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Northern California Narrow Gaugers On30 Sectional Layout

November 18, 2009

The highlight of all the layout displays I saw at the recent 2009 Roseville “International Railfair” (medium sized model train show, don’t get too excited) was the Northern California Narrow Gaugers On30 Sectional Layout. This beautifully detailed layout features craftsman-level modeling and some excellent structures and weathering.
To see some photos of the layout from a few weeks previous at the Concord hobbyshop show, look here.

I talked to Dave Silvernail, a self-described greenhorn to the club. He built this impressive little class A climax from a backwoods miniatures kit.

Class A climax model

Here’s a view entering the major town on the 8X16 layout.
NCNG on30

Powell's General Store

crossbucks in On30

The On30 Mine

Steep muddy road in On30

The detail on most of the modules is fascinatingly meticulous.

On30 Engine house

Water and Oil towers in On30

Looking down the track On30

There are plenty of great miniscenes, and the orientation of the structures on the modules add interest as well.

By the River On30

Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge #9 4-6-0 in On30

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard Slingerland permalink
    February 24, 2011 6:50 am

    I love the detail that looks like it belongs. The people are placed very well and the overall effect takes one back to a frozen moment in time. Living in the north west surrounded by large forests I model the desert! Seeing these shots of your layout I almost wanted to add trees to mine, but will stick with my cactus.
    Well done! Thanks for the pictures, I’m inspired again.

  2. Marc Pryor permalink
    January 9, 2013 4:15 am

    The Climax No. 16, flatcar and caboose are not Dave Silvernail’s. They are mine, and are Cache Creek On30 kits. The Climax uses a Bachman HO Ballast car as the donor mechanism. Thank you. Marc Pryor

  3. Marc Pryor permalink
    January 9, 2013 4:18 am

    And the module was mine, too. I featured a tugboat and barge (float). The tugboat can be seen to the rear. It is a “Hawk” kit from Deerfield River Laser. The module has been “retired” to the big layout in the sky. Thank you, again. Marc Pryor

  4. eric permalink
    October 6, 2013 1:44 am

    I was at the Colfax Railroad days today and saw this layout in the Community Center. The detail is AMAZING.

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