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  The Sierra Western & Santa Fe RR

The Sierra Western & Santa Fe RR is Rick's large HO scale, 1970s era, Santa Fe based, model railroad. Planned as a twenty year project, it was started in July 1994 and is about 35% complete. It is being constructed in a 47ft x 25ft room built for the layout. With the help of several friends, approximately half of the double deck, walk-around style layout is now operational. It was featured in the November 1999 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.

Rick has also written several articles that have been published in model railroading magazines:
  • "Real" Train Operation, SW&SF Style - Railroad Model Craftsman, November 1999 page 91
  • Hand-laying Track and Turnouts, part 1 - Railroad Model Craftsman, May 1998 page 86
  • Hand-laying Track and Turnouts, part 2 - Railroad Model Craftsman, June 1998 page 82
  • Finding Space For a Layout - The Design of Rick Fortin's Sierra Western & Santa Fe - Layout Design Journal/News, Winter 1998 page 20
  • 14 Layouts in 25 Days: Observations on Design and Reliability - Layout Design Journal/News
    Fall 1998 page 32

You are encouraged to visit the SWSF web site where you can read about the layout, the planning that took place before the first board was cut, the planning of the room the layout is housed in, the construction of the layout, a description of how the layout is being used to simulate prototypical railroad activities, and take several picture tours of the layout from the early stages of construction to the current time. The link is available below.


But before you go there, and to give you a visual overview of the busiest end of the layout, check out the panorama image layout taken two years ago at Chico Tower. In the panorama you will see about 50% of the layout. New construction in this area will significantly change this view in the near future! You can see these changes unfold in the "New Progress" section.

Click on the next image to open the panorama view (caution - this is a very large file and may take several minutes to open if you have a slow connection).


Progress is being made on the 2nd level of the SWSF. New construction is moving along rapidly. Click the "Under Construction" image below to read about and see the latest progress pics:


And now to visit the SW&SF site, click on this image:

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