The current Western Sierra Lines HO layout was started in August 2008. It is currently 99% complete from a track perspective and 80% complete from a primary scenic standpoint. Of course no layout is ever finished and we are already looking forward to changes to improve operations and open up more possibilities as well as many super detailing opportunities.
The Layout is a 17′ X 30′ “Z” shaped layout. . Track is Atlas Code 83 with a minimum radius of 30″ and a maximum grade of 2% on the mains. The layout has a 200′ long double mainline which is complete. In addition, the layout includes a mountainous short line designed to highlight geared steam and other short/slow equipment. This has a minimum radius of 24″ and a max grade of 4%. The Layout utilizes DCC which is provided by an Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC) Prodigy Wireless DCC system with one wireless base unit and six booster units to control seven Power Districts. In addition, the shortline has the ability to operate a straight DC at the flick of a switch. This gives club members an opportunity to run older equipment that has not been converted.
Future plans include finishing work on the short line scenery and exploring an expansion of the layout along with modification of existing areas to improve operation and enhance the scenes.
Basic Scenery is complete across the entire layout. Staying true to the name Western Sierra Lines, the layout depicts a line that moves from rich farmland valleys to mountain passes and includes many examples of the different environments California’s railroads operate in.