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Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:30:25 AM »
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My layout has truly been an evolution. It started out to be a representation of Casa Grande, AZ after I moved from Southern California in 2008. Casa Grande had all of the great parts of the old Southern Pacific in place. The single track mainline still had a Southern Pacific station, Southern Pacific signals, and a pair of gray and red GP40-2’s switching the locals.

Unfortunately, all of the things that drew me into modeling the Arizona desert has been removed. The station burned, the old line side structures and signals were removed when the mainline was double tracked, and slowly my interest started to change….

Model Railroad Hobbyist E-Zine had a track planning contest to design and build a layout for $500. The $500 includes track, a power pack, motive power, cars, buildings and scenery.

I went to Lowe’s and I bought three 1×4 furring strips, trimmed them down to size, used a pair of sides from a broken Ikea dresser for a surface. The benchwork is a pair of 14″x37″ boxes, the layout is now about 14x 86, the benchwork cost me a whopping $13.00 including the hardware. With my GP35R that was purchased used for $55.00, and has $14.00 worth of detail parts and a $35.00 power pack, I have already blown through $117.00 of the budget.

Five #6 Atlas code 80 switches and Caboose Hobby ground throws brings the total up an additional $77.00, add in another $22.00 in flex track, and $11.00 in 18 gauge wire (Wal-Mart sells 40 ft of 18ga wire in the auto section, only in red and black, for about $5.50) brings me up to $227.00, add in my bay window caboose, and I am up to $257.00. I have now used 51.4% of my total budget.

Now, if we look at the rolling stock that I have picked up, we are adding in an additional $169.00, meaning that I have $74.00 to add structures, paint, scenery and ballast my track. My house walls are already a tan, and most of the layout is going to be dirt (free and free). While I have ballast and ground foam, I have not removed them from my budget YET. I also bought a Walthers ADM grain elevator for $30.00 on a Walthers special will bring me down to $37.00……will I be able to build a warehouse and a liquid feeds plant, convert a pair of OLD Atlas tank cars to Micro Trains couplers for under $37.00?



The answer was no. I gave up on the $500 budget and got a NCE Powercab. I have installed a decoder into the GP35R. To this date, I only have one DCC equipped loco. I then started to scratch build structures. Below is a picture of my first successful scratch build.



My friend Joe D’Amato has been a great source of inspiration and tips. He saw something inside me that has always been there that I was suppressing, my love of the old Pacific Electric in Southern California. The Pacific Electric sold off it’s passenger service in 1953, and merged into the Southern Pacific in 1965.

Joe nudged me to want to model an earlier time. My first idea was to model the old Pacific Coast Railway, if it survived WWII, was bought by the Southern Pacific and converted to Standard Gauge. It felt like the right move, but off of the mark. Arnold then released a model of an SW1, and the Pacific Electric loved to lease them from it’s parent. From what I can tell, only 1011 was lettered for the PE, and that was enough of a push to pull the timeline of my switching layout and changing the location.

I am now modeling a fictitious branch of the Pacific Electric, to the beach city of Playa Desnuda. I liked the look and feel of the Santa Monica Airline, but I could only find a handful pictures and no track maps.

The west half of the layout has a freight station, D’Amato Lumber (based off of Fisher Lumber) and Gallifrey Supplies, it’s bigger on the inside. The east half is currently waiting on an oil depot, and a strip of stores. The oil depot is going to be scratch built and I am thinking of using DPM kits for the local businesses.

Like the real Santa Monica Airline, I decided to model the Playa Desnuda Branch in 1953, after the end of passenger service and the line poles came down….for now. If a Baldwin freight motor or a Hollywood Car came available, the poles will go back up….


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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 01:35:50 AM »
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I started the layout in 2013, I decided tonight to show all of the steps








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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric March 2013
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 01:40:37 AM »
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Lance Mindheim has built many great layouts. One of his tricks is to paint finely detailed track in lighter colors to highlight the details, and if you are using track with big, over-sized details (like i am with Atlas Code 80), to use darker paint. Well, my supply of Floquil spray paint was not good... drove down to ACE Hardware and picked up a can of Kryon Camouflage Brown, masked off the ground throws and the switch points, and sprayed the rails. I then let them dry, broke out a Walthers Bright Boy and polished the rails. I am happy with the results. Now I can start ballasting….

 
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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 01:55:24 AM »
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Smoken’ Joe D’Amato has figured out how to make a wood laser cut kit that is really a one  night project. I have built many kits over the last 30 years, and I can not remember an easier kit to assemble. This was a very easy kit, and it looks great. Micro-trains.com has a winner with the Military Storehouse kit. The hardest part was cutting the roof to fit. I painted the structure with old Floquil Antique White and Roof Brown.


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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric backdrop
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 02:01:54 AM »
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So, sticking with the low buck theme on the Toltec  switching layout, I decided to recycle more parts of the original Ikea dresser. This time it is the drawer bottoms. I used three cans of spray paint to create my backdrop, and needed to lower the horizon.


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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2017, 02:06:16 AM »
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I originally wanted to model the West Long Beach Freight Station, until I could only find one picture on the web. I kept searching and found about 10 different freight stations. I was finally able to find two pictures of the Santa Monica Freight Station, and Joe D’Amato was able to supply a third. These three photos were able to show all but the west wall. I am estimating that the building was 24 feet wide and 90 feet long.


https://sopacincg.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/tmp_31932-20170508_190956166774099.jpg


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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2017, 02:09:47 AM »
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I have started a new project for the Playa Desnuda branch of the Pacific Electric.

Right down the tracks from the Santa Monica freight station was a lumber company named Fisher Lumber.



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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2017, 02:14:06 AM »
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The roads are made out of a No Parking sign, painted with auto primer.



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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2017, 02:15:49 AM »
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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2017, 07:04:03 PM »
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Damn it's Bruce Petty reincarnated -----
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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2017, 08:03:56 PM »
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Love modeling actual scenes...nice work John!
But where's the nude beach?
Otto K.

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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2017, 08:24:36 PM »
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Very nice John, plenty of character can be fit in these small switching layouts. Looking forward to more!

-Lucas

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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2017, 08:33:06 PM »
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Damn it's Bruce Petty reincarnated -----
thanks,  I will take that as a compliment, but I hope that he lives a long time!

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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2017, 10:48:00 PM »
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OK doppelganger
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Re: Playa Desnuda Branch of the Pacific Electric
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2017, 08:22:08 PM »
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All the camo colors are great for our purposes. And cheap :D
Otto K.