Sunday, December 28, 2014

Spokane International Railway Portable N Scale Layout

Welcome to the Spokane International Railway: A portable N scale railroad built by contributing author, Mike Pagano and other hobbyist in the N scale community. This Layout was featured in the July/Aug 2007 issue of N Scale Railroading magazine and the December 2013 issue of Model Railroader magazine. Later issues in NSR followed up with other detailed articles that illustrated unique techniques for building light weight and resilient methods that withstand the stress of being portable. The model is built using unique aluminum benchwork construction methods as seen on The Clinchfield Railroad in N Scale, designed by the late Gordon Odegard for Model Railroader back in 1978. This layout is based on the Spokane International Railway and other connecting railroads operating in the year 1959 and located in the panhandle area of Idaho. Other road names like the Great Northern and Northern Pacific are also represented on the layout. Besides being portable, the display also features prototype signature elements in the area of Sandpoint, Idaho. This track plan design contains two independent loops, representing the SIRy and the NP railroads that interchanged at Sandpoint. The GN also connected into the interchange yard from the east side of Sandpoint. The layout also features a four track staging yard that represents Grand Junction, Washington with connections to Spokane. The layout uses digital command control for train control and switch machine operation. This layout is exhibited in the Pacific Northwest to promote the hobby of model railroading.