Old Oakhurst Railroad ~1998
16 foot x 16 inch Layout on the side of a Garage
The Oakhurst Railroad is an HO scale model railroad running through the real
central Sierra town of
Oakhurst, the area is rich in logging and gold mining history and several railroads and
logging flumes operated nearby. My parents and brothers lived and worked in Oakhurst
and I spent many summers there. After about 20 years of planning and dreaming,
my son and I built the 16' by 16" Oakhurst Railroad in our garage in 1997-1998.
It was dismantled in 2004 when we moved. Many of the rock castings and some of the structures were salvaged and used on the new Oakhurst Railroad.
#1 MDC Climax "Oakhurst"
#2 MDC 2-Truck Shay "Coarsegold"
#3 MDC 3-Truck Shay "
#1-#8 MDC Shorty Flat Cars - used mostly as logging cars
#9 MDC Shorty Flat Car - built as a gondola car
#10 MDC Shorty Flat Car - kitbashed as a snow plow car
#11 MDC Log Car
#50 MDC Tank Car - kitbashed as a water firefighting car
#31 MDC Box Car - kitbashed from MDC refer car
IHC Drover Caboose
MDC Shorty Combine
MDC Shorty Coach
MDC Shorty Observation (NEW)
#99 Kadee Logging Caboose
#98 Logging Caboose - kitbashed to shorten Athern Caboose
To experience the "Oakhurst Railroad" in real life, I recommend a ride on the nearby Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.
Original 3-D clay model to visualize scenery.
Benchwork resembles a 16 foot ladder.
The higher level will be the logging and mining area.
Placement of cardboard strips.
Later covered with plaster cloth and rock castings.
Electrical blocks and switches.