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02.01.2014
O scale is similar in size, but not quite the same as the Lionel trains many people had as kids.
The Santa Fe Western O scale layout measures 164' by 25'(30' on ends, 20' in middle) and occupies over 4000 square feet of our building. Each of the four divisions, plus the passenger and engine terminal yards run with two cabs using a manual power block control system and toggle or pushbutton turnout control. With DCC (digital command control) it is much easier for fewer operators to control more trains.
Unlike some of the smaller scales, there isn’t a whole lot of O scale equipment available at your local hobby shop. Most of the model trains are owned by the individual members, although there is some club equipment that has been donated over the years. Passenger trains – A variety of passenger trains make an appearance on the O scale railroad, from modern Amtrak trains pulled by the latest and fastest electric locomotives, to old time heavyweight Pullman trains pulled by steam locomotives. Electric railroad locomotives receive their power from an external source, usually a wire suspended above the rails or a third rail. At some point we may electrify some parts of the upper Midway and Mountain divisions so prototypical Milwaukee and Great Northern trains can operate. Unlike the HO an N scale layouts, O scale is not a model of any particular region, instead it is intended to capture the flavor of the West while providing us with as long a mainline run as possible.
Over this goes a lattice of cardboard strips, then newspaper, and a layer of Hydrocal, a cement like product similar to plaster of paris.


Our yard tracks and sidings are about 55 feet long, giving us the ability to run trains of up to 50 cars.
We cam also run with a Passenger terminal operator, a narrow gauge operator, and an interurban operator. Many of the cars and locomotives you see here are highly detailed brass models, or built up from craftsman type kits. We currently have a mainline that is about 22 scale miles, or 2450 feet long, plus over 2450 feet or yard trackage including over 105 turnouts and two double slip switches. Trains can either turn around here and head back to the lower staging yards, or continue up through the Mountain Division to the Zenith yard. Like their prototypical counterparts, O scale trains need time to slow down and stop, requiring that the engineer think ahead. As the hobby grows, more true scale equipment is becoming available, particularly 3 rail equipment that can be easily modified to run on our 2 rail layout.
In the early days of railroading these allowed brakemen to walk along the top of the train to set the brakes by hand. After that we paint the bare hydrocal and add a variety of commercial and natural scenic materials to form grass, weeds, bushes, and rocky areas. A dispatcher at the Arrival or Departure Division control panels behind the scenes routes power and throws turnouts to allow mainline engineers to run trains on the two lower level tracks using handheld radio control throttles. Paul and Chicago on the “Milwaukee Road” at scheduled speeds of almost 100 mph, pulled by a streamlined steam engine!


Look for the mileposts along the right of way, small white markers with a number on them indicate scale miles from a starting point down in one of the yards.
Since a tumble to the floor can be very destructive to a brass locomotive, we have protected most of the track with clear plastic barriers to keep derailed equipment from falling.
Later versions were pulled by Union Pacific Diesels and painted in Union Pacific Yellow and Gray. To this is glued a layer of Homasote, a paper product that provides the basic shape of the roadbed to which wooden ties are glued and rails are spiked. More modern freight trains run without a caboose, instead they have an electronic flashing device attached to the last car which monitors the air pressure in the trains brake system.
Modern trains are often made up of inter-modal cars carrying containers or trailers, large boxcars, auto-racks, covered hoppers and tank cars.
Electrification eliminated the problems of smoke and exhaust building up in the long tunnels. We recently (2007) received a donation from the Carl Dean estate of a 13 car Northern Pacific "North Coast Limited" train with ABBA F3 diesel engines.
You may not see all of these trains, as our members bring them home and rotate others onto the layout over the course of our run season.




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