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masonamerican Posted - 12/10/2011 : 06:01:09 AM
Hi All,
below there are some pictures of my layout the freelanced California Railway & Navigation Company with its subsidiary Smith-Kingsley Logging Co. It is set in Northern California around 1890-1895. It connects the small sea harbor Innsmouth with the inland terminal Dunsmuir where it connects with the Southern Pacific. The main reason for its existence is transporting goods from Innsmouth Harbor to Dunsmuir for transport east. Connected to it is also a subsidiary logging company which operates its own equipment but uses the C.R.&.N.Co right of way.

This is my first layout since I was a teenager and I started the layout about 2 years ago. Before that we lived in an apartment so then it was only building of houses and rolling stock. It occupies roughly 4x4m (13´x13´) in my basement. The benchwork is L-girder and the track is ME flextrack code 55 and 70 which lies on plywood+cork roadbed. Turnouts are made with Fast Tracks jigs and their laser cut turnout ties. The trains are controlled by Roco’s DCC system. The maximum grade is 2% and the minimum radius 24´´. To get a long mainline I have separated the two end stations by about 12´´ vertically and let the mainline do a double turn via a helix before it reaches Dunsmuir. Much of the track will be hidden from view to avoid a spaghetti bowl kind of look.

Scenery which I just have started with is of the conventional kind with plaster cloth on a support skeleton. The plan is to finish the scenery in 4´ segments and gradually work my way from Dunsmuir to Innsmouth which will be finished last. Scenery has been hard to make and at the first part at Dunsmuir I have tested a lot. I hope the scenery gradually will be better and better as it comes along.
Trees are a combination of homemade and commercial. As the railroad is modeled at its peak and fairly new most of my buildings only have a light weathering to show the passage of time. My engine house for example is only about 5 years since it was built so it has not got that dilapidated worn look yet. The depression is many, many years ahead. Also the management is keeping everything in good working order.

My freight cars are a mix of for example Labelle, BTS, Alkem Scale models, Central Valley, Rio Grande Models, Silver Crash Car Works, Art Griffin and old IHC, AHM cars that I have modified.
The passenger fleet which I about to rework with better paintjobs and more elaborate decals consists for example of Westwood, reworked Model Power cars, and GEM (brass).
The locomotive fleet is just as diverse and consists of a lot of brass Balboa, PFM, Gem, Ken Kidder, NWSL (Shay). Some kits I have assembled from Arbour models kits a 2-6-0 and a 4-4-0. Also I have some commercial RTR locos from Bachmann and Roundhouse.

Please excuse the disorder on the photos as I’m using the part of the layout which I’m not building on as storage for the scenery stuff. I staged some of the buildings for the photos and the Engine house is not finished but it all hopefully gives a view how it will look when finished. There is also a lot of detail work to do but the scenery has to be somewhat complete first.
I hope you will find my description and photos of my layout of interest and that I haven’t bored you to death. Comments are always welcome. Thank you,

Best regards

Dunsmuir on the right with the helix below

Dunsmuir on the left and on the storage mess that is to become Innsmouth

Spagetti bowl trackage for the time being

Yet more spagetti bowl but the 2 first tiers will be hidden behind the foredrop.


Dunsmuir again. Sorry some of the trees has not yet been planted.

The unfinished engine terminal at Dunsmuir with my Arbour 4-4-0, a Roundhouse 2-8-0 and the Arbour 2-6-0.

The turntable (Diamond scale) with my Arbour 4-4-0

The unfinished engine house with the Arbour 2-6-0.

The Dunsmuir station with my Ken Kidder 2-6-0 and a Balboa 4-4-0

Dunsmuir station again

My trackplan
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masonamerican Posted - 10/07/2018 : 4:15:49 PM
Thank you Mike! Hmm may be gold they are digging out. Don’t tell anyone#128512;

Thanks Tom, and welcome to the forum! I’m happy you like my modeling. I haven’t so much time at the moment so it can take awhile between posts.

Always happy to hear from you Greg! I can imagine you are busy. My busyiness come from a two year old who has way to much energy for his old dad to cope with#128512;
Hmm...Leaverite could be the thing. Now I have many options to chose from. Thanks all for the ideas and suggestions.

