Layout Design special interest group

Modeling the Pacific Coast Railway's San Luis Obsipo facilities in N scale


A description of the narrow gauge Pacific Coast Railway's facilities in San Luis Obispo, California, and the construction of a sectional layout in Nn3 modeling these facilities WITHOUT COMPRESSION; includes a discussion of Ultra-Light benchwork construction and hand-laying of Code 40 Nn3 track.

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Day Time Room Changes
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Three Sisters New

Building a realistic bulk oil dealership


Bulk oil dealerships in the prototype vary widely, and there may seem to be no two alike, but in fact there are a
number of features in common, which may be arranged in various ways. A number of prototype examples are
presented in the clinic, along with a detailed look at constructing an HO scale model incorporating the common
features of prototype facilities.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Wednesday, Aug 26 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Placeville, CA: A complete district, to scale, as one layout


The earliest attempted crossing of the Sierras by rail terminated in this town in late 1887. By 1900 two large saw mills - one of which later built a connecting branchline - along with a box factory, fruit packing sheds , a foundry, and farms were all shipping products, while mines, businesses and farms were importing machinery, fuel, and supplies. From 1915-1953 traffic expanded up to two trains daily of 20-30 cars each in late summer and during WW II. Presenter illustrates with photos and maps.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Big railroads in small spaces


Join Greg Wright as he describes how to fit a model railroad into any space and make it
look and feel bigger. Greg will share his ideas, his favorite reference material, and
use his Consolidate Republic Mining Railroad to illustrate his points.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Wednesday, Aug 26 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sellwood

Signaling your layout with DCC for control/operations

A discussion of the fundamental processes and steps necessary to design and build/install a successful layout railroad signaling system - basic to advanced.

Presentation will include the methods and hardware variations (options) needed to install and operate various prototype signaling systems. Included will be our experience and lessons learned having done/assisted/advised on several layouts in the Pacific Northwest and west coast. Time will be allotted for questions and answers during and following the presentation.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sellwood
Saturday, Aug 29 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

The Northwestern Pacific - Challenges and rewards of modeling a prototype railroad


Over the last decade I have been building and operating a medium sized garage layout based on the 1958-1960 Northwestern Pacific in Northern California. Several previous clinics covered the design philosophy of producing an operating, not static, representation of this prototype. This clinic extends the discussion to specific areas, largely equipment and scenic issues, where special effort was required to achieve this goal.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Friday, Aug 28 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood

Designing a signaling system with cpNode (CMRI on Arduino)

Chuck and Seth will describe their experiences designing and implementing Model Railroad Signaling Systems and how they have used the cpNode system they developed, to streamline the process.
They will discuss power distribution and detection topologies, setting up signal locations, dividing the layout into blocks, cabling, cost optimization strategies and much more.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Three Sisters
Saturday, Aug 29 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Three Sisters

Truck to rail pulpwood transfer yard


This clinic describes the layout, purpose, and operation of a truck-to-rail pulpwood transfer yard operated by International Paper during the 1990s in the US Southeast. This yard was one of many such yards in operation. Structures, machinery, trucks, and special-purpose railcars will be examined, and modeling suggestions will be presented.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

LDSIG panel: What would you do differently?


I will moderate a panel of 4 or 5 local layout owners, SIG Tour hosts, and pose a series of topics about lessons learned about design, construction and operation. We usually record this so we can share the transcript in the LDJ.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

Finer than fine scale - modeling the SR&RL in Proto 20.3n2


Join Jim as he relates his adventures over the last 9 years working to recreate the 2 foot gauge Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes in his backyard in a combination of scale and gauge that has him scratchbuilding or kitbashing almost everything.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Hood
Saturday, Aug 29 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Hood


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