Santa Ana & Newport Railroad

Chris Jean

  • Style: Santa Ana & Newport, fictitious
  • Era: 1957
  • Scale: HO
  • Size: 350 sqft (x' x y'), double deck
  • % Benchwork and Track: 100%
  • % Scenery: 90
  • Control: DCC and WiFi interface
  • Access:
  • Parking:


This approximately 350 square foot double-deck HO scale layout is modeled after The Santa Ana & Newport Railroad (SA&N built by the McFadden brothers in 1893 to transport lumber arriving by ship at McFadden Wharf (now Newport Pier) to a connection with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF) in Santa Ana, California. It uses a "what if" scenario that assumes the SA&N remained independent and operating with small second hand steam power at least through 1957.  The connection with the ATSF has been maintained while an interchange connection with the SP and the Pacific Electric (PE) has been added in Huntington Beach.

The layout is constructed with Code 83 Model Power flex track and manually thrown hand laid turnouts, MRC Prodigy Advance DCC with MRC WiFi module to allow smart device throttle use.  The two main aisles are 48" wide with the aisle between the end of the central peninsula and the swing out staging extension being 30".

The layout is operated using TT&TO and Switch Lists and a "daylight only" schedule.  A 6:1 fast clock is used. The intended operating intensity is designed to be semi-serious (somewhat challenging but fun) although added yard operations could easily make operations intense.