The layout at a glance
Name: Willoughby & Rock Ridge
Prototype Railroad: Southern Pacific & local logging branchlines
Scale: N (1:160)
Size: 10.5′ x 8.5′
Era: Late 1950s, transition era
Locale: Willoughby to Rock Ridge, Oregon
Mainline length: 69.2 mi.
Industries: Wood products, fuel oil, grain mill
Layout style: Shelf with return loops
Layout height: 53″
Benchwork: 1″ x 2″ hemlock assembled with square drive screws
Subroadbed: Masonite spline
Roadbed: Homabed Homasote roadbed
Track: Micro Engineering code 55 flex
Atlas code 55 #5 switches
Atlas code 55 curved switches
Turnout minimums: #5
Minimum Radius: 12″
Maximum Grade: 2% mainline
Landscape: Cardboard strip, paper, & white glue
Backdrop: Painted masonite
Control: DC (analog), dual cab control
dual MRC Control Master 20
This layout has been inspired by real locations (specifically Eugene to Oakridge), but since there is never enough stuff available in N scale to faithfully model the entirety of anything, I am giving myself permission to take a few liberties with history in order to use some gear I like.
For example, I will add an old standard gauge logging line connecting to the Rock Ridge area and leading into the mountains in order to utilize some Atlas Lima Two Truck Shay geared steam locomotives. The actual Oakridge area had one Willamette Iron and Steel Works Shay locomotive in use near Westfir, which is similar to the Lima in design. Such is the basis of my historical revisionism.
Selective compression will also omit many of the landmarks one would find from Eugene to Oakridge. Other inconsistencies may include timespan anomalies, as some of my gear was retired before some of my other stuff was put into service, but remember, this is N Scale! In a nutshell, I won’t be counting any rivets, but will try to stay somewhat true to reality when I am able. But I’m not going to lose any sleep over the inaccuracies.