Silicon Valley Lines: Layout Tour - Paso

Ferrum Mining Inc. is a major customer of the SVL. Unlike other ore companies, FMI has been blocked from using traditional ore mining techniques due to government intervention. To prevent damaging the sparse habitat of the rare spotted gopher, ore in Proctor is mined by deep underground tunnels, not by digging a large pit. As a result, of these regulations, this mine sure looks like it belongs back in coal country, but rest assured that those little ore cars don't haul anthracite. Proctor Hill is a company town.The ore miners depend on railroad alone for their connection to the outside world, as the town is unteachable by highway. SVL and the mineral rights holder keep things that way by a special arrangement. A sporadic mixed train sometimes brings supplies, mail, and visitors from the outside world, but most of the time, these folks are stuck in the 1940s and 50s. The mining company is still upset with an old coot who hauled his mobile home up a hill nearby. Recently, the squatter has worked out a deal with the government to conduct a biannual census of the spotted gopher population in order to prevent being himself from being evicted.

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Layout at a Glance

Size
Double deck, 23'x 72'
Scale
HO (1:87)
Theme
Freelance
Period
Transition Era to Modern
Height
Lower: 48"; Upper: 60"
Benchwork
Plywood box frame on steel supports
Roadbed
HomabedTM over homasote over 3/4" plywood
Track
Code 83 mainline Code 70 branchline, Code 100 in staging
Minimum Radius
36"
Turnout Minimum
No. 6
Control:
NMRA DCC via NCE PH PRO