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masonamerican Posted - 12/10/2011 : 06:01:09 AM
Hi All,
below there are some pictures of my layout the freelanced California Railway & Navigation Company with its subsidiary Smith-Kingsley Logging Co. It is set in Northern California around 1890-1895. It connects the small sea harbor Innsmouth with the inland terminal Dunsmuir where it connects with the Southern Pacific. The main reason for its existence is transporting goods from Innsmouth Harbor to Dunsmuir for transport east. Connected to it is also a subsidiary logging company which operates its own equipment but uses the C.R.&.N.Co right of way.

This is my first layout since I was a teenager and I started the layout about 2 years ago. Before that we lived in an apartment so then it was only building of houses and rolling stock. It occupies roughly 4x4m (13´x13´) in my basement. The benchwork is L-girder and the track is ME flextrack code 55 and 70 which lies on plywood+cork roadbed. Turnouts are made with Fast Tracks jigs and their laser cut turnout ties. The trains are controlled by Roco’s DCC system. The maximum grade is 2% and the minimum radius 24´´. To get a long mainline I have separated the two end stations by about 12´´ vertically and let the mainline do a double turn via a helix before it reaches Dunsmuir. Much of the track will be hidden from view to avoid a spaghetti bowl kind of look.

Scenery which I just have started with is of the conventional kind with plaster cloth on a support skeleton. The plan is to finish the scenery in 4´ segments and gradually work my way from Dunsmuir to Innsmouth which will be finished last. Scenery has been hard to make and at the first part at Dunsmuir I have tested a lot. I hope the scenery gradually will be better and better as it comes along.
Trees are a combination of homemade and commercial. As the railroad is modeled at its peak and fairly new most of my buildings only have a light weathering to show the passage of time. My engine house for example is only about 5 years since it was built so it has not got that dilapidated worn look yet. The depression is many, many years ahead. Also the management is keeping everything in good working order.

My freight cars are a mix of for example Labelle, BTS, Alkem Scale models, Central Valley, Rio Grande Models, Silver Crash Car Works, Art Griffin and old IHC, AHM cars that I have modified.
The passenger fleet which I about to rework with better paintjobs and more elaborate decals consists for example of Westwood, reworked Model Power cars, and GEM (brass).
The locomotive fleet is just as diverse and consists of a lot of brass Balboa, PFM, Gem, Ken Kidder, NWSL (Shay). Some kits I have assembled from Arbour models kits a 2-6-0 and a 4-4-0. Also I have some commercial RTR locos from Bachmann and Roundhouse.

Please excuse the disorder on the photos as I’m using the part of the layout which I’m not building on as storage for the scenery stuff. I staged some of the buildings for the photos and the Engine house is not finished but it all hopefully gives a view how it will look when finished. There is also a lot of detail work to do but the scenery has to be somewhat complete first.
I hope you will find my description and photos of my layout of interest and that I haven’t bored you to death. Comments are always welcome. Thank you,

Best regards

Dunsmuir on the right with the helix below

Dunsmuir on the left and on the storage mess that is to become Innsmouth

Spagetti bowl trackage for the time being

Yet more spagetti bowl but the 2 first tiers will be hidden behind the foredrop.


Dunsmuir again. Sorry some of the trees has not yet been planted.

The unfinished engine terminal at Dunsmuir with my Arbour 4-4-0, a Roundhouse 2-8-0 and the Arbour 2-6-0.

The turntable (Diamond scale) with my Arbour 4-4-0

The unfinished engine house with the Arbour 2-6-0.

The Dunsmuir station with my Ken Kidder 2-6-0 and a Balboa 4-4-0

Dunsmuir station again

My trackplan
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masonamerican Posted - 11/12/2019 : 4:22:40 PM
Thanks Bob!
its loosely based on the Eureka. The loco looks more like a Brooks than a Baldwin but I went for the Baldwin scheme anyway. Mostly as I could not find any good photos of a Brooks in my literature that shows the lining in a good way.
The russia iron is my mix of Testors metalizer gun metal mixed with metalizer stainless steel. I think the gun metal in itself is too dark and the stainless steel lightens it up a little.
The decals I made myself. My ancient ALPS doesn't do coherent work anymore so its a lot of testing and fiddling to make it work.

