by Thomas Beutel

Category: Redwoods and Pacific RR

My favorite spot on the Redwoods and Pacific RR

When I planned the Redwoods and Pacific, I purposely built in many bridges. My favorite so far is this deck truss bridge. The bridge sits at the far end of a floor to ceiling canyon, so it isn’t one that I go up close to very often, but it is big enough to see well […]

Influences for the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad

I grew up as a toy train guy. My father started his first layout when I was three years old and growing up with trains meant that it was in my blood by the time of my first memories. His early layouts were not permanent until we moved into a house with a basement, but they […]

Yes, I am modeling the Embarcadero Freeway

The Embarcadero Freeway was truly a depressing structure and made the Embarcadero near the ferry building seem dark and foreboding. And although the 1989 earthquake was a terrible experience, one of the few good things that came out of that was the condemnation and eventual removal of the freeway. Now walking along the Embarcadero is […]

McArthur-Burney Falls on the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad

My latest project on my model railroad is this waterfall. I’ve patterned it after McArthur-Burney falls in Northern California. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m liking how it is turning out.

Island Mountain Bridge on the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad

A passenger local crosses the Island Mountain Bridge on the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad. The bridge is kitbashed from two Vollmer 2546 Kastenbrücke kits. The passenger cars are by Roundhouse and Model Power and the locomotive is a Sunset brass engine.