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Been monkeying with a layout plan for the NWP between Schellville and Petaluma. At the very early stages with a 2 level 5' by 10' design for HO. LOTS of compression and 2 helix's (y'gads) later... Perhaps I should switch to N-scale. :-)

Novato and Burdell are under the top level in grey. I'm only showing the top level and part of the lower level because I'm not sure about this plan yet, until then, I'm just posting a teaser. ;-) We'll see. Going to drink a few beers while watching Pentrex's "Today's NWP" for more inspiration and sleep on it.


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Comment by Christopher Palomarez on June 19, 2013 at 5:59pm

Chad - You betcha, I'm still blowing in the wind about the plan. I may just start building some of the models first and hope that will give me some better direction.

Jennifer - Thank you and your layout is really maturing fast!

I'm envious to both of you having a place to run a few trains whenever you like :-)

Comment by Jennifer on June 18, 2013 at 3:13pm

Very nice Chris.  Best wishes!

Comment by Chad Gustafson on June 15, 2013 at 9:54am


Lets keep in touch! My 4x8 is roughly Petaluma and P&SR! 


Comment by Christopher Palomarez on June 14, 2013 at 6:19pm


Probably everything. I started really digging the operations around the P&SR street running. Thinking about reducing back to a 4x8 and just focusing on Petaluma.

Expansion to Schellville and other stations can be built as an after thought I figure. Going to give track planning another go here soon.


Comment by Jeremey Witkowski on June 13, 2013 at 11:23pm

Nice teaser layout plan Chris! Any idea what you are going to change after watching "Todays NWP"?

Comment by Mike Cook on June 11, 2013 at 6:02pm

LOTS of good info and help, thanks again Chris, you rock mi amigo! 

Comment by Don Underwood on June 11, 2013 at 1:11am

The Schmale's book about the P&SR has lots of info (follow the Petaluma link Chad provided; also available thru Amazon).  It would be fun to model the wharf and cobblestone streets along the river.

There are also two books about Petaluma published by Arcadia that have some railroad info.

Mark Drury in August, 2009, published a series of maps showing businesses and track leads for a bunch of towns along the NWP, in case you are into switching.  Here's a link for Petaluma:!/ph...

Have fun.


Comment by Christopher Palomarez on June 10, 2013 at 10:44pm

so that's the P&SR that's street running on 1st....aaaaaaaah ha! how long did it see service? I saw the street running yard in Google maps is sort of still there. That is way cool Chad! I was following the route and saw where it connected to the NWP at Hunt & Behrens then skirted around the river along water street, crossed a bridge then ran up 1st street. Would definitely be interested in more info on this operation :-)


Comment by Chad Gustafson on June 10, 2013 at 10:10pm

In fact, an early attempt to model the P&SR in a 3x5 curcle and street running attempt happened in my bedroom between the foot of my bed and the wall. 

Could have gone worse, I guess. 

Comment by Chad Gustafson on June 10, 2013 at 10:08pm


Believe it or not, the P&SR had a street running yard. First Street, in Petaluma:

The Petaluma and Santa Rosa was a very intreguing line for many reasons, and for sure caught my eye early on. Easy to model in a 4x8 or a 10x20, a little bit of shorter short line but still a chunk of the NWP.


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