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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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CNE1899 Posted - 10/27/2020 : 1:59:48 PM

I was doing some research for the CNE, and came across this sight. I thought of you and included this link in case you have not visited the site.


Greg Rich Posted - 10/14/2020 : 8:08:17 PM
Now that your boat has a name, she has a personality.

She is a tight, trim little vessel. I am looking forward to your rigging. It can be challenging, but also very rewarding.

A how-to & reference book on ship's hardware & rigging that I have found to be very helpful is named,

by George F. Campbell, M.R.I.N.A.
Printed by Model Shipways Co. Inc

This book is written by a ship modeler for aspiring modelers and is replete with diagrams and drawings.

I have seen copies for sale on the internet.
Good Luck to you my friend

Greg R.
Ensign Posted - 10/14/2020 : 2:29:18 PM
Håkan, I see that your shipbuilding skills, are as goods as your other modeling talents that you share here with us.
I can't wait to see her in the water!

Greg Shinnie
masonamerican Posted - 10/13/2020 : 6:28:22 PM
Thanks Guys! I’m glad you like it.
Thanks Mike its tuff to find good reference on Internet for the time period.
Today I ordered some rigging thread and some tiny wooden blocks
from a source in UK. Its hard to not go all in on the rigging but I’ll try to
find a good enough level. Otherwise its all ship modeling and no trains.

Bill Gill Posted - 10/11/2020 : 10:47:58 AM
The nameboard on the stern looks good and I think the typeface works really well.
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/11/2020 : 08:49:38 AM

Your vessel has beautiful lines. The font looks good to me. I’ve sometimes faced the dilemma in modeling of deciding between guesswork and inference in the face of incomplete knowledge about a prototype or accurately modeling a well-documented prototype as a stand-in. I’m sure your decision is a good one.

Excellent work.

Tyson Rayles Posted - 10/11/2020 : 08:32:05 AM
Looking good!
masonamerican Posted - 10/11/2020 : 03:50:25 AM
the going is slow but my vessel is getting spars at the moment.
I also 3D printed a sign for her. It was more of an experiment but went rather well.

I tried to find a suitable font but it was tough but I hope I succeeded somewhat.

I found a great series on wooden sailing vessels on Youtube. It is from BBC and they had one vessel that is close to mine the "HMS Pickle". It is a english vessel but I'm basing my riggning on her. I'm not sure if it is entirely correct for America and 1890s but I'll use some modeling license

Here is a link to the series:

masonamerican Posted - 09/27/2020 : 12:10:32 PM
Thank you for the kind words Guys! I’m happy you like the 2-8-0. Its nearing finish and at the moment its only assembly left. I’ll post some pictures later this evening.

Greg it will be a gaff rigged two master. The name of the vessel is Spray named after Joshua Slocums famous boat.
I have made a name plate that will go on the transom.

On Sketchup its is very easy to learn. I estimate giving it about two evenings in total 4 hours of testing and using tutorials on Youtube you will have come a long way.

CNE1899 Posted - 09/25/2020 : 1:16:11 PM

Beautiful hull and nice details. Reading thru parts of the thread I see you use Sketchup. How long did it take to become proficient?
Love the 2-6-0 and 2-8-0 by the way.
Greg Rich Posted - 09/22/2020 : 7:36:50 PM
Your schooner has some very graceful lines. Is she going to be gaff rigged? With 2 masts?
Also, you have to think about a name.

Greg R.
railman28 Posted - 09/22/2020 : 1:15:57 PM
The schooner is looking sharp. And and the engine is running sweat. Excellent work all around.

bandman Posted - 09/22/2020 : 11:43:46 AM

Fantastic and amazing modeling. Such a pleasure to see. Thanks for sharing your creations.

Horton M.
masonamerican Posted - 09/21/2020 : 10:09:16 PM
Thank you for the kind words Rich!

There has been some progress since last time. I have added rubbing strakes to the upper hull. It looked a bit naked before. I also have made some belaying pins (koffernagel). They came out a bit to small so I'll make some smaller ones. As I didn't fancy making about 20 of these on the lathe so I cheated using the printer.

Belaying pins

I also have had some progress with the 2-8-0. It is nearly finished and I tested it on the layout yesterday. To my surprise it worked great which isn't usually the case after painting. Here is a video of it running without the boiler mounted.


Thomas belongs to my youngest son

Pennman Posted - 09/21/2020 : 10:30:11 AM
Håkan, it's been quite a while since I posted on your thread. You have made great progress since I last saw many things you have made, and all are excellent builds. This ship is no exception. It will be a great addition to an already exceptional layout. Seems like everything your hands come in contact with turns to gold!


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