An On30 Narrow Gauge Railroad based on the Turn of the Century California Narrow Gauge Empires like the Pacific Coast Railway, South Pacific Coast, North Pacific Coast, Paul Scoles's Pelican Bay Rwy. and Navigation Co. and Boone Morrison's North Coast Narrow Gauge Line. Hauling stone, sugar beets and the newly discovered black gold of the early California oil boom. An "Air Line" to relieve Central California of suffocation by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
I was inpired by the excellent Kenneth E. Westcott & Curtiss  H. Johnson's book
The Pacific Coast Railway - Central California's Premier Narrow Gauge
By  Benchmark Publications, Ltd
Representing the New Age of On30, 1/4"/ft narrow gauge for Everyone
This is the preliminary track plan for the future Pacific Coast Air Line. Hopefully, it will fill my 25 X 53 basement. The present 4x8 layout under construction is to develop techniques for the future. Hopefully, as I build I can share construction failures and successes.
The Dream Layout
Click here to go to the Broadway Limitied C-16 Page, photos of conversions, derailing prevention, front coupler mounting and other articles
Click here to go to the Bachmann Mogul page, put DCC in the Mogul, photos of conversions.
Click here for articles to build a 4x8 On30 Layout
Click on Plan to Enlarge Image
This is the present Pacific Coast Air Line Railway. It is a beginner's level 4x8 On30 layout. The website is presenting construction articles as the layout progresses. Hopefully it will inspire others to jump in and build a layout. It is my first On30 layout and my first attempt at scenery.
The Old On30 Layout
Motive Power
Freight Cars
Click here to lower those freight cars and put correct couplers on them.
Structures and Buildings
Click Here to Weather Wood and Styrene to Look Like Real Wood
Articles include:
Making rushing water
Ceiling tile Rocks
Faux fur grass
Back drops
Ferns
Trestle
Trackplanning
Prototype Operating on a 4x8 Layout
Click here for the first operating session on our 4x8 On30 Layout.
Click here to go to the Bachmann Outside Frame 2-8-0 Page including installing a Soundtraxx Tsunami
Click Here to make Realistic Tarpaper from Pastel Paper
Click here to improve the appearance of the Bachmann On30 coupler box
Click here to Remove Lettering from Bachmann On30 Freight cars
Click here to Decal Bachmann On30 Freight cars
Click here to Weather Bachmann On30 Flatcar Decks
Passenger Cars
Click here to Remove Lettering from Bachmann On30 Passenger Cars
Click here to put better couplers on Bachmann cars
Click here for our OPERATIONAL link and pin coupling system
Click here to go to the Bachmann On30 4-4-0 Page
Click here to go to the Bachmann Outside Frame
 4-4-0 page

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hminky@yahoo.com
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pcal
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