Kaufman, Bill


Clinics Presented:

Modeling the State Belt


I was interested in the State Belt as a possible prototype to model long before I wrote the book, but the research influenced the layout. What did I learn and how I applied it to the layout is the subject of the clinic. I had two goals: recreating the San Francisco waterfront and realistic operations based on WWII. I made choices both about the design and about the operations to make this idiosyncratic fit into a 12' by 12' footprint.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood

The State Belt railroad


Begining with a couple crooks in the 1860's (Crooks in San Francisco? Say it isn't so) the clinic tells the history of the railroad that ran along San Francisco's Embarcadero from AT&T Park to Fisherman's Wharf and the Presidio. From 1892 to 1992, the State Belt serviced the piers and industries all along the waterfront. It only existed to switch cars and spent a part of the 1920s and 1930s trying to convince the Supreme Court of the United States that it wasn't a railroad at all. The quintessential switching road in a historic location.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler