Southern Oregon Area 1 - Sunday, 1 September, 2019

Below is a listing of the layouts available for tour after 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
52
The EBW Milt Engelke Lebanon, OR
53
St. Mikley Falls Railroad Michael & Shirley Rainwater Springfield, OR
54
Serenity Valley Railroad Bryan & Esther Hanson Winston, OR
55
Shasta Pacific Railroad Rick & Pat Marty Merlin, OR
56
Rock Lizard River Line Michael & Marshan Leib Grants Pass, OR
57
Farmer’s Fantasy Earl Weiberg Medford, OR
58
Medford Railroad Park Medford Garden Railroaders Medford, OR
59
Stillwater Junction & Mimosa Falls R\R Dan & Kristine Merrill Medford, OR

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.


The EBW

The EBW 
52


Host: Milt Engelke


The EBW is named after the functional railroad of my childhood home in southern Wisconsin. My uncles assured me the initials meant Empty Both Ways.
It has been under construction since 2013 but running a railroad which is divided into multiple sections including:
A) an elevated multiple dog bone design with tunnels, bridges and trestles, with elevation changes, reverse loops and multidirectional track powered control system – Custom engineered with 20 power blocks and similar number of switches involving more than 120 relays. This section is designed for narrow gauge with the largest operational unit being a three-truck shay to date. Total track footage approximately 600 feet.
B) the second flatter section is a double cross over loop of approximately 800 feet with reverse capabilities also with 20 power blocks and multiple switches and sidings to accommodate large format 2 – 4 trains running simultaneously. Section includes tunnels and bridges These two sections are connected by a triple spiral with 2.5% grade. The power base is track; however, it will also accommodate battery and steam.
C) And as a special bonus we will have on display an operational mobile train setup (three separate tracks) with more than 1000 figures including circus mobiles, 1/24 automobile collection, motorcycles, a menagerie of features; all being mounted on an 8′ by 25′ trailer which is used frequently for fund raisers, birthday parties, local civic events and in general entertainment.

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, 8AM to 5PM.
Handicap accessible.

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Farmer’s Fantasy

Farmer’s Fantasy 
57


Host: Earl Weiberg


We offer a series of dioramas featuring Colorado narrow gauge around the 1940’s. Dozens of scratch built structures and over 2000 feet of elevated track make up this fantasy railroad. Locomotive and rolling stock are from Accucraft, Berlyn and Bachmann. There is an elevated live steam track with 2 main lines which will be in operation. Visitors can look forward to Colorado NG experience located on a 40 acre farm in a very relaxing setting.

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, 8AM to 5PM.
This layout will also be open 8AM to 5PM on Monday, 2 September.
And it will be open for tour from 8AM to 5PM on Saturday, 31 August, 2019.

Handicap accessible.

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Medford Railroad Park

Medford Railroad Park 
58


Owner: Medford Garden Railroaders (medfordgardenrailroaders.org)
Power: Track (remote control using Revolution Base stations) and Battery (RR Concepts modules)


We are located in the Medford Railroad Park (open 2nd and 4th Sundays 11 am to 3 pm April to October) that also includes the Medford Live Steamers (7.5 in gauge), Rouge Valley Model Railroad (HO gauge), and Southern Oregon chapter of Railroad Historical Society.

Our layout, started in 2008, consists of over 2000 feet of track on 4 mainlines using track power. Battery power is used to run 5 trollies, a logging train, and a cog rail line. The logging train uses two switch backs to go from the forest landing in the mountains to the saw mill. Passengers take a cog railway from a resort up to a gondola landing. The gondola then takes them up to the top of a Mesa for a great view and a bite to eat. We have three other areas where we have trains running, Thomas and Friends, Hogwarts, and the Zajac module. Thomas and Friends layout has 4 lines running on bridges over waterways and tunnels through the mountains. The Hogwarts layout is set up for older children to run using remote control and power packs are used on the Zajac module for the younger kids to operate. Peterson is a port with a busy wharf front, an industrial areas. The trains and trollies connect it to a ghost town, a Japanese garden, the city of Red Rock, and The Slate Creek resort. The scenery varies from desert, farmland, forests, and the canyons of Red Rock. Water features include a bay, log pond, 4 lakes, 6 streams and 9 waterfalls.

The club owns a 40 Ft box car which houses a small test layout, repair areas, and the power supplies. There are two enclosed areas that have about 450 feet of storage track for the rolling stock and 36 separate sidings for the engines, all accessible to the main layout track.

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, Noon to 5PM.
A bathroom is available and the layout is handicapped accessible.

