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If you are in or plan to be in Southern California on April 28, Jeff McKee’s On3 Tigard & Grants Pass railroad will be open as part of a free self-guided tour of eleven model railroad layouts.

The On3 Tigard & Grants Pass is a fictional railroad based on Denver & Rio Grande Western equipment, integrating Colorado narrow gauge and waterfront scenes set in Oregon. In Jeff’s world, General Palmer actually built the D&RGW all the way to Salt Lake City and then on to Oregon, where it interchanges with Jeff’s imaginary line. This gives him a logical rational for running his own line and Rio Grande equipment. The use of a waterfront and a car ferry allows Jeff to extend the layout "beyond the basement". Cars leave on the ferry to points off the layout and eventually reappear.

Jeff built a series of shadow boxes which highlight individual scenes through which trains operate. The shadow box design allows for easier relocation of the railroad should a move become necessary. Control has been transitioned from DCC to on-board battery power and R/C control. Jeff was one of the original members of the old Rusty Rails group from the 1970s and 1980s in North Orange County.

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Info on the layout tour -

Model Railroads of Southern California’s thirtieth layout tour takes place Saturday, April 28. (This is the first of three Orange County tours in the next several weeks.) This is a free self-guided tour of eleven layouts at eight locations in south Orange County. By scale there will be six HO scale layouts, two N scale layouts and one layout each in O standard, On3 and On30. This is a free event and you may bring relatives and friends.

If you would like an area map displaying the locations of the layouts and a layout description sheet, please e-mail me at [email protected]

Here is the full layout tour schedule –

Jerry Bill (HO) 10:00 to 4:00
24121 Becard Drive, Laguna Niguel
(Same location as Ron Sipkovich)

Morrie Fleishman (HO) 10:00 to 4:00
26771 Via San Jose, Mission Viejo

Jim Lancaster (HO) 1:00 to 5:00
14241 Galy Street, Tustin

Jeff McKee (On3) 9:00 to 2:00
21271 Bristlecone, Mission Viejo

Bob Olds (HO) 9:00 to 1:00
641 Vista Bonita, Newport Beach
Important! Park on the side of street
opposite the driveways/garages.
Not handicap accessible.

Bill Scholz (HO O & On30) 10:00 to 2:00
3522 Birch Street, Irvine

Ron Sipkovich (N) 10:00 to 4:00
24121 Becard Drive, Laguna Niguel

Larry Stewart (HO) 8:00 to Noon
23226 Dune Mear Road, Lake Forest

Jeff Whitehorn (N) 1:00 to 5:00
10 Fasano, Irvine

Persons taking this tour assume all risks and liability for their personal safety. Although I am the Moderator of this group, I am not responsible for personal loss or injury to those taking this tour.

Be sure to check the Model Railroads of Southern California website the day before the tour to see if any changes to the schedule or layout lineup have occurred.

If you cannot make this tour, more free layout tours are scheduled including two more Orange County tours on May 12 and May 19, two San Diego County tours on July 14 and August 11 and tours in the Central Coast and Ventura-Santa Barbara-Northwest L.A. County this fall. A Kern County tour is schedule for March 2013.

Bob Chaparro
Model Railroads of Southern California

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I had a peek at some of Jeff's work via the link above. That's some impressive modeling and scenery work.

Hope the tour / open house is a big success!

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