North Seattle Area - Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Below is a listing of the layouts available for tour before the convention. They are listed here in the suggested order of visitation; but feel free to visit them in any order you wish. The RR Name column has links to the descriptions of the various layouts, which in turn have links to slideshows of the layouts showing some of the features of each layout. I invite you to browse through these at your leisure. Sorry, but buses to these layouts will not be available.

# RR Name Host City
1
Ray & Mary's Station Ray & Mary Mitchel Mt. Vernon, WA
2
Lehigh and Mill Creek Coal Company Alex Osenbach Mill Creek, WA
3
Lincoln Pinnacle Railroad Glenn & Barbara Shadduck Lynnwood, WA
4
Everett and Monte Cristo Railway Terry Lattin Edmonds, WA
5
Schweizerishe Alpen Bahren Jim & Lydia Easley Redmond, WA
6
Emerald Heights Joe & Miriam Sommer
Emerald Heights Retirement Community
Redmond, WA
7
Beaver Cove Railway Tom & Judy Briggs Redmond, WA
8
Dunckley Northern Railway John Morrison Redmond, WA
9
Phantom Lake - Adventure Railroad Norm Baullinger Bellevue, WA

Here is a map of the general region where the layouts are located. The numbers correspond to the numbers in the layout listing above.


Click on the Railroad name or the picture to see more pictures or a video.


Beaver Cove Railway

Beaver Cove Railway 
7


Engineers: Tom and Judy Briggs
Aged: 16 yrs.
Track: 1100 Feet
Power: Battery


The layout was designed to fit into the existing landscape but, many landscape stones, retaining walls, dirt fills and bridges were completed to provide reasonable grades and areas to add space for features. The track is code 250 aluminum (Llagas, no track power) with 61 turnouts. There is a scratch built operational replica of the Great Northern bascule bridge which spans the Lake Washington Ship canal just below Chittenden Locks in Seattle. There are four other bridges unique to Vancouver Island.
We named our railway after the Beaver Cove Lumber and Pulp Company which existed for one year in 1918. It was located in the northern most area of Vancouver Island. We have named our small town Beaver Cove and other segments along the railway are named for towns on Vancouver Island. Train station models have been completed for Nanaimo, Qualicum, Pt Albernie, Parksville, Courtenay, and the Esquimalt round house and turntable. Three others are in the future plans. Canadian Pacific is the chief operator of the line with logging segments operated by Beaver Cove Lumber.
We have trains that represent different eras (1880's to 2006) of the passenger and freight operations on Vancouver Island. For the last three years we have hosted an operations day to run 13 different way bills and 6 passenger schedules.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 9AM to 5PM.
The railway is viewable by someone in a wheelchair, but some parts are not accessible.

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Dunckley Northern Railway

Dunckley Northern Railway 
8


Engineer: John Morrison
Scale: 1:24


The Dunckley Northern Railway is a large layout covering most of the back yard. It is mostly raised about 3’ off the ground, (see Garden Railways Magazine of Aug. 2012), with towns and passing loops built on “tables”. The theme is a 3’ 6” gauge (1/24 scale) colonial line in an unnamed country. It operates with an eclectic collection of mostly scratch built locomotives and rolling stock. As well as conventional rod engines, there are a number of Garratts, Mallets, a Meyer and some vintage diesels on the roster. Some of the buildings and infrastructure are also scratch built and a small amount of dual gauge track and switches (3’ 6” and 4’ 8 ½ ”) are installed to accommodate a few standard gauge vehicles of the same scale.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 9AM to 5PM.
The yard is completely wheelchair accessible.

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Emerald Heights

Emerald Heights 
6

See the YouTube video of this layout at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzkP-J-WioE.

Engineers: Retirement Residences
Host: Joe & Miriam Sommer
Power: Electric & Battery


Emerald Heights, a continuing care retirement community, is believed to be the only retirement campus in the nation to operate a garden railway. Our garden railroad is based on the actual Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad Company. The layout sports 275 feet of track, 22 switches, six bridges and trestles, a mountain, and 45 buildings. Towns depicted are Redmond, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and North Bend. Most of the buildings are illuminated, providing a cheerful kaleidoscope of lights year round.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 9AM to 4PM.
Handicapped accessible.

