Sierra Railroad 1955

Modeling the Sierra Railroad in Twain Harte, CA

Layout Diagrams

The map below is of the prototype Sierra Railroad and its connecting railroads. The orientation of the map as well as the layout is that you are standing on the North side of the tracks looking South, East is to your left and West to your right.


The only fictitious location on the layout is Meinke Jct on the SP Branch. Meinke Jct is named for my grandparents and represents a typical Valley town served by the SP.

scan00025Level One , the Sierra trackage is in black. Oakdale to east of Cooperstown. The diagram does not show the detailed track arrangements at each town/location. Check the Layout  Photos page to see the actual track configuration.


Level Two, Sierra mainline from just west of Hetch Hetchy Junction to just east of Standard. This diagram also show the Hetch Hetchy Railroad wye at the Junction and the staging track for the HH Railroad. The Sierra Mainline runs behind the Jamestown turntable up the hill to Lime Kiln. The track closest to aisle becomes the Angels Branch to Melones.

scan0004Level Three, Sierra mainline from just west of Black Oak to the wye at Tuolumne. Also shown on this level is the WSLCo trackage.   WSLCo trains now run from Tuolume out to Camp 24 and back to Tuolumne. Like the prototype empty Log cars are sent out to Camp 24 and exchanged for loaded Log cars  for the mill in Tuolumne.

scan0005Level Four, shows the Pickering Railroad trackage from Ralph to Soap Creek. A loaded log train, 16 log cars and two Shays leaves Soap Creek and at Beardsley Flat drops half of its loads on the spur. With two shays and eight loaded log cars it’s still a hard pull up the Peeled Onion and then onto Schoettgen Pass. At Schoettgen Pass the Woods train exchanges its loads for empties with the Mill train.

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Sierra Historical & Modeling Seminar

The Sierra Seminar is normally held the 3rd weekend in April, the Sunday after the West Side Loggers Convention, in Sonora, CA. For information on this year's Seminar please visit the Tuolumne Historical Railroad Association website.

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