Sierra Railroad 1955

Modeling the Sierra Railroad in Twain Harte, CA

West Side Lumber Co


The Wslc Engine House with the mill in the background. The building were made from Russ Simpson’s drawings glued to foam core. One of these days I will scratch build the building or simply overlay wood siding on the existing foam core. (12-09)


An overview of the WSLCo yard tracks. The car shops and the old engine house at the north end of the yard will be able to built full size based on Russ Simpson’s drawings. The WSLCo mainline runs across the front of the heater/hot water tank enclosure. The track running across the top right side is the Pickering, it runs through enclosure and pops out on the other side above Bakers Siding.(12-09)


The old engine house. The unfinished shay is a prototype MDC HOn3 2 truck shay built before MDC came out with their HOn3 shay kit. Behind the engine house is the narrow gauge wye. (12-09)


The narrow gauge track is heading for the narrow gauge wye. The standard gauge track crossing the narrow gauge track is the Sierra track heading out to the unloading spur at the WSLCo fuel and sand facility. The dual gauge track is from the unloading spur back down to the WSLCo engine house area.


The back leg of the WSLCo wye. The turnout in the corner is thrown by a Tortoise switch machine.


The other leg of the WSLCo wye. The tank car is spotted on the unloading track for the WSLCo fuel facility. The track is dual gauged so standard gauge cars can be spotted. The dual gauge track on the left is the WSLCo mainline, the dual gauge trackage ends just past the tank car. The two narrow gauge tracks lead to car repair shops.(12-09)


Photo taken from the fueling area looking back towards the car shops and the yard tracks. (12-09)


The WSLCo #15 at Bakers Siding heading out to the woods with a reefer and string of empties.


The WSLCo #15 is just out of the picture to the left. The track loops around and climbs above Bakers Siding. Just above the green fascia is the Pickering heading towards the Peeled Onion. The log cars are a mix of the new Kadee cars and some home made cars. They will be replaced with models of the Swayne cars some time in the future.


The Pickering comes around the corner on the Peeled Onion and then ducks under the WSLCo as the WSLCo crosses over the aisle way. The bridge represents Flume. (12-09)


The WSLC tracks crossing over Flume and starting its decent into the Tuolumne River Canyon. (12-09)


The WSLCo  after crossing Flume and heading down towards the Tuolumne River canyon and the River Bridge.(12-09)


The WSLCo  curving around the end of the peninsula. (12-09)


The WSLC in the Tuolumne River Canyon just west of the River Bridge. The River Bridge siding is on the right sid eof the picture. (12-09)


The River Bridge. The WSLC continues to the right and after a “S” curve disappears through the backdrop in the back right hand corner. The Pickering mainline to Soap Creek is on the right and will disappear and duck under the WSLC and reappearing at Soap Creek. (12-09)

January 2011 – this the WSLCo mainline as it enters the Crew Lounge room. The base scenery and backdrops really make a difference.  Below the West Side is Fassler. The Sierra Railroad sign has been re-located to another  wall to allow room for the backdrop.


The WSLC after crossing the River Bridge enter the crew lounge room above the Pickering Mill at Fassler. In the far left corner will be Hull Creek with a burn out area as the result of the Hull Creek fire. (12-09)

January 2011 – the Hull Creek area. When the scenery is done in this area it will represent a burn out area from the Wright’s Burn of the early 1950’s. The deck below shows the mock up of the Pickering Mill at Fassler.

January 2011 – the siding at Camp 24.  The photos in the picture below have been relocated above Ralph.  Shay #14 is ready to head back to Tuolumne with a work/supply train.  The cars are from Rio Grande models that were put together for me by Tom Milam.


Camp 24 and the end of the modeled portion of the WSLC. (12-09)

January 2011 – the Camp 24 balloon track. The section of the scenery with the buildings will remain a lift out section to be sure we have access to the back side of the Loop.


The track curving to the right is the loop track at Camp 24. The track to the left is the mainline continuing out to the woods ( it end about another 5 ft to the left. A staged loaded log train will arrive from the woods and exchange it loads for empties that have been brought up to Camp 24  from the Tuolumne Mill 24. I just have to build approximately 40 – 45  Swayne logs and I be in business. (12-09)

The current end of the WSLCo mainline. During Op Sessions there will be a loaded log train staged here so it can run into Camp 24 to exchange its loads with the train that arrives from Tuolumne with its empties. There is a possible expansion of the mainline where it would run across the back door like the Sierra mainline . This would allow for a two track staging area and a longer run for the loaded log train before it enters Camp 24. If this expansion is built it would be done after the Sacramento NMRA Convention.


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