West Portland Area 1 - Friday, 30 August, 2019

Below is a listing of the layouts available for tour during 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.

# RR Name Host City Bus?
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Camp Creek Railroad Hal & Ellen Beighley Beaverton, OR Yes
39
Alaska and Northwest Railroad Bill and William Caron Portland, OR Yes
40
Coeur D’Alene branch of the Northern Pacific Bill & Brenda Derville Beaverton, OR Yes
41
Leupold Garten Bahn Werner & Nancy Leupold Hillsboro, OR Yes
42
G&J Garden Railway Garry & Judy Jantzen Hillsboro, OR Yes
43
Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Allan & Kathryn Warrior Hillsboro, OR Yes
44
Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Kyle & Reba McLennan Scholls, OR Yes

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.


Alaska and Northwest Railroad

Alaska and Northwest Railroad 
39


Hosts: Bill Caron, William Caron, Sheri Caron, Josephine Caron
Power: Track Power with some Battery Power


The Alaska and NW Railroad is a freelanced layout featuring locomotives and rolling stock from the Alaska Railroad (ARR) as well as Union Pacific (UP) and BNSF from the NW. The layout is track power with isolated sidings. Locomotives are being converted to battery power and sound utilizing Airwire and Phoenix Sound as time and resources allow.
The basis of the design is to provide a layout to be able to run trains on a continuous loop and have trains staged in the yard. The layout began in the planning stages in late 2015 with the plan to relandscape the back yard to provide space for the railroad. The first track was laid in the spring of 2018 with the first successful train on the mainline in September of 2018. The layout features approximately 200 feet of mainline with roughly 25% of it elevated. The grade level track is laid directly on the ground using 1/4 minus gravel as the base and ballast. The elevated portions are 2x6 lumber with 1/4 minus ballast. An 8 foot long bridge made from a full scale section of rail begins the elevated portion of the railroad. The railroad is very much still a work in progress with future modifications that include yard expansion, a covered storage area and scenery and building addition. A possible extension into the garage is being considered.
Trains leave the yard on their way toward the bend meandering along the front retaining wall allowing viewers to be up close to trains as they run by. Trains wrap around the bend on their way up to the elevated portion crossing the long bridge before appearing once again up close to railfans. Trains then disappear behind majestic Cypress trees only to reappear through the remains of one of their fallen compadres, then back around the bend then wrapping around the Cypress trees again and back to the yard.

Open for tour on Friday, 30 August, 2019.
The railroad is not very handicap accessible as there is a long gravel walkway. Restrooms are not available at this location.

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Burlington and Missouri River Railroad

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad 
43


Engineers: Allan and Kathryn Warrior
Power: Track


This railroad is loosely modeled on the Creston, Iowa, Division of the Burlington Route (CB&Q) from 1935 until 1969 before it was merged into the Burlington Northern and later the BNSF railroads. The motive power is primarily 22 various diesels of the era including the Pioneer Zephyr (1935) and the last-purchased SD45 (1969). Approximately 600 feet of mainline track runs around three sides of the house and there is a large switch yard in the town of Creston. One route in the front yard crosses a 16- foot gap on a plate girder trestle and through an eight-foot truss bridge. A second route travels over a 60-foot poured concrete viaduct. Several of the 71 buildings and structures are built from scratch and are actual scale (1:32) models of buildings in Creston, especially the 1898 railroad station and auxiliary buildings. The Altoona Playland miniature amusement park is just for fun.

Open for tour on Friday, 30 August, 2019.
Wheel chair accessible with assistance.

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Camp Creek Railroad

Camp Creek Railroad 
38


Engineers: Hal and Ellen Beighley


Camp Creek Railroad was started in 2007 under 3 large Scotch pine trees. It took less than 6 months to realize that this location was a bad idea because of the sap and lots of needles. The Grandchildren let Poppy know in no uncertain terms that the cleanup was difficult—the trees had to go in their minds. They had no idea I would take them to heart and remove the trees in the summer of 2011. The road bed was re-configured to allow one track loop to run through the biggest stump.
Opening the area up to more natural light was great for the survival of the existing plant material and the addition of Stepables (ground covers). Our neighbor installed a row of Emerald Green Arborvitae along their property line to provide an evergreen backdrop for the Camp Creek Railroad. Plant materials, like grandchildren, do grow if they are fed properly. During the spring of 2012, the existing driveway was re-configured to allow for the expansion of the railroad. We now have two closed loops. We now have a double trestle bridge that allows both trains to pass one another side by side. All together we have 390 feet of track and two spurs. A 54″ tunnel was added made out of 10″ diameter drain pipe. Also Camp Creek was added.
Camp Creek is a work in progress and will always be just that. Thanks for coming by this year to see what we have been up to these past couple of years.

