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My N scale Richmond Pacific Rail Corp. Layout.

April 15, 2008

The Real Richmond Pacific Rail Coporation is located in Richmond, California and mostly serves the Levin Terminal, which is essentially the Port of Richmond. It used to be known as the Levin Terminal Railway. They operate a fleet of SW1200’s and other EMD end-cab switchers of 1950’s vintage. Another major feature of this railroad is that they still have a fully-operational caboose that they use everyday. It’s no “shoving platform” like the BNSF’s fading collection of cabeese. They serve a suprisingly diverse pleathorea of industries on less than 10 miles of impressive industrial trackage.

 The only photo I’ve had a chance to take of the local at the UP interchange, where the RPRC and UP exchange cars on a WYE, two legs of which are built as curved bridges over the I-880.

This layout is intended to be an exercise in prototype modeling, made more difficult by the fact that it’s in N scale. I’ll be attempting to keep in the present, which may prove difficult.

The Purpose of this layout was to try out blue foam insulation as a scenery base. Out in California, it’s EXTREMELY hard to get your hands on this stuff, if you can you pay king’s ransom for it. A guy came to our Club a few months ago and gave us a ton of this stuff and he let me have half for lugging it into the depot.

The plan below shows the upside-down “U” track plan serving a oil products warehouse, a lumberyard, a cold storage warehouse, and the docks where aggregate, sand and other commodities are shipped. The runaround on the right is part of the engine servicing facility, and the line at the top is the UP interchange. Although this is a severly compressed version of the actual railroad, it captures most of the interesting disguishing features.

Each square represents 12″ the layout is obviously 2’X4′ feet.

There’s a barge and tug in the Harbor there the lumberyard is the spur in the upper left, where the red/brown squiggles denote the area for the yard. The Brown dock at the bottom left will recieve sand and gravel.

Trackwork went by in an evening, I managed to dig out my Micro-Machines to act as stand-ins until I replace them with much nicer vehicles soon.

The colored Blocks are also stand-ins until I buy or scratchbuild replacements for them. A frame for a crane is in the lower left.

More Progress as it unfolds, but I can’t seem to find a good, affordable hot wire cutter to carve out my harbor! Any suggestions as to where I could find one would be helpful.   

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian permalink
    April 15, 2008 6:12 am

    So you wont be able to run the runs at all? I mean..its not a complete circut.

  2. April 15, 2008 8:23 am

    It was designed specifically as a switching layout and scenic experiment, to see if I really want to go into N scale at all. I’ll still be giving my little SW-1200 a workout, but it’ll be switching out cars instead of going in endless circles.

  3. Bruce Ames permalink
    November 13, 2013 2:54 am

    I THINK YOU NAILED IT. LOOKS VERY USEFUL AND RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE SAME KIND OF DESIGN. FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF SPACE REQUIREMENTS. GREAT JOB!! MIND IF I TAKE NOTES. THANKS VERY MUCH. NOW ALL I NEED IS ANOTHER SMALL SWITCHER. AGAIN THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION .

  4. Bruce Ames permalink
    November 13, 2013 3:03 am

    Try Michaels.

  5. Andrew permalink
    September 22, 2016 2:56 pm

    Wondering if u have made any progress with this idea? Looks interesting and might play with the idea. Thanks

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