railman28 Posted - 11/11/2019 : 10:09:12 PM
That is looking so good Håkan! I'm trying to decide to follow the Glenbrook or the Eureka as my paint prototype. The Biggest difference is the smokebox graphite is a light gray on the Glenbrook. The Eureka had a lot more brass on it too. What did you use for the Russia Iron? Are those your own decals?

masonamerican Posted - 11/11/2019 : 2:56:08 PM
Hi Guys
long time no see! Sorry for being absent from the forum. I pop in once or twice checking the progress of things but its been awhile (months to tell the truth) since I posted an update. Thanks for the bump Bob!

I thought to do a little progress report. The last half year has seen little progress on the layout as I have been busy building two Pullman cars for a customer. They took much longer to finish than first anticipated but now they are finished.

I'm now continuing working on my Mogul 2-6-0 model which now has DCC installed and a nearly finished paintjob. Next in line is to add the decals to the driving wheels.

The paintwork is based on the Eureka 4-4-0.

Happy modeling!
railman28 Posted - 09/05/2019 : 09:08:59 AM
OK Hogger Posted - 04/09/2019 : 3:17:21 PM
Thanks Dave!

Very interesting!

deemery Posted - 04/09/2019 : 11:20:14 AM
009 is British OO scale (1/72) on 9mm track, which is the track gauge for N scale. This is close to US 2' scale. More importantly, since HOn30 shares the same track gauge, we can use a lot of 009 stuff for HOn30, and vice versa. (I have a couple really nice 009 side dump cars that I got from England. They don't look that much out of scale, even behind a small 0-4-2.)

OK Hogger Posted - 04/09/2019 : 09:48:20 AM

009? That's another new one on this Yank. (I'm always learning something from you Internationals!) What gauge track does it operate on? "G" scale track? Nice models at your Hattons link.

Michael Hohn Posted - 04/07/2019 : 10:24:28 AM

I agree, Peggy is a beauty.

As a frequent reader of Railway Modeller, I most enjoy the OO9 layouts, always imaginative and full of atmosphere. I’m looking forward to your updates.


masonamerican Posted - 04/07/2019 : 03:44:30 AM
Hi All,
been busy building a OO9 exhibition layout. Fell in love with Peggy which is a new Bachmann OO9 Baldwin that came out some time ago. Fantastic model. Here is a link:

Amazing detail for such a small model.

here is my small sidetrack in icy blue which hopefully will soon be in green.

masonamerican Posted - 12/31/2018 : 07:28:15 AM
Dave, he is a great inspiration for me too. I just loved the articles on the older MR.
Sorry Scott, off course its Caspia trees.

Hawghead Posted - 12/25/2018 : 10:33:53 AM

Ahh, Caspia trees. Just never heard of them referred to as Jack Works trees before. Anyway, thanks for the link, now get busy building something else we can drool over.

deemery Posted - 12/24/2018 : 08:57:25 AM
Jack Work was one of the big influences on me, I remember his articles in MR. He lived on Vancouver Island, and some of his models are in the BC Logging Museum in Duncan.

masonamerican Posted - 12/24/2018 : 03:54:47 AM
Thank you Scott and Galen for the kind words.

Scott, the pine trees was made through a method devised by the renowned modeler Jack Work. He was very active in Model Railroader in the 1960s. I don't know if he was the first with this method but I think it became more widespread after his articles. I have trouble finding any links myself. Basically it is tapering a wooden balsa dowel and adding bark detail. Then color it a brown bark color. Drill holes for branches which are made by sticking small twigs of fern or caspia into the holes. Here is a good description:

I hope it can be of help.

Happy modeling!
ocalicreek Posted - 12/23/2018 : 7:40:26 PM

What a great, compact little scene. It feels complete with all the relevant details in place. Thank you also for showing the smaller scene in the larger context.

Hawghead Posted - 12/23/2018 : 2:42:48 PM

Beautiful work on the layout, I've gone through the whole thread and your work is fantastic. Several pages back there was reference made to Jack Works trees. I've searched the internet and can't find anything on them. Any chance you have a link to info about them or the method?

Thanks and again outstanding work.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

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