Short Description

This railroad was recently dismantled due to a pending move.

The Sierra Lines is an exact model (with some compression) of the way it would have been on April 1, 1954, given the long expected Richter 8.4 earthquake in the California Sierras in 1948. Subsequent to the earthquake, Dr. Arthur Smith, sole stockholder of the Sierra Lines, put together an amalgamation of the Southern Pacific Lines, The Virginia City & Truckee River Railroad, The Western Pacific Railroad, the Lodestone, Sierra, and Incline Village Railroad, and the Sierra Central Lines.

Route Map of the Sierra Lines


Railroad Overview

Superintendent: Dr. Arthur Smith
Scale: HO Scale
Era: April 1, 1954
Dispatching: Wireless Audio
Control System/Operating System: Digitrax wireless throttles
Car Forwarding: Rail Op computer generated switch lists
Communications: Wireless Audio
Mainline: 280 feet, with branchlines of 30 feet and 70 feet
Crew Size: 11 crew max., each with their own throttle and train(s)
Yardmaster: 4 yards, switched by Road Crews
Road Crews: 11, each with their own throttle
Dispatcher: Dr. Arthur Smith

Layout Description:

Approximately 900 square feet, walk-in, around the walls, one peninsula, with 13 towns to switch, over 250 structures, 600+ cars, most engines with sound, some steam, code 100 track with 220 Peco (manual) and 23 Atlas (motorized) turnouts. Towns and switching areas include Sacramento, The Docks, The Industrial Park, Marysville, Chico, Red Bluff, Blackwater Junction, Truckee, Incline Village, Auburn, Donner Summit, and Lodestone.

Operating Scheme

Each of the 5 railroads have a Corporate Culture, which every one is expected to read and act accordingly. 2 engineers are assigned to each railroad, each engineer with their own throttle, town to switch, and computer generated (RAIL OP) switchlist(s). Some cooperation with your fellow employee is required for some of the time. The 11th crew member runs mixed freight with switching along the way around the layout, and might run passenger and/or ore trains with switching also required. If requested, some trains with little or no switching can be run. The 5 railroads interchange with each other (theoretically) in staging (Sparks in the East, Stockton in the West). It is possible to run continuously without restaging, assuming everyone has zero defects.

Trains

Desription of trains

Photographs
Auburn Blackwater Junction
Auburn Blackwater Junction
Carter's Corn Syrup Chico - WR Hall Shipping
Carter's Corn Syrup Chico - WR Hall Shipping
Chico DelMonte Shipping
Chico DelMonte Shipping
Entry Aisle Gold at The Mother Lode
Entry Aisle Gold at The Mother Lode
GrandCentralStation Incline Village
GrandCentralStation Incline Village
IndustrialPark Kay Smith Gold Mine
IndustrialPark Kay Smith Gold Mine
Kirksville Lodestone
Kirksville Lodestone
Marysville OldTownYard
Marysville OldTownYard
Overview of Truckee Red Bluff - Bruce BedPans
Overview of Truckee Red Bluff - Bruce BedPans
Sacramento Uptown Sacramento
Sacramento Uptown Sacramento
The Docks
The Docks

Last Updated: 11 November, 2016
Author: Ward Hammond
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