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HO Gauge Whittier Railway Switching Layout

This page features an HO scale micro-layout that I built for switching operation. I have named it the "Whittier Railway". It is actually my previously built Inglenook Sidings switching layout that went through a "make over". It was originally the "Middle America Forest Railway" that I built and became dissatisfied with. I found that the Inglenook design took up too much space and it was not enjoyable for me to operate. I recycled the old layout by removing everything except the Atlas Turntable. The layout measures 5' x 1'.

My new design allows me to add more structures and scenic elements while maintaining a layout with an interesting switching track plan. This is a "Here and Now" layout, because waiting for someday to build a big layout may never come. Might as well enjoy something, anything now.

There are two distinct areas on the layout:

Whittier Terminal that includes theTurntable, Yard Office, Engine House, and Fuel Tank. The other area is the Santa Fe Springs Industrial District which includes a Grade Crossing, Loading Dock, Oil Tanks, and Aggregate Bins.

I used Atlas Code 100 track sections(both straight from the box and modified), a PECO Electrofrog Wye turnout, and an Atlas Turntable. The wiring is standard DC and is fairly simple. I use a stereo jack and socket to allow the MRC 1300 powerpack to be easily removed for storage. The buildings are removeable and a handle on the side of the layout makes it easy to carry the layout like a guitar case. Track is laid on cork roadbed with a 1/16 inch basswoad shim so that the track will properly align with the height of the turntable.

I designed this layout to be good looking and fun to operate. I use 4-axel diesels with 40' freight cars and one caboose. With 3 or 4 freight cars staged in the Santa Fe Springs area, I make up a short train on the track between the turntable and the wye with the caboose on the end. Its simple but fun.


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


HO Gauge Layout Whittier Railway Dana Holland


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