Los Angeles Terminal District 1997 - 2001
The layout was built around two existing 4 foot Ntrak modules that I had started in 1992. A special section was added to each end and an 8 foot, 4 track staging yard rested in front of, and a bit lower than the Ntrak modules. A frame of 2 x 4's was installed across the room that these all sat on, along with some hidden inclined track that connected the layout to the staging yard. The overall size was 12 ft x 3 ft.
Back problems, the 36 inch depth of the layout, and the weight of lifting the Ntrak modules in and out of the layout led me to dismantle it in late 2001 and start the California Northwestern layout in the same spot.
In another configuration the yard could be placed behind the sky boards of the Ntrak modules on the same level. The idea was that the layout could also be displayed at shows this way and I had legs for the two end sections that matched the height of the legs of the Ntrak modules. This was set up and tested one time but the layout was never publicly displayed. The two Ntrak modules were displayed many times as part of Ntrak layouts between the early 1990's and 2011 when they were rebuilt.
I grew up near downtown LA and would frequently see switchers and road switchers of the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Santa Fe railroads. There had also been short line railroad called the LA Junction Railroad which was owned by the Santa Fe and used CF7's to service many industries just south east of downtown. My free lanced layout is an expansion of this idea. On this layout the Los Angeles Terminal District is a creation of the 3 larger railroads that services industries over a much larger area. Most of the locomotives came from the SP. I had a set of 4 GP30's and 4 GP9's that mostly worked the layout which was operated using a Digitrax DCC system.
Hope you enjoyed this tour of one of my old layouts.