How To Track Plan Database The Pickering & Sierra RR layout in multiple scales

The Pickering & Sierra RR layout in multiple scales

By Mitch Horner | May 9, 2024

This layout is modeled after the Sierra Nevada mountains between the 1920s and 1940s

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Name: Pickering & Sierra RR
Scale: HO (1:87.1), HOn3, dual gauge, and HOn21⁄2 (dummy)
Size: 20′-7″ x 23′-3″
Prototype: freelanced, inspired by Pickering Lumber Co. and Sierra Ry.
Locale: Sierra Nevada mountains
Era: 1920s to 1940s
Style: walk-in
Mainline run: 220 feet
Minimum radius: 17″ (logging)
Minimum turnout: No.4
Maximum grade: 4%
Benchwork: open grid
Height: 36″ to 57″
Roadbed: plywood and Homasote
Track: Shinohara code 83 (Sierra Ry.), code 70 (Pickering Lumber Co. and dual gauge)
Scenery: plaster over Styrofoam
Backdrop: commercial, photos, and hand-painted
Control: DC and Digitrax DCC

Pickering & Sierra RR layout: A model railroad track plan

2 thoughts on “The Pickering & Sierra RR layout in multiple scales

  1. Actually the title should read ” … Multiple GAUGES (emphasis added) … ” After all it is ALL HO *scale* ………….. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  2. KUDOS to the owner of the Pickering & Sierra RR!!! 👍👍👍
    It is really GREAT to see a railroad which is primarily one with actual switching opportunities and ONLY sufficient yard trackage to support the railroads operations. I am BORED with the track plans with “thousands of feet” in multiple yards and almost nothing to offer for any switching opportunities and challenges. Seem those railroads can only “operate” by hauling one long train from youe oversized yard to the next oversized yard. 😉 👍 😉 👍 😉

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