© 2017 by Jim Pattison

About

This web page is to share my modeling of the Southern

Pacific’s Coast Line.  The layout is set in the mid 1950s. 

Nominally 1957 but only nominally.  See the Known Errors

Page for some of the known things that don’t fit.  Given the

constraint of space I have chosen to build my layouts around

various scenes or sections of the railroad.  Current work is

found under 2017 in the bar above.  Older work is shown by

year uner the Layout History to the left.

Currently there are four main scenes (pictured below) Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Salinas Valley (or maybe it will be the Ventura area), and Gaviota Beach. Santa Margarita was chosen because I lived there in 1956-57.  The main thing the Southern Pacific did in Santa Margarita was add helpers to trains (or take them off) to assist them over the mountain between Santa Margarita and San Luis Obispo.  Since I add helpers in Santa Margarita I need to remove them in San Luis Obispo which is why that is on the layout. Gaviota is on the layout because my wife and I are volunteer hosts at the State Park there in the winter.  I thought building a model of the trestle would be a fun thing and it was. The final scene is in because one of the big industries supported by the railroad in those days was the transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables via refrigerated cars.  This scene allows for a bunch of packing houses, ice plants and sidings. Current work will be found by clicking on the 2017 link above.  Historical work will be found in the side bar to the left. Most pictures will enlarge when you click on them. Jim Pattison
Southern Pacific Coast Line Scenes
Santa Margarita
Salinas/Ventura
Gaviota
San Luis Obispo Still under construction.  See the 2017 page.
vista photos
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About

This web page is to share my modeling of the Southern Pacific’s Coast

Line.  The layout is set in the mid 1950s.  Nominally 1957 but only

nominally.  See the Known Errors Page for some of the known things

that don’t fit.  Given the constraint of space I have chosen to build my

layouts around various scenes or sections of the railroad.  Current work

is found under 2017 in the bar above.  Older work is shown by year uner

the Layout History to the left.

Currently there are four main scenes (pictured below) Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Salinas Valley (or maybe it will be the Ventura area), and Gaviota Beach. Santa Margarita was chosen because I lived there in 1956-57.  The main thing the Southern Pacific did in Santa Margarita was add helpers to trains (or take them off) to assist them over the mountain between Santa Margarita and San Luis Obispo.  Since I add helpers in Santa Margarita I need to remove them in San Luis Obispo which is why that is on the layout. Gaviota is on the layout because my wife and I are volunteer hosts at the State Park there in the winter.  I thought building a model of the trestle would be a fun thing and it was. The final scene is in because one of the big industries supported by the railroad in those days was the transportation of fresh fruit and vegetables via refrigerated cars.  This scene allows for a bunch of packing houses, ice plants and sidings. Current work will be found by clicking on the 2017 link above.  Historical work will be found in the side bar to the left. Most pictures will enlarge when you click on them. Jim Pattison
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