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Cajon Pass
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 17, 2003 11:04 AM
Hello All,

I plan on modeling the Cajon Pass using the layout from the book 101 Model Track Plans. Does anyone know if there are any web sites which I can vist that allow me to see this layout or any other layout of the Cajon Pass. I am doing this in N Gauge.
I am also looking for where I can find photos or books of the Cajon Pass that will help me model this in the correct manner and also give me more information pretaining to it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, October 18, 2003 12:17 PM
The cajun pass is used as a model for operation as a software for the Microsoft Train Stimulator. I believe that this is availible as a add-on and uses a Big Boy to get the trains up and over cajun. This may provide you with a visual experience on a recreated cajun pass and help inspire you in modeling it.

I have pulled many loads over cajun and techaphi. Those are 2 of the top 10 mountains, several others would be Sand Patch in the east, and Donner near Reno NV as well as Raton Pass in NM. Not to mention Horseshoe at Alltona PA and possibly Wascash (Spelling?) in Wyoming.

Mountain railroading has special appeal and dangers. I believe that cab forwards were used because the Sierra tunnels were so long it soffacated the crews of normal forward engines. If you allowed your train to run from you, yer finished.

I believe that plan incorperated several desireable features and may take a bit of room. Ill have to dive back into my magazine pile and dig it out.

Good Luck and let us know how you do.

Lee
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Posted by DSchmitt on Saturday, October 18, 2003 2:57 PM
"Cajon Rail Passage to the Pacific" by Chard Walker Tran-Anglo Books 1985
ISBN 0-87046-072-2

There is also at least one book specifivally on modeling. I think its title is "Modeling Cajon"

Don

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Posted by leighant on Thursday, October 23, 2003 9:57 PM
I don't know whether or not there are web sites with pix of Cajon Pass layouts, but there are links to a lot of Santa Fe model railroads at the website of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling society, www.atsfrr.org

here are some published photos and layout tours of Cajon Pass in various magazines.

Cajon Pass layout of Bill Pearce in N scale
general coverage: Model Railroad Planning 1999 (Kalmbach) p.42
Summit scene, Warbonnet, 2Q98 p.2
"Fast Mail Express" drifting down into Cajon, Warbonnet 2Q97 p.31
NOTE: "Warbonnet" is the magazine of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society.

Cajon Pass layout by Freeman Gosden jr using Armstrong plan in N scale.
Model Railroader Jan95 p.132

Cajon Pass layout of Stenner Harilstad in Oslo Norway!
Model Railroader Dec93 p.109

Cajon Pass layout of Otto Kroutil in N scale
Devore station in N scale, Model Railroader June98 p.98
Pine Lodge scenes "N Scale magazine" JanFeb95 p.31
Wigwag signals "N Scale magazine" MarApr97 p.40
Cajon Pass N Otto Kroutil general coverage Model Railroad Planning 1999 p.51

Cajon Pass, Ted York, HO scale
"Sullivan's Curve" Great Model RRs 2003 (Kalmbach) p.98
Cajon Creek trestle near Devore Warbonnet 3Q 03 p.10,40

Cajon must be a popular subject for modeling, yes?
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Posted by ClinchValleySD40 on Friday, October 24, 2003 2:21 PM
First thing to do is visit Ted York's web site.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cajonpass/index.htm

If you've ever been to Cajon and you walk into Ted's basement, you know what he's modeling. Absolutely awesome.
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Posted by StillGrande on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 10:19 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by HighIron2003ar

The cajun pass is used as a model for operation as a software for the Microsoft Train Stimulator. I believe that this is availible as a add-on and uses a Big Boy to get the trains up and over cajun. This may provide you with a visual experience on a recreated cajun pass and help inspire you in modeling it.

I have pulled many loads over cajun and techaphi. Those are 2 of the top 10 mountains, several others would be Sand Patch in the east, and Donner near Reno NV as well as Raton Pass in NM. Not to mention Horseshoe at Alltona PA and possibly Wascash (Spelling?) in Wyoming.

Mountain railroading has special appeal and dangers. I believe that cab forwards were used because the Sierra tunnels were so long it soffacated the crews of normal forward engines. If you allowed your train to run from you, yer finished.

I believe that plan incorperated several desireable features and may take a bit of room. Ill have to dive back into my magazine pile and dig it out.

Good Luck and let us know how you do.

Lee
Dewey "Facts are meaningless; you can use facts to prove anything that is even remotely true! Facts, schmacks!" - Homer Simpson "The problem is there are so many stupid people and nothing eats them."

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