Strawberry Fields GRR

Hiding under a Wisconsin winter and some plant growth is the track for a small garden railroad.  The summer of 2017 is the planned time for the railroad to come alive.  It is a small pike so the prototype footprint it covers needs to be small.

A few years back, my wife Chari treated me to a San Francisco trip where we traced the North Pacific Coast line from Sausalito to Cazadero.  Along the way we passed through Occidental, a cute little town today with no trace of the railroad that once served the community.

Just to the West of Occidental is Sturgeons sawmill, an operating steam sawmill that is now a live museum.  Sturgeons was never served by rail.  But it could have been.  So the town of Occidental and a branch line to Sturgeons sawmill could certainly occupy the area currently devoted to the garden railroad.  I have no intention of being prototypically accurate with either the town, the branch line to Sturgeons, or the engines and rolling stock serving the interchange.

We plan to run both live steam and radio controlled battery powered DCC locomotives using primarily air wire components.  The problem with the existing garden railroad is that it is all at ground level, which is less than ideal for live steam.  I have some ideas on how to solve this problem as the level of the ground falls off once the edge of the bed containing the railroad area is passed.  So a trestle could be built that would allow live steam engines to be staged, fueled, etc.

In a series of posts I will document:

  • The rolling stock that will operate on the railroad.
  • Construction logs for any additional rolling stock.
  • The work required to bring this railroad on line.

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