One of the possible certificates I would like to pursue on my way toward the ultimate goal of becoming a NMRA Master Model Railroader is to build a “Prototype Scene”. The requirements are fairly open for this category, and as I have enough (I think) information available in my archives to build a scene from along the Yosemite Valley, the location just outside Merced, CA where the YV crossed the ATSF and the ATSF had a town for controlling the signals involved in the crossing, I think this would be an excellent choice.
The plan, as drawn, is for a 24″ x 18″ scene. The base will be built from cut plywood benchwork, allowing for the introduction of lights in the tower and possibly some animation for signals, all mounted underneath. The track is fairly straight forward, with the ATSF running top to bottom of the drawing (so 18″) and the YV running left to right (Merced toward El Portal) and having a distance of 24″. The scenery will include a scratch-built ATSF tower, and lots of golden grass so it appears to be California in the summer.
I plan to hand-lay the track on this project in order to give that a try on a small scale as well.
There will be a YV train poised on the display, most likely with one of the 2-6-0’s, a caboose, and a few freight cars that will stretch close to the whole 24″.
My goal is to have this project completed, along with other projects, by the end of 2019.