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The Randall Museum in San Francisco hosts a large HO-scale model model railroad. Created by the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club starting in 1961, the layout was donated to the Museum in 2015. Since then I have started automatizing trains running on the layout. I am also the model railroad maintainer. This blog describes various updates on the Randall project and I maintain a separate blog for all my electronics not directly related to Randall.

2020-01-04 - Scenery Updates

Category Randall

I found some time to use more of the vehicles and houses we got from Judy’s collection:

The buildings in the mountain and to the bottom left of the picture (next to the hotel) are from Judy’s collection, and they neatly fill some empty space. Technically the mountain has an access road, yet honestly it’s not visible from the visitors’ point of view. I believe I have seen some “shrubbery” green foam around that that I ‘d like to place around the buildings’ base to make them fit better. Gaps are very obvious from up close, not so much when seen from 5 yards away.

We also got this Amtrak train from Judy’s collection. I made a video which I have yet to finish editing. In the meanwhile, the train is stopped at the Fairfield station for everyone to look at:

Some people may want to snobbishly point out this train is not prototypical; I both fully agree and would ignore that. It’s a nice setup and I’d rather have it visible that sitting on a shelf. I also think the paint scheme nicely fits together. The train runs nicely too.

While I was there, I also added cars on the Fairfield road.

In the Fairfield industrial city, I temporarily removed the large warehouse made by Greg after finding out it was precariously located on top of an access trap. The access trap had moved and all the little trucks were on the floor. Although the warehouse is a really nice design (as everything that Greg does), it’s a bit too massive for the scene and blocks the view of the station. I plan to create a new scenicked access trap with lower structures.

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