Firebaugh Rail Lines
My current model railroad

Great Northern Scenic Sub

Welcome to my model railroad page, the Firebaugh Rail Lines!

I'm beginning the planning of my next model railroad and I've started a few pages here: based on my inspiration of the Great Northern's Scenic Sub.

The following describes my current model railroad, the Firebaugh Rail Lines.

The FRL is an N-scale (1:160 scale, or about half of the most popular scale HO which is 1:87) set up in a 6½' × 3' layout. Most of the equipment is from the Great Northern railroad, which I picked simply because I liked the color schemes and I figured I could model the Pacific Northwest with mountains and pine forest.

Why the name "Firebaugh"? It's the name of a town in California's central valley - a small agriculture community - and while the Union Pacific Railroad does run through it, I picked the name just because I liked it - I'd see the name on the I-5 exit when driving by. It's fitting because it's always bloody hot there! By the way, if you haven't visited my home page yet, I live in Los Gatos, CA, which is near San Jose.

The FRL is my "testbed" model, I'm using it to learn construction techniques before I try to tackle something bigger. For now it's set up in my office along with my workbench and computer desk. Sometime in the future I might build a bigger railroad in my spare room, which gives me about 9½' × 7' of usable space.

The galleries below contain pictures and explanations of the FRL, so have fun browsing through them, and thanks for visiting!

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Current work in progress
Updated December 8, 2008




Updated Decemeber 3, 2006


Updated December 29, 2006

Rolling Stock

Whole Layout Photos
Updated November 27, 2007

Firebaugh Rail Lines Videos

Summary, Materials, etc.

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