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Please enjoy our Club Members' Railroads shared with us over the years. 

Camp Creek Railroad

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.

Handicapped accessible.

Cedar Grove Railway

Engineer: Doug Watson
Scale: 1:29
Power: Track

Situated in a grove of five large cedar trees, Cedar Grove Railway gets its name from the small town and environs displayed on the layout.
Cedar Grove is a fictional small community situated in the Canadian Rockies on the Canadian Pacific mainline during the transition from steam to diesel power.
It was a railroad town and a center for three local industries, namely grain, lumber and canning and was known for freight trains specializing in serving those industries. In addition, its location on the mainline made possible a much more regular and prestigious passenger service than its small size would warrant, including the transcontinental “Canadian”.
Cedar Grove Railway has about five hundred feet of stainless steel track laid in a manner that allows trains to pass and to cross over each other. The layout is track powered with separately controlled blocks, with power supplied through a 25 amp power unit, sufficient to run three long trains at once. Construction began in September 2005.

Handicap accessible.

Chicago & Far Western Railroad 

Engineer: Jay Burke
Power: Battery

The Chicago and Far Western Railroad (C. & F.W. Railroad) nestled in the foothills of a great mountain it is the lifeblood of the two communities it serves. The railroad crosses waterfalls, canyons and through farms. The trains are controlled via Radio controls by individual operators. The tracks carry both Passenger and Freight and all engines are battery powered.

The layout is handicap friendly in a large backyard in Vancouver.

Coeur D'Alene Branch of the Northern Pacific 

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.

A bathroom is available. Layout is handicapped accessible.

Crooked River Railroad

Engineers: Alan and Nola Olson
Power: Track

What can you do with a small railroad? Lots! This 17 ft. X 55 ft. dogbone layout is packed with 2 mountains, hills, a waterfall, pond, river and lake. Set in the 1890’s Old West, the Crooked River Railroad with its 200 ft. of track, yard and spurs uses battery and track power as it services the town of Mapleton, a mine, farm, flour mill and lumber mill. Filled with deciduous and evergreen trees — some are dwarf, some miniature and some Not — but all are kept in scale by the use of Bonsai techniques. Over 150 people and animals (some home-made with Sculpey) are set in vignettes that delight the eye and bring the railroad to life. Our favorite comments? One woman said, “I want to live there.” An arborist exclaimed, “Now, that’s landscaping!” And a TV cameraman said, “The more you look, the more there is to see.”.

Handicapped access is limited. No wheelchair access.

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