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SP Modoc Line Columbia Branch

The Modoc Line Columbia Branch

I hope this will become a build thread for my new project, The SP Modoc Line Columbia Branch. The old layout was to be connected to the walls. I could not justifying the time and money that would be required to finish a project that would have to be torn out when I move. I also wanted to use wider radius and NO hidden trackage. The old layouts track board framing will be moved to the center of the room and reused.

In 1927 the Southern Pacific took control of the Nevada California and Oregon railroad that ran between Lakeview Oregon and Reno Nevada. Their intention was to build a connection between Alturas California and Klamath Falls Oregon. This indeed happened in 1929. They also intended to extend the line north from Lakeview toward the Columbia River in Oregon. This never happened. But I intend to model a portion of that line as if SP had built it.

My original plan was to model the SP Modoc line itself. That plan would have required space for two wyes to turn helper engines. Moving the modeled area to central eastern Oregon and limiting the actual track age modeled would allow me to turn the helpers “Off Board”. I still maintained the theme of the main Modoc Line… steep grades, heavy slow trains.

Min rad 16”
Max Grade 2.5%
Passing tracks (3) apx 60 inches, allowing (2) AC12s and 12 cars.
Operation: (2) heavy freight operating in opposite directions.
(1) intermediate log train.
-- Local switching in Black Horse.
No signals.. the Modoc Line was Dark and ran on train orders and time tables.
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