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Everett and Monte Cristo Railway

Everett and Monte Cristo Railway 
4


Engineer: Terry Lattin
Power: Battery


The Everett and Monte Cristo Railway served between those two towns when Monte Cristo was the center of the biggest gold and silver mining rush of the 1890’s in Washington State. If one wants to visit that ghost town today, it requires a long drive to the Mountain Loop Hwy, followed by a four mile uphill hike over deteriorated logging roads to reach the town site. Since Terry had no John D. Rockefeller backing for his railroad, and could not afford large land acquisitions, as in the original Monte Cristo, he instead acquired “air rights” for its establishment. Topping out at one point at seven feet above mean ground level, the mainline appears to float in the upper foliage of several large trees.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 10AM to 4PM.
Not handicapped accessible. Steep grade from street to layout.

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Lehigh and Mill Creek Coal Company

Lehigh and Mill Creek Coal Company 
2


Engineer: Alex Osenbach
Track: 600'
Power: Battery


The railroad meanders through most of the rhododendron filled rear and side yard of our home. It is a basic oblong oval with a bulge and three connecting reversing loops. Trains enter through the “Decking Yard” located under the south side of the deck from the train storage shed. Leaving Decking Yard you circumnavigate along a dogwood tree and head east toward Crazy Corner. You then turn, loop around, and head west and up an eighty foot 4% grade to the side yard, engine service area and industrial sidings. We operate a mix-matched schedule of equipment and road names that we like, so there is a large variety of rolling stock and engines. There are several bridges and trestles. The dominating structure is the coal breaker located on the west side of the yard in the industrial area.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 10AM to 4PM.
Handicapped accessible only to back upper level.

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Lincoln Pinnacle RR

Lincoln Pinnacle RR 
3


Engineers: Glenn & Barbara Shadduck


The Lincoln Pinnacle RR is inspired by the early B&O up through the Civil War.  So the only motive power is provided by horses and 4-4-0 locomotives on a double-track layout.  There is a replica of the Thomas Viaduct and a Bollman truss bridge over a water feature.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 9AM to 5PM.
A path goes around the layout, its not wheelchair friendly, but there is a large deck overlooking the layout and the lake beyond.

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Phantom Lake - Adventure Railroad

Phantom Lake - Adventure Railroad 
9


Engineer: Norm Baullinger
Track: 600 ft.
Power: Battery


The Phantom Lake - Adventure Railroad is located on Phantom Lake in the Bellevue Eastgate area. It consists of two separate, but co-located subdivisions connected by a single track with a combined trackage of about 600 feet. Turnouts are remotely operated from two central locations via pneumatic actuators. The layout is “free lanced”, that is, it is built for pleasure with an emphasis on integrating into a mature garden. Locomotives are battery powered.
The connecting track to the subdivisions drops 5 vertical feet over 200+ feet going through mature landscaping consisting primarily of full sized rhododendrons and azaleas next to a large Gunnera plant with two foot plus leaves towering over the connecting elevated track. Several buildings, including a large depot/hotel, a curved trestle, and large and small waterfalls are part of the landscape.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 10AM to 4PM.
Access to the back yard with the train layout is mostly level over lawn and a flagstone pathway, which may be a little rough. Please be careful.

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Ray and Mary's Station

Ray and Mary’s Station 
1


Engineer: Ray Mitchel
Conductor: Mary Mitchell
Power: Battery
Track: 800 Feet


Ray started building our layout in 1998. We continued to expand our fun project. We have an overhead layout that is about 47 feet by 17 feet and has two tracks. We run four engines on this layout.
We have a u-shaped layout that is about 45 feet wide and 41 feet long. This has two main tracks. Then we have an upper layer figure eight layout that is about 16 feet in diameter. This has a mountain with a ski resort, tunnels and a single track.
On the u shaped layout, we have a cog railroad that runs up to the ski resort. We do not have a theme. It is very whimsical. We have a western town with cowboys and Indians. We have a brewery, refinery and a village. We also have dragons, unicorns, aliens and Big Foot. We play trains and run for fun.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 8AM to 4PM.
Not handicapped accessible.

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Schweizerishe Alpen Bahnen

Schweizerishe Alpen Bahnen 
5


Engineer: Jim & Lydia Easley


The Schweizerishe Alpen Bahnen, SAB, features the Rhatische Bahn and replicates the Swiss station and yards of Filisure, St. Niklaus and Beernina. Trains are arriving from Davos, and Bernina. A tourist train is also in the process of turning the steam engine around while many of the tourists are taking the opportunity to photograph all of the ongoing activities. Also, a bus is arriving to deliver and pick up passengers.

Open for tour on Sunday, 25 August, 2019, 9AM to 4PM.
Handicapped accessible.

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