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Small trestle building
Ceiling tile Rockfaces
Simple paver sand ground cover
Why there was no water in the creek?
The old On30 Pacific Coast Air Line was based on the On30 railroad trackplan in the  "2002 Model Railroad Planning" by Kalmbach Publishing. The major feature of the On30 track plan was the adaptation of the loads in/out. The spur was set up as a rock quarry to a rock crusher like the  rock crusher in the November/December 1957 Model Railroader. The layout was torn down in 2008.
Click here for Atlas Snaptrack Planning and Bench Construction including a discussion of the use of Computer Aided Design in Trackplanning. Includes the layout trackplan.
Backdrop adventures
Fix that bad track
Improve the electrical flow in Atlas switches
Click here to Build a Small Stream Spanner
Click here to make Ceiling Tile
Rock Faces

Why the Stream was Dry? Click here for methods of Making water that don't work
Click here to Make a Rushing Stream
Click here for Painting Backdrops
Click here to Fix that Bad Track and Keep the Trains Running
Click here to Improve Atlas Code 100 Turnouts Electrical Flow
Click here to use Inexpensive Gravel Ground Cover and Hydrocal Subs
Click to Make Dynamite lines in Rockfaces
Click here Add Dynamite Lines to Rock Formations
Click here to Visit the Pacific Coast Air Line Railway Main Page For More Construction Articles
Click here to Wire the layout for DCC
Click here Weather Atlas Code 100 Track and make plastic look like wood
Click here to Add Directional Lighting for the sunlight effect
Click here to Make faux fur grass & Bushes
Click here to discuss optimizing in a 10x11 room. You build a fully operational  layout in a room that size.
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Click here to Make Realistic Ferns from Feathers
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Click here for more making rocks with ceiling tiles
Click here to make thin strata sedimentary rocks from cork sheet
Click here to make a small run off pond
Click here to make dirt horse roads
Click here to make western brush
Click here to make prickly pear cactus
Click here to make an eroded field
Click here to make a pond from a cardboard party balloon
Click here to Rebuild the North End
A complete Index of Articles on the transformation

Click here to Improve Electrical Continuity in Atlas Code 83 Switches
Click here to Make Realistic Bushes
Layout Construction
Click here to for Terraforming
Click here to make plaster look like loose dirt
Click here to Build an O scale Road Bridge
Click here to Make an HO Timber Tunnel Portal
Click here to Make Clay Clods and Old Time Roads
Click here to scratchbuild an On30 timber tunnel portal
Click here to make background foliage
Click here to make forthy foamy water
Click here to simulate tree bark texture
Click here to make igneous rock from ceiling tile
Click here for more making old time dirt roads
Click here to make logs
Click here to replace HO Atlas Code 100 track with handlaid track using templates
The handlaid track has been replaced with HO track. Click here to find out the why.
The layout is a 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.
Representing the New Age of On30, 1/4"/ft narrow gauge for Everyone
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
Operating the Loads Out - Empties In Spur
Click here to Operate the Quarry Spur
The New On30 Layout
We have resurrected the old On30 layout. It has been expanded to 5x8. Am impressed by how much six inches improves the space. We are going to use Peco track. The benchwork is one piece this time, no sagging. Just added five foot cross members to the old side pieces. Using foam to create the creek below level.
Click here for our new 5x8 layout page
The Old On30 Layout