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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:59:07 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Almanor Railroad (Collins Pine Company)

For the last few years, I have taken a keen interest in finding small railway lines that would make a great subject for an "achievable layout" which is a term coined by Trevor Marshall. I honestly believe that these practical and doable layouts are the future direction of layout planning and building, and I am always interested in learning about any small and easily modeled lines.

This design is based on the Almanor Railroad, which was a short-line railway located in northern California serving its owner, the Collins Pine Company. The 13-mile long line handled about 300 carloads of timber and lumber products per year from the company's mill at Chester, west to an interchange with the BNSF Railway at Clear Creek Jct. Motive power was provided by a sole GE 70-ton locomotive, painted bright orange.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Theme: Industrial Railway, Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, USA (States): California, American Railways: Almanor Railroad (Collins Pine Company)


User Comments:

Posted by Isaac Fabris on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 5:26:19 PM.

Wow! This is cool... an awesome achievable layout.


Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:59:07 AM.

I followed the entire route of this railway on Google maps and it has some pretty sparse/remote locations. We are so lucky to have Google maps when designing a modern layout,it makes it so much easier than designing from a topo map.


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