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Rock Lizard River Line

Rock Lizard River Line 
56


Hosts: Michael & Marshan Leib
Engineer: Michael Leib


The RLRL is a point-to-point railroad operating between the mythical towns of Pferdl and Sedum, located in 1940 southern Oregon. The 300+ feet of track spans 75 feet of natural hillside, which includes a miniature forest and a water feature. The topography and vegetation change across the span.

Seven locomotives move passengers and freight across the scenic line. There are 70+ scratch built structures and buildings. Over 400 people & animal figures and 60+ vintage vehicles bring realism and charm to the RLRL.

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, Noon to 5PM.
My layout and home are not wheelchair friendly. However, with my guidance a person with a walker or cane would have access ( I have done this on many occasions, since I open my railroad to numerous groups, neighbors and friends.) I will also permit the use of our bathroom.

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Serenity Valley Railroad

Serenity Valley Railroad 
54


Hosts: Bryan and Esther Hanson
Scale: 1:29


The Serenity Valley Railroad is a 1:29 scale continuous loop railway that has over 300′ of mainline track. Construction began in 2016 with a flat section of yard and has become a 30′ X 40′ raised bed railway that features 2 tunnels, a trestle, a waterfall and stream. The bridges and buildings are scratch-built recreations of structures that are located in the Pacific Northwest. The Union Pacific Alco PA is battery powered and pulls both passenger and freight cars to several destinations around the layout.

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, 8AM to 5PM.
Handicap accessible.

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Shasta Pacific Railroad

Shasta Pacific Railroad 
55


Hosts: Rick & Pat Marty
Power: Battery (dead rail)
Track: ~450′


The Shasta Pacific Railroad and the South Fork Timber Co. are narrow gauge operations running through the Coast Range Mountains of far Northern California. This 1:20 scale, point to point table top outdoor model railroad is derived from an actual 1908 survey to build a railroad from Redding, CA to Humboldt Bay on the coast.
Locked forever in 1939 the railroad is still busy with lots of freight, cattle and timber movement but passenger traffic now is easily handled by a couple of combines and a few rail trucks. Traffic movement is from the Yards in Redding, where it interchanges with the Southern Pacific, to Canyon Creek then up the mountain to Hyampom where a lot of timber company switching takes place. Then down the West side of the coast range to an interchange with the Northwestern Pacific at Fields Landing.
We are dead rail so all locomotives and rail trucks are battery powered and radio controlled for walk along and hands on switching. All locomotives are Bachmann and rolling stock is a mix of Bachmann, Accucraft, and scratch built. We are currently operating on approximately 450 feet of track with about that much yet to build.

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, 8AM to 5PM.
The RR is not handicap accessible.

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St. Mikley Falls Railroad

St. Mikley Falls Railroad 
53


Owners: Michael & Shirley Rainwater


The original St. Mikley Falls Railroad was built in California in 1982. Since then, it has moved three times and now rests in its final location. The layout consists of 900 feet of track and switches. Of the 900 feet of track, 400 feet rest on several trestles. The longest of these trestles is 130 feet in length and rises from the ground level to five feet in the air. In other words, in real life, a trestle with a height of 100 feet. Many trestles in the California Sierra measured this height. There are two ten-foot tunnels made from 16 inch pvc pipe. The town consists of 28 buildings of which 20 of those were custom built by the owner. The population of St. Mikley Falls is over 200 individual characters. The time era is that of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s with strictly steam running locomotives. Landscape is made up of dwarf, miniature, and some standard size plants. There are large areas of ground cover including mint, wooly thyme, lime thyme, sedum, and bird’s-foot trefoil.

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, 8AM to 5PM.
Layout accessible to small width wheelchairs.

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Stillwater Junction & Mimosa Falls R\R

Stillwater Junction & Mimosa Falls R\R 
59


Owners: Dan & Kristine Merrill


Water and Trains!

Welcome to the Stillwater Junction & Mimosa Falls R\R! Eleven large friendly Koi greet visitors as you meander along a cobblestone pathway toward over 450′ of mainline and seven cascading waterfalls. An inviting gazebo offers a place to relax and observe a freight consist pulling the grade at Granite Springs or the Mimosa Falls short line as it carries tourists over the trestle at Magnolia Gap. Don’t wake the bear!

This 285′ mainline also traverses rock gardens with miniaturized Japanese Maples & Spruces, ornamental grasses, colorful annuals, and groundcovers. It also passes an active volcano and the zoo at Silverstone Flatts.

Another 165′ mainline connects the little town of Stillwater Junction to the automated Emerald Creek Mine via a helix that loops around the Circle S&B Ranch. The trains return to the Stillwater Engine House through the outdoor kitchen. Please pull up a chair and set awhile!

Open for tour on Sunday, 1 September, 2019, Noon to 5PM.
This layout is completely wheel chair accessable!

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