California Zephyr at the GGMRC model train layout. The Golden Gate Model Railroad Club was located in the Randall Museum, San Francisco.
This is a video I created for the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club channel in 2014-10-04. The Golden Gate Model Railroad Club was located in the basement of the Randall Museum, San Francisco. This museum is actually more an education center for kids, with science projects and even a small zoo. The layout was open weekly to the public on Saturdays and little visitors enjoyed seeing the trains go around in its complex track layout ( for the track plan.)
The GGMRC model train layout was built in the 60s and models a somewhat fictional railway named “Sierra Nevada & Pacific Railroad” mixing the Colorado Midland, D&RG up to the ATSF acquisition of the SF&SJV. Locations on the layout include Stockton, Fairfield, sierra mountains named The Summit and a loop that curiously looks like Tehachapi. Later yards added to the layout are named Richmond, Napa and Bridgeport, although these are mostly plywood plains and not given too much exposure on the video.
The train featured here is a California Zephyr. These trains started in 1949 and were passenger trains operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads. As railroads changed, so the train changed yet its designation as stayed the same for historical reasons. The current Amtrak train bears little resemblance to this one!
Video by Raphaël Moll
Music: Pickup Truck, Yard Sale and Succotash, by Silent Partners [yt license]
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