South Seattle Area - Monday, 26 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
10
Squak Mountain Railroad Mike & Peggy Phillips Issaquah, WA
11
Pepper Run Railroad Chuck & Sharon Carlson Federal Way, WA
12
Sunset Valley Railroad Pete Comley Bonney Lake, WA
13
South Hill Railroad Barry DiGuilio Puyallup, WA
14
Bismark & Hilldale RR Ed and Rose Mattison Tacoma, WA
15
Sierra Cascade & Pacific Railroad Paul & Mary Burch Gig Harbor, WA
16
Sunny Bay Railroad Bill & Kathy Thurston Gig Harbor, 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.


Bismark & Hilldale RR

Bismark & Hilldale RR 
14


Engineer: Ed and Rose Mattison
Power: Battery


The Bismark & Hilldale Railroad is a Victorian style narrow gauge railroad that kept its charm through WWI. Here you have a chance to see 4-4-0 locomotives pulling wooden rolling stock. The Bismark & Hilldale lumber operations are handled by the Tacoma Lumber Company where the uses of geared locomotives are used to haul lumber out of the woods. This railroad is a combination of 1:22.5 and 1:20.3 scales. There are two ponds the railroad navigates around and a small town at one end. There are a few plantings here and there. If you’re lucky and it’s in bloom when you’re here there is a flower that smells like chocolate.

Open for tour on Monday, 26 August, 2019, 10AM to 4PM.
Handicapped access is limited.

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Pepper Run Railroad

Pepper Run Railroad (named after our dog Pepper) 
11


Engineer: Chuck Carlson
Landscaper: Sharon Carlson
Scale: 1:29
Power: Battery
Switches: 22 pnuematic, 4 electric, 10 manual
Main line: 544 ft.
Line: Southern Pacific


As the train leaves the Barn crossing a 40” steel truss bridge, it descends 3 degrees on 50 feet of trestles to the main section crossing a small bridge that passes by a Saw Mill & RV park. Continuing around trees until it climbs to another steel truss bridge and then descends by the “5 o’clock Somewhere Town” (beer & wine garden below) into a tunnel that brings it out to a train station on the left and the brewery on the right. Your train continues under the bridge to the yard area where one line passes a soccer field and a winery before entering another town. Further down the line is Aunt Bee’s Farm, ESSO refinery and old town before climbing on trestles to a mountain top to the mining building. Then across a water fall in a 4 foot covered wooden bridge descending to Sam’s farm and through another tunnel reversing your direction to head back up to the barn where you enter through the back of the barn on the main line. The barn houses four tracks of yard for staging trains.

Open for tour on Monday, 26 August, 2019, 9AM to 4PM.
Not handicap accessible.

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Sierra Cascade & Pacific Railroad

Sierra Cascade & Pacific Railroad 
15


Engineers: Paul & Mary Burch
Track: Code 250
Power: Battery (Airwire)


The SC&P is a fictitious railroad set in the dry Southwest, and is wholly owned by Southern Pacific. Designed as a single track main with passing sidings, the railroad also has plenty of industrial track for switching. The roster includes first generation to modern diesel and steam operation with some custom models. All locomotives have been detailed to represent a specific prototype. The layout is in its fourteenth year of operation.

Open for tour on Monday, 26 August, 2019, 10AM to 4PM.
Handicapped Accessible.

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South Hill Railroad

South Hill Railroad 
13


Engineer: Barry DiGuilio
Power: Battery


South Hill Railroad is a fictional railroad with 500 feet of stainless steel track, that runs around a 30ft. x 76ft. layout where you can walk inside and around the area. I started my railroad in 2005 after seeing a friend's railroad. Bringing in tons of pickup loads of dirt to level out the area as well as concrete block to form the area around the layout. The time period for my railroad is about the time Burlington Northern merged to make the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The train travels around a down town area, around evergreen trees and plants. Passes a grain mill with its large yard, oil refilling stations and a small industrial area.
I will also be showing a train honoring all branches of the military, POW, Wounded Warrior, Nursing Corps, pulled by a redecorated Burlington Northern Locomotive “1991” to honor Desert Storm.

Open for tour on Monday, 26 August, 2019, 10AM to 4PM.
Handicap accessible.

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Squak Mountain Railroad

Squak Mountain Railroad 
10


Engineer: Mike Phillips
Conductor: Peggy Phillips
Track: 850′ (and growing)


The Squak Mountain Railroad was established in 2008 and is loosely tied to the logging and mining that once took place here on Squak Mt just outside of Issaquah, WA. In mid-2010 the railroad was mothballed for several years for the war effort and was put back into service in the spring of 2014. The layout currently consists of a folded loop main line with a few passing sidings, a wye, several industry spurs and a four track yard with connecting loop for continuous running, with the goal of expanding the layout for operating sessions. Most of the 850+ feet of .332 track is elevated and was built using the ladder roadbed technique. The road currently has 40 turnouts with various pneumatic, electric and manual throw mechanisms. Turns were planned with a 10′ minimum diameter (with the exception of 8′ turns in the shop) and a maximum grade of approximately 2%. Recent completion (spring 2019) of the 12′ x 14′ Squak Mountain train shop provides 250′ of on-rail storage/switching on two separate levels. A major expansion of the railway is currently underway to connect both levels of the shop to the existing railway and add several more industries along the way. Motive power includes four Shays, two 2-8-0’s and a 4-4-0, all of which are battery powered.

Open for tour on Monday, 26 August, 2019, 9AM to 4PM.
Our driveway is rather steep and handicapped access is limited. No wheelchair access.

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Sunny Bay Railroad

Sunny Bay Railroad 
16


Engineer: Bill Thurston
Conductor: Kathy Thurston
Scale: 1:20.3
Main lines: 800 ft.
Power: Battery


The Sunny Bay Railroad is a 1930’s era narrow gauge railroad situated in the Pacific Northwest coastal foothills. Paths provide vantage points to watch the trains as they cross over 4 streams, pass by waterfalls, and wind their way through both native and imported miniature trees and shrubs. Scratch-built structures include a logging operation, two sawmills, lumber yards, numerous bridges, trestles, a national park type lodge, and several town and farm buildings that help create an authentic looking railroad. The SBRR operates passenger, freight, mining, and logging service using r/c battery powered locomotives on approximately 800 feet of track.

Open for tour on Monday, 26 August, 2019, 9AM to 4PM.
The layout is reached from the street by crossing about 100 feet over our gently sloping lawn. There is plenty of on-street parking. Please do not park on lawns, or block any driveways.

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Sunset Valley Railroad

Sunset Valley Railroad 
12


Engineer: Pete Comley
Power: Steam & Battery


This is the home of the Sunset Valley Railroad business. The garden layout covers a half acre and has O gauge, G gauge, 3 ½” gauge and 7 ½” gauge tracks. The main G gauge track is about 700 ft long with large 50-60 ft diameter curves for a realistic look of the trains while running, and there are several passing loops and sidings. It features a 30 ft long curved stone viaduct, a 20ft arch bridge with views of Mt Rainier behind, a small English village with its station, a canal and wharf etc. The main circuit is primarily for live steam running of long trains, a smaller circuit is for large scale, O gauge, wind up locos and other interesting trains. There is a Jolly Trolley for 3 people that runs on 300 ft of 7 ½” track, and a 500 ft track for 3 ½” enthusiasts. Visitors should expect to see English and US live steam trains storming at speed around the layout.

Open for tour on Monday, 26 August, 2019, 10AM to 4PM.
Handicapped accessible.

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