Known Inaccuracies


Where to start?

    On the Minnesota layout the most obvious is that Santa Margarita is double mirrored-meaning the south end of the town is now on the north and vice versa.  East and west are also swapped.  I did that to make it possible to see the fronts of the stores.  The north-south swap makes the pictures look right.  In other words, the hardware store is to the right of the restaurant whose name may be all wrong.  I do remember it as being German food though in the mid-fifties.  The drug store is named after my daughter who helped put it together.  Update.  There was a German restaurant of that name in Santa Margarita but it was in a different building.   The double Quonset hut was, and still is, the Rainbow Hut and and it was a pool hall in those days.

    The Southern Pacific high fan F3s had gone east well before this period but I wanted some of those new Athearn Genesis engines when they first came out so I got them and kept them-then my daughter and son-in-law gave me another and it had to stay on the layout.

    The bridge over the Salinas is a model of a SP bridge located elsewhere.  I think where the track did cross the Salinas was flatter and more open than on my layout but it was the only good place to use the bridge so there it is.

    My Starlight passenger train is going to be wrong for '57.  It will more closely resemble the '56 or maybe even '55 consist.

    The sugar beet gondolas have high sides-these weren't put on until sometime later in their career.  I didn't know that when I built the fleet of cars, Tony Thompson's book on Gondolas wasn't out yet, in fact, I don't think there was even an Espee mail list to ask when I built those cars.

Errors associated with the RDC project are listed on the main page.

This consist is known as the "oh no" consist.  It has 6451, an Intermountain FP7 in the lead, followed by a Bachman F7B, and an old Atlas FP7 bringing up the rear.  There are lots of well documented problems with each of these models.  And to make matters worse, they are pulling a train of Athearn baggage cars and a coach-none of which are accurate.

The TOFC cars shown on the 07-08 page have some errors which are noted on that page

More as I think of them.

If you noticed an error you think should be added to this list, click here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jim Pattison