Open for tour on Friday, 30 August, 2019.
Handicapped accessible.

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Coeur D'Alene branch of the Northern Pacific

Coeur D’Alene branch of the Northern Pacific 
40


Engineer: Bill Derville
Scale: 1:24
Power: Battery, Remote Control


This 1925 layout loosely represents Northern Pacific’s Coeur d’Alene branch line to Wallace Idaho and the surrounding area, which is the richest silver mining area in the world. The railroad climbs a 2 percent grade up Canyon Creek through Gem to the town of Burke, ID. To keep the grade at only 2%, engineers had to drill 3 tunnels (totaling 90 feet) through the hard rock and cross the Canyon Creek (a 50 foot river with 200 gallons per minute of white water) to reach the mining town. The 10-track classification yard in Wallace is in the middle of the layout. It has a seven stall round house, engine servicing facilities, and an ice house. Leaving Wallace, the track passes through Mullan, ID, before climbing Lookout Pass on its way to Missoula, Montana. The climb to Lookout Pass is actually off the layout. After leaving Mullan, trains move into the staging yard in the train shed where equipment is stored. (When running trains for visitors, the trains will pass through this staging yard, and come out on the Nine Mile Creek branch, returning to the Wallace Yard in a large loop for continuous running). Four passing sidings are necessary to allow trains to pass in the opposite direction on this single track layout. A logging branch line begins in Burke and leads to a logging camp where the Heisler is turned on a wye before returning with its loaded log cars destined for the lumber mill at Gem. The layout was built for operations with a dispatcher, a yard master, freight cars with waybills, and a time table for a passenger train. The layout was started in 1997 and has about 800 feet of track with 60 turnouts on poured concrete roadbed.

Open for tour on Friday, 30 August, 2019.
A bathroom is available. Layout is handicapped accessible.

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Denver & Rio Grande Railroad

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad 
44


Owner: Kyle & Reba McLennan
Scale: F


This F-scale indoor railroad was originally designed and built by Tom Miller ( previous owner) in 2004, along with a large beautiful new building to accommodate it. Artists recreated actual models of the mountains and scenery for sections of the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad (Rio Grande) under steam power. The model scenery is detailed to look like the prototype. Lights in the building were installed so that the lighting can simulate a 24-hour day of daylight, evening, semi-darkness, and dawn. In the middle of the building, is a large viewing platform in order to better see the breathtaking effect of the F-scale railroad. The many details and dioramas are visually overwhelming.

Tom Miller, builder of this layout, will be on hand to greet visitors and answer questions.

Open for tour on Friday, 30 August, 2019.
Handicapped accessible.

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G&J Garden Railway

G&J Garden Railway 
42


Owners: Garry and Judy Jantzen


We built an elevated railway in an existing garden, working with existing trees and plants. It is an example of what can be done in a very small space with only about 200′ of track. It consists of two loops at either end connected by a single line track. The “Garden Loop” has a waterfall, trees, small river, bridges, village and a wye connected to the main line. The other end also has a wye, turntable and railway yard. Two engines, (Iuki) live steam 0-4-2 “Plantation” pulling Isle of Man prototype coaches and wagons. Thomas the Tank (battery power) pulls two coaches and occasional LGB wagons. Remote control for both the steamer and Thomas is via a spread spectrum 2.4 GHz analog controller using off-the-shelf (cheap!) airplane/car/boat components.

Open for tour on Friday, 30 August, 2019.
The garden is an accessible, flat, paved surface. No toilet facilities.

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Leupold Garten Bahn

Leupold Garten Bahn 
41


Owner: Werner Leupold


Our lay-out consists of 5 raised garden beds or islands, connected by bridges. One island is home to Hotel Leupold and the Serenity Garden. A small village and main train station are on another island. One island has rustic rental cabins as well as a tourist train ride — der Schwanzug. Wild Platz is home to dinosaurs and dragons. Our newest island is Weinacht Welt with Christmas displays and a trolley.
The time period of the lay-out is now and is located in a small part of Germany. It is a mixture of realism and whimsey. Some figures are human and some are not. Most trains are LGB and are track powered.

Open for tour on Friday, 30 August, 2019.
Due to lawn and uneven ground, our lay-out is not handicap accessible. A restroom is available.

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