94 square feet with an 83 foot mainline. He models the 1950s through early 1970s. Both steam and diesel locomotives are used with for the three principal western railroads: Santa Fe, SP and UP.
Bench work is L-girder construction. The track plan features wide radius curves for long trains and passenger cars. Track is Atlas Code 83. John operates using the Digitrax Zephyr DCC system.
The layout has ten different tunnels that connect five different western scenes: desert, red rock, mountains, ocean, and California's "golden" oak hills. All backdrops are hand painted. Scenery is about forty percent complete and includes a red rock arch, palm trees and orange groves. Scratch-built vegetation includes Joshua and aspen trees, Ponderosa pines and California Black Oaks. There is a scratch-built cemetery with grave markers. The Pacific Coast shoreline features sunbathers and surfers. The Calico ghost town has a six mule team borax wagon and a curved wood trestle over Rock Canyon.
The train room is surrounded by railroad memorabilia, including many western rail posters, photographs (some taken by John), paintings, and timetables. Included is a New York Central "20th Century Limited" dinner menu from 1939, two lanterns (ATSF and New Haven), switch keys from Southern Pacific, an Illinois Central telegraph register of trains with Casey Jones's signature and a prototype (and very heavy) Santa Fe dwarf target light signal from Barstow.
Current operations consist of through freights, passenger trains and just running trains.
Located in gated community. Visitors must first "call" into house (Dial 024) from the entrance gate then wait for John to answer. Please do not follow another car in. Park in street.
Dwayne Sikes
10:00 to 3:00
11496 Courtside Street

Dwayne has not decided on a name for his current railroad. He has built many railroads both in his current Victorville location and previously in Corona. A layout tour at his Rimfire & Western Railroad in Corona in the late 1970s attracted over 300 persons.
The current railroad is in a two-car garage with approximately 150 feet of track and a small yard. The scenery, now in progress, eventually will reflect the Pacific Northwest with mountains and lakes from that area. Operations currently are limited to show running with trains pulled by locomotives with sound and DCC control. Much of the wiring is in place.
This is a layout under construction and would be especially good for those who want to see how to get started building a layout. The benchwork and wiring are easy to observe in most areas.

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