Givens & Druthers
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My name is Andy Thomas and I
am currently constructing an HO layout in what used to be the garage of our home
(it's still our home, it's just that the cars sleep outside now). My
wife, Pam graciously offered the garage to the railroad after asking that
we build a 6' X 12' room out of part of it for a small office. So now we've
got a space about 17' X 21' to work with!
is based on a railroad that I grew up next to in Placerville,
California. The Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad was a
short line that connected the Michigan-California Lumber Company's mill in Camino
with the Southern Pacific's Placerville Branch in Placerville, about 8
railroad miles away.
to model the line from Placerville up to the mill, and operate it with a single
GE 44-tonner, just like the prototype did, but I'll use my imagination to
stretch the railroad all the way past Lake Tahoe (why have it in your name if
you're not going to go there?), through the Nevada desert to interchange with
the U.P. near Portola, CA. I'll be modeling from the Placerville yard to
Camino, with staging yards east of Camino (representing Reno and points east) and west of
Placerville (representing Roseville and points west). There
will also be a connection with my
son's railroad, the Sacramento, Big Trees and
Western, and we'll model some of it's operations in Sacramento.
© 2000 Andy Thomas