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The HO scale layout was designed and built to represent a trip through Santa Cruz County in the first half of the 20th Century. More specifically between the late 1920s and the late 1950s. As you tour our layout, you will notice various landmarks that appear thoughout the County to mark the progression of the rails between Watsonville Junction and the end of our modeled portion of track at Olympia. Take a tour of our layout by clicking on the picture links below.

This layout features about 1000 feet of track, Custom built Bridges that replicate the real bridge located in that town, 3 rivers, The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Felton Saw Mill and much much more.

The layout is ran with Digitrax DCC system allowing us as many trains as we would like at any speed and direction.

Steam loco's wating to be assigned a train.

Watsonville yard full of cars to be picked up.

Watsonville Yard airplain view.

Watsonville full view

Aptos View.

BNSF 9249 & BN 6232 pulling long 43 rock cars over Capitola Bridge.

SP 8504 & SP 7959 rumble over the Capitola trestle bound for Santa Cruz with a tail of lumber bound for Felton.

SP 8504 rolls off the Capitola Testle as it approaches Seabright.

BNSF 9249 & BN 6232 pulling 6 box, and 35 rock cars through Seabright.

Here is a helicopter view of Capitola Village featuring the road bridge that was recently added. Both bridges were built by Harold Hastings.

SP 8504 and company roll across the San Lorenzo River bridge near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The old Union Ice plant at Santa Cruz Yard.

Big Trees and Pacific CF7 heads light engine up Chestnut Street after interchanging cars to the SP at Santa Cruz.

A GE 25 ton switcher waits out the arrival and departure of B.T.&P. 2600 and SP 8504 before going back to work. The location is Sashmill at mile post 121 (from san Francisco).

At long last the 8504 passes through Sashmill. Now the crew on the 3853 can go back to work.

The new Sashmill under reconstruction

San Lorenzo Canyon bridge.

At long last the 8504 lugs its train into Felton. Soon the loads will be spotted, the empties pulled and the train will be reassembled for the trip back to Watsonville.

Edge of Felton before the sand plant.

The Sand Plant

The Sand Plant building.

Lumber Camp #1.

Old Capitola.

SP 4242 in Watsonville 1942.



Page Updated 8/7/11