Ensign Posted - 10/07/2018 : 12:39:21 PM
Hi Håkan, sorry I have not commented in awhile, been kept busy doing other stuff.
Your mine scene has developed into another great point of interest on your layout!
Your attention to detail is always remarkable, and always a pleasure to view.
Perhaps this is a "Leaverite" mine, they dig it out and leave it right there.
Keep up the great work!

Greg Shinnie
tharbin Posted - 10/07/2018 : 12:19:51 PM

I haven't commented on your thread before (I've only been a member of the forum a couple of months now) but I have been reading your thread from the beginning. I only subscribe to a few threads and yours is one of them.

Not only are your scenes and your equipment beautifully done but they seem to have a precision and a quality to them that you don't often see. They are almost like the feeling you get from a fine piece of hand-crafted furniture. True craftsmanship.

I just wanted to say hello and thank you for sharing your model railroading with us. This mine scene is just superb.
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/06/2018 : 9:55:20 PM

I think you struck gold with your mining scene. Excellent modeling. I particularly like the contrast between the very narrow gauge of the mine track and the standard gauge track.

masonamerican Posted - 10/01/2018 : 2:37:22 PM
Thanks Bob and Luke! I’m happy you lke the scene.

ekul24 Posted - 09/30/2018 : 4:13:18 PM
I've really been enjoying watching this scene come together Håkan. Well done its looking really good.
railman28 Posted - 09/30/2018 : 2:59:48 PM
That mine is coming out great. really like the details.
masonamerican Posted - 09/30/2018 : 2:13:04 PM
Hi Guys,
tuff to get modeling time at the moment. But there has against all odds been some progress on the Bess mine. I have finished the deck and added detailing with railings, stairs, wood pile, derrick among other things. Below are some photos on how it looks so far. Next is more population (workers), mine carts, weathering and details.

The derrick is scratchbuilt with parts from a Tichy kit

Old Bess herself. At the moment using the “force” to pull the mine cart.

The boss. At the moment he is on his own but will soon have company.

Cabin interior

masonamerican Posted - 09/26/2018 : 3:39:28 PM
Originally posted by deemery

I thought about a mining theme for my new railroad. It would be for the two ores for administratum (http://www.anvari.org/fun/Job/Administratum:_A_Chemical_Analysis.html ) - blue collarite and white collarite :-) :-)


That is a great idea

Thanks Lynn!

Sorry for missing the last posts from Dave and Lynn. I had my thread on email notice but it somehow have disappeared with several others notices. Perhaps due to an update to the site. I'm very grateful and happy for you that follows and posts on my thread!
I have made some progress on the mine which I'll post later this week.


LynnB Posted - 09/05/2018 : 10:42:06 AM
So much great progress since my last visit.
deemery Posted - 09/01/2018 : 5:17:24 PM
I thought about a mining theme for my new railroad. It would be for the two ores for administratum (http://www.anvari.org/fun/Job/Administratum:_A_Chemical_Analysis.html ) - blue collarite and white collarite :-) :-)

masonamerican Posted - 09/01/2018 : 5:01:52 PM
Thank you very much Frank for the kind words!
I'm happy you like the layout and the modeling.

Andre, I have surstromming it once and it was revolting to put it kindly. I should have been warned by the smell and the fact that my friends cat wouldn't come near the opened can.

toptrain Posted - 08/28/2018 : 09:52:16 AM
Håkan, Just saying hello! I've been reading your post here for awhile. Looking in amazement at what you have accomplished in the life of this thread, all 88 pages. Back when you built the Cathedral Springs station with it step by step construction I really enjoyed it. That goes the same for a number of your buildings. Your locomotives, and how they are finished deserves praise. You set the mark very high with you quality of modeling. That's how it should be. It is great to see this work but impossible for me duplicate. You have talent.
OK Hogger Posted - 08/24/2018 : 08:20:12 AM

Wow Håkan... you all have some very strong stomach's over your way! No place for sissies!!

masonamerican Posted - 08/24/2018 : 07:56:07 AM
That won't go into my cars as it isn't very tasty. But it is WAY better than surstromming.


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