Dry Creek Railroad
These pictures show the progress on my 'G' gauge railroad I am installing in
the southeast portion of my backyard.
The railroad will go on the berm next to the grass
Leveling the road bed around the pine tree. The deep cut will be a
Around the tree
More around the tree. Irrigation tubing gets buried under road bed.
Around the back of the tree and through the future tunnel
Trex decking is used as the base for the track. It has been cut and
screwed together in a ladder format so it can be shaped for the curves.
Track is just sitting on the base for now. It won't be permanently
installed for a while.
Rocks are used as retaining walls for the dirt
Around through the future tunnel
Digging out 'Dry Gulch'. A 15 foot trestle will connect the track
sections over the gulch.
Trex road base continues straight along berm
Building rock retaining walls. Sloped area will be planted with ground
Next section of trex road bed being installed and leveled.
Track will turn north along the east berm and go around the spruce tree on
Dry Gulch finally dug out
Trestle now installed across the gulch
Trestle spans 15 feet
Track base turning north along berm
Track going around tree on east berm
Track continues around tree. Retaining wall rocks being installed.
Track around tree. Track base needs to be prepared and installed where
track has been temporarily laid out.
The tunnel has been built up with concrete block and rock.
Dirt will cover the tunnel top once the tracks have been secured to the
'Ballast' being installed within and outside of track. A mixture
of small rock and cement. I will have to wait until spring to finish as it
is getting too cold now.
The completed tunnel and ballast.
The Pacific 4-6-2 with tender on the trestle. I won't get any rolling
stock until the spring.
Coming out of the tunnel
The east side loop around the tree.
We cleared off the snow long enough to run the train for the grandchildren at
There was about a foot of snow that need to be removed from the tracks.
Starting construction of a train station. It will be a replica of the
Downey, CA train station that was torn down in the 60s.
Adding the platform supports to the warehouse and office.
The completed plywood structure
Now with door and window frames, decorative mouldings, and painted with
Finished with paint. Just needs windows installed
This was the picture used to make the model.
The next building is a chapel.
The completed plywood structure.
Complete except for windows
This is the picture being used for the model. It is the Church of the
Reflections at Knott's Berry Farm.
Cleared the snow off to run train with new passenger cars
There are 5 Southern Pacific cars.
Building a tunnel over the 90 degree turn
Installing ballast along the track.
The Downey station along the track
Exiting the tunnel under the hilltop chapel
Construction of the expansion of the layout. Future trestle
Further expansion of the track base along the new east side berm.
Trestle and bridge over Dry Creek
Another 150 feet of track down. Flat area is for future village.
Expanding the roadbase onto the final berm
Area for future stream and bridge
Roadbed ready for final end loop
Final loop completed. Landscaping, tunnel, bridge, and turn-outs will
have to wait for spring.
Last run for the year. A major snow storm came the day after this