Layout Of The Month For June
- We received several responses to the recent call for home layout
images to be posted each month on this group's webpage. Those
images we received will be used in the coming months to showcase the
work of our members. We could use some more.
The third image to be used in our "Layout of the Month" program
is from Lee Christopher in El Segundo.
Lee's HO-scale McCloud Railway layout is intended to resemble the
prototype McCloud Railway (formerly the McCloud River Railroad), a
lumber and mining products short line in Northern California (near
Mt. Shasta) around 1997.
This multi-level layout is in a two-car detached garage and measures
about 16 x 17. The benchwork is modified L-girder and the scenery
is hard shell.
Currently it's about one-third complete and features all hand-laid
track and turnouts in codes 55, 70 and 83 on a Micore and plywood
roadbed. The minimum radius is 28 inches. Turnouts are minimum #6,
maximum grades are 3% and track heights above the floor range from
41 to 63 inches.
The DCC (with sound) operations are point to point with a switchback
and a live interchange with the Union Pacific at Mt. Shasta City.
Locomotives and rolling stock are mostly decorated to resemble
Lee is married and both he and his wife are aerospace engineers.
Lee has been interested in model trains since his 1950s childhood
when his father would set up his HO scale oval of track with a steam
switcher and a few cars in the family living room. Lee built a few
relatively small / simple HO layouts as a teenager but left the
hobby shortly after beginning college. His interest was renewed in
the mid-1990s after reading a copy of "Pine Across the Mountain" by
Robert M. Hanft. He then began pondering the idea of modeling the
Although his wife doesn't share his train interests, she is very
accepting of his hobby. They find the Mt. Shasta region quite
beautiful and it has become a favorite vacation spot for both of
them, giving Lee numerous opportunities to explore and photograph
the prototype he is modeling.
We thank you Lee for sharing your layout with the group.
I hope more of you will contact me off-group at:
to submit your layout images for the "Layout of the Month" program.
The only qualifications are that the layout actually be located in
Southern California and that it be an individual layout, rather than
a club layout.