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Southern Calif. Layout Tour – Nov. 19
« on: November 10, 2011, 04:14:04 PM »
Model Railroads of Southern California’s twenty-eighth layout tour takes place Saturday, November 19. This will be a self-guided tour of eleven layouts at eight sites from Simi Valley to Santa Barbara. One layout is appearing for the first time on the group’s tour program.

By scale there will be eight HO scale layouts, one small N scale layout, one small O scale layouts and one garden railroad.  This is a free event and you may bring relatives and friends.

The tour schedule, locations and layout descriptions are below. If you would like an area map showing the general locations of all the layout sites, please contact me directly at:

Persons taking this tour assume all risks and liability for their personal safety. Although I am the Moderator of this group, I am not responsible for personal loss or injury to those taking this tour.

Be sure to check the Model Railroads of Southern California website the day before the tour to see if any changes to the schedule or layout lineup have occurred.

If you cannot make this tour, more tours are planned including a Victorville-Apple Valley tour in February 2012, three Orange County tours in April and May, and a San Diego County tour or two in the summer.

If you wish to open your home layout for an upcoming tour, please contact me directly.

Bob Chaparro
Model Railroads of Southern California
Model Railroads of Southern California
Layout Tour No.  28
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dave’s Hobby Central (N, HO, O)
10:00 to 6:00
14 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
Al Daumann (HO)
10:00 to 3:00
443 Valley Gate Road, Simi Valley

Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club (HO)
9:00 to 2:00
Murphy Auto Museum
2230 Statham Blvd, Oxnard

South Coast Railroad Museum (HO)
1:00 to 4:00
300 N. Los Carneros, Goleta

Bruce Morden (HO)
10:00 to 4:00
3218 Serena Ave, Carpinteria

Mike Murphy   (HO)
9:00 to 3:00
13015 Rancho Vista Ct., Santa Rosa Valley

Santa Susana RR Historical Society (HO)
9:00 to 4:00
6503 Katherine Road, Simi Valley

Gary Siegel (HO & G)
9:00 to 4:00
1143 Camino Viejo, Santa Barbara

Please observe the hours of operation for the layouts.
No smoking at any of the layouts. 
Information current as of 10-30-11


Dave’s Hobby Central – Park in the public parking area on Chapala just north of Anapamu, which is just west of the shop. (75 minutes free parking.)
Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club – Located inside the Murphy Auto Museum. No admission charge but a donation is appreciated.
South Coast Railroad Museum – Park in parking area past fire station, proceed to museum visitor center and ask to see layout.
Bruce Morden – Park on streetand walk up the driveway next to the RR crossing sign to the garage.
Gary Siegel - Follow west driveway to garage. G gauge is through doors to right to rear of home.  HO is through door to left of garage door.  Both layouts are partially handicap accessible


Dave’s Hobby Central – Dave Wykoff invited the local model railroad club to build a replacement demonstration layout for his hobby shop window.  The layout has O-scale Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific, complete with coconut palms, an HO scale set in the Pacific Northwest and an N-scale set in the Appalachian Mountains.  Stop in the shop and say hello to Dave.  The store is open until 6:00 pm.

Al Daumann – The Burney, Redding & Western is an HO scale Digitrax DCC layout set in Northern California the late 1940s and located in a 10' x 12' bedroom.  Al’s inspiration was a few trips to the Fall River. Operationally, the railroad is a point to point railroad, with a main yard set in Redding on one end and a secondary yard in Bieber (Nubieber) at the other.  Staging tracks representing Eureka and Sacramento also are included.   The mainline is approximately 100 feet long.  Two branch lines (one on the layout, the other emerging from staging in a closet) are also included. The ruling grade is 3 percent on the mainline and 5 percent for the logging branch. Motive power is mostly steam with a few diesels as switchers.  Mainline steam
power is mostly 2-8-0 Spectrums with sound.  There is a Spectrum 4-6-0 with 63" drivers for passenger and mail service with Walthers and Rivarossi 60-foot passenger cars.  A Heisler, Climax and Shay work the logging branch.  The railroad also can be operated as a point to loop and a loop to loop via auxiliary tracks that loop back before reaching the main yards.  The layout is on two levels, with L-girder benchwork, Switchmaster switch machines, Atlas Code 83 flextrack and Tillig/Pilz/Elite turnouts.  The layout is in the early stages of scenery, with the scenery currently at about ten percent finished. 

Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club – This is an HO scale modular railroad club located in a semi-permanent location.  They operate steam and diesel powered trains using Digital Command Control (DCC) on a very large layout. The layout is capable of running 10 to 15 trains at one time.  The current layout is similar to their setup at the Ventura County Fair and is 15 ft. x 36 feet. They are using the Kaboom Trestle, Coal Canyon (now known as John McCaddin RV Park – after their deceased friend and lifelong train buff), parts of the Golden Valley from the Camarillo set-up, and new modules, consisting of a Proctor & Gamble facility, ADM grain elevator, Bakersfield Yard, and Leddo City. The Lumber Processing Mill & Pond, an engine repair facility, packing yard, slaughterhouse and icing rack will be incorporated into the new modules as their new expansion area is developed. The Bakersfield Yard incorporates a new round house with an operating turntable.

South Coast Railroad Museum – The main building is the historic Goleta Depot, a 1901 Southern Pacific No. 22 Combination Depot.  There is also an SP bay window caboose on the property.   You may have to ask to see the model railroad exhibit which is inside the depot in the freight room.  This operating exhibit depicts the railroad areas of Santa Barbara and Goleta during the late-steam/early-diesel era, making this a Southern Pacific dominated layout. The Santa Barbara Railroad Yard is the exhibit's most complex feature. The layout also features the Arroyo Hondo Bridge, west of Goleta. They also have a 7 1/2 inch gauge ride-upon for $1/ride.   Layout is not handicap accessible.
The website is:

Bruce Morden – The HO scale Southern Pacific Santa Barbara Subdivision fills a two-car garage.  The layout models the SP mainline in 1994 from Carpinteria to Devon with the branch from Surf through Lompoc and on to White Hills.  Bruce’s layout is a work in progress and so far there is very little scenery.  Tracks have been completed on two of three planned levels. Two staging yards are completed as has one medium-sized yard along the main line. Benchwork includes “thin wall” L-girder and open grid construction.  Roadbed consists of solid Masonite spline and alternate strips of plywood and Homosote spline construction.  The layout is handicap accessible.
Layout Blog:

Mike Murphy - This layout is located in a dedicated 26' x 30' room.  It features many nice structures, including an 18-stall roundhouse.  It's a free lanced transition era railroad featuring Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific trains and operations.  At prototypical speeds a train requires thirty-five minutes to travel the mainline.  Several branch lines and a fiddle/staging yard feed the mainline operations.  Mike's has incorporated many details to give the various layout scenes a very realistic feeling.  This completely sceniced layout features a detailed backdrop, weathered structures and an expansive harbor area with a dock, sea wall, dredge and other marine features.

Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society – The Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society's DCC controlled HO scale layout loosely models the Southern Pacific's coast line between Los Angeles and Portland in the early 1950s.   The layout has over 400 feet of mainline on two levels of wall-mounted shelf and two peninsulas.  Special emphasis is placed on the fictional Santa Susana Pacific Railroad serving the needs of Ventura County farms and industries.  Features include Cuesta loop that climbs from the lower to upper level of the layout, four freight classification yards and three passenger stations along with numerous bridges, sidings and industrial spurs.  Although the scenery is 100 percent complete, the club is constantly planning and implementing improvements to enhance both the visual and operational aspects of the layout.   During the past year, a scenery upgrade project in the San Pedro area created a fishing port with a large bay, docks, tuna processing plant and a lively downtown that includes a branch of the Pacific Electric running down the main street.  The club is now in the early stages of design and implementation of a layout-wide centralized traffic control signaling system.

The club's layout is located in the freight room of the former Southern Pacific Santa Susana depot.  The railroad built this depot in the early 20th century in order to serve eastern Ventura County.  The depot opened for business in 1903 and remained in service until the late 1960s.   Guests of the Society are encouraged to visit the museum located in the passenger section of the depot to view several artifacts and photos that detail the history of railroading in Southern California.  There is also a large collection of vintage Lionel O gauge locomotives and cars on display in the meeting room.


Gary Siegel - Gary has an HO scale layout of the L&N that was featured in Model Railroader in April 1996, Rail Model Journal in January and February 2008 and Model Railroad Craftsman in May 2008.   The layout was on the NMRA tour for the Long Beach national convention in 1996 and the Anaheim convention in 2008.  The Eastern Kentucky Division models an area of coal mines in the Appalachians in eastern Kentucky and western Virginia.  There are interchanges with C&O and N&W.  The year is 1971 so both 1st and 2nd generation diesel are the rule. The EK is still running its own passenger trains.

While not an official web site, Richard Barnes has taken some amazing photos of the L&N EK Div and they can be viewed at    The L&N EK Division operates once a month on the first Saturday of each month.  Operation is by car card and waybill with control using Easy DCC.  The layout is partially handicap accessible.  There are some steps in the far north part of the layout.

In addition to the HO layout, Gary has been working on a G-gauge layout in his back yard.  Also designed for operation, the layout is still under construction but has over 600 feet of operable track.  While most of this layout is handicap accessible, there are hills and steps in some areas.