Mark Bridgwater's Feather River Route (N)

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Contact Information
Mark Bridgwater
5000 Lazarian Ct.
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
470-334-5525
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Yes
Accessibility Note: 
Yes, 32” clearance ground level basement door, access across grass from adjacent sidewalk .

Layout Tour Dates

Sunday, November 11, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Scale

N

Size

50’ x 16’

Prototype

Union Pacific

Locale

Feather River Canyon, CA

Era

Modern

Style

Double deck, around the walls

Len. of Mainline

400+’

Layout Height

40” and 58”

Benchwork

1x2 and 1x4 box grid

Roadbed

Cork and Homasote over plywood

Trackwork

Atlas code 55

Turnouts

#10 mainline, #7 and #5 yards and spurs

Min. Radius

20”

Maximum Grade

2.4% to connect levels, otherwise mostly flat

Scenery

75% complete, plaster cloth over cardboard strip webbing plus plaster in rubber rock molds

Backdrop

Painted Masonite

Controls

Smartphone WiFi throttles interfaced to Digitrax Loconet, with JMRI software running on a Raspberry Pi board. Full signaling currently being installed and integrated with detection.

Wheelchair Accessible

Yes, 32” clearance ground level basement door, access across grass from adjacent sidewalk.

 The Feather River Route is a modern Union Pacific Class 1 railroad running from the San Francisco Bay Area across California’s fertile Central Valley then up the Feather River Canyon, cutting through the west slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, to the crew change point at Portola, CA. BNSF trains use trackage rights from Stockton to the famous Keddie Wye bridge where it diverts north across the former Western Pacific Inside Gateway line. The modeled portion covers over 300 prototype miles in 400′ of actual mainline, connecting two visible staging yards. The lower level includes much of the industrial switching and the classification/division point yard at Stockton, while the upper level enjoys more railfanning of long trains through mountain scenery. Operating sessions run approximately 20 revenue trains including through unit trains, 2-4 locals, mixed merchandise with car block pick ups and set outs, plus the occasional historical excursion trains such as the famous F-unit-led California Zephyr.

Directions 

FROM HOLCOLM BRIDGE & SPALDING DR:

Head west on Spalding to Nesbit Ferry. Turn right and second left is Lazarian Court. My house is on the NW corner of Lazarian Ct. and Nesbit Ferry, behind the subdivision entry monument. Please park on one side of the street with the other cars due to narrowness and respect to my neighbors. Layout room entrance is down the outside steps to the left of the home, across the grass and into the rear basement door.