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Thursday, Mar 22 2012 09:31 AM

Bakersfield-Tehachapi via San Diego model railroad

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BY LOUIS AMESTOY Californian staff writer lamestoy@bakersfield.com

If you're ever in San Diego you may want to stop by and see the San Diego Model Railroad Museum because that's the home of the La Mesa Model Railroad Club's sprawling model of the Bakersfield to Tehachapi route.

Yes, you can reenact this journey through a model railroad. We even have video evidence.

Here's an explainer from the club, which began construction on the layout in 2003:

"The club layout represents the joint Southern Pacific/Santa Fe railroad from Bakersfield to Mojave of the 1950s. The current layout consists of the area from the Southern Pacific Bakersfield Yard through the famous Tehachapi Loop to Mojave Yard."

The museum, which covers 27,000-square feet, has numerous exhibits but its largest are the 1/87th-scale Tehachapi layout and the San Diego & Arizona Eastern layout. There's also an impressive 1/160th scale layout on San Diego.

However, it's the Tehachapi Loop that is one of the featured attractions.

From the museum's website: "The model is unique not only for its size but for its geographic fidelity. Literally thousands of photographs of the prototype have been used to ensure that each detail closely models the features of the actual area."

 

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