Based high up in the Sierra Nevada, California it’s the summer of 1959. The Southern Pacific still bring trains of holidaymakers up from Fresno to Lakeside. The branch line has only been owned by the SP since 1933 and they have re-equipped it after the war with second-hand stock to keep costs low, much of which still awaits a repaint.

The Big Creek Lumber Co has trackage rights over the branch line so expect to see some of the strange looking Shay type steam locomotives. The track plan at Lakeside bears a passing resemblance to El Portel on the Yosemite Valley RR. Track is PECO Code 70 with stock a mixture of kit built and ready to run. The depot is based on an American Model Builders kit and has a scratchbuilt detailed interior. The trestle on the logging line has been constructed by my daughter (with help from Dad!) as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award project. The layout is not complete, but completion is a never-ending quest so please be patient and see what has happened by its next public outing.

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