Lane Society of Model Railroaders is Lane County, Oregon's only HO Model railroad club with a permanent layout.
We were incorporated on April 23, 2001 as a Model Railroad and Social club with the goal of advancing the enjoyment and knowledge of HO Model Railroading in the Lane County area and the State of Oregon.
During the year we have scheduled work and run sessions and, for families and friends, picnics under a large walnut tree.
Admittance to the clubhouse is available to Life, Charter and Senior members from 10 am to 10 pm daily. All other members are permitted access as long as there is a Life, Charter or Senior member there.
The layout is a loop-to-loop design, partially double-decked, in walkaround-control configuration with a central peninsula. It's geographically set somewhere in the Cascade mountains and includes staging yards to represent off-line destinations plus a logging branch. The track plan is arranged to accommodate running long trains while simultaneously offering the challenge of car-forwarding operation.
Track and Control Standards
Code 83 track is used throughout, and Digitrax DCC is rigged for tethered plug-in or wireless radio cabs.
The mainline is a single-track 435 foot run, that starts at the main yard and climbs at grades of from .5 to 2.5 percent to a second level in the center of the peninsula. It has four passing sidings that are an average length of 28 feet. The track standards throughout can accommodate today's extra-tall and extra-long rolling stock. but equipment of all eras is welcome at the LSofMRR layout.
The main yard consists of five in/out bound and five sorting tracks, each 28 to 30 feet long. An engine facility with a turntable long enough to handle the largest engines and sized to accommodate 12 steam and 21 diesel engines at one time is in the planning stages. There is also a hidden storage yard with five tracks totaling 150 feet under the main yard.
There are two hidden staging yards, one at the high point of the layout with three tracks, and one with five tracks located at the peninsula's lower level.
For passenger trains there is a station with two sidings and facility for servicing baggage, express reefer, galley cars and other passenger-related rolling stock.
The logging line is an approximately 40-foot spur that interchanges with the outside world at the mainline's halfway point. The mill is adjacent to the interchange for direct delivery of cut timber via the woods engines so no mainline running by logging trains is required. Log trains are often seen on the mainline, however, just for fun and to provide dispatching challenges for those fast-moving double-stacks and passenger varnish. The logging line consists of a run around at the upper landing capable of holding five forty foot flats, and the end of the spur branches around the spar tree. The spar tree will have either a heel boom or hayrack system for loading cars. There will also be a small engine house for the loco designated for helper service up the 4.5% incline to the landing. The logging camp will consist of several bunk houses, a dining house, a saw filling shack, blacksmith shop and other logging related structures, plus a small water tank to feed the thirsty locomotives. Most structures will be scratch built or kitbashed. On the other end of the logging line will be a steam powered sawmill featuring two band saws, live rolls cut-off saws, and edgers. This structure will also be scratch built and will be very similar to the BTS Slatyfork sawmill.
We are working on scenery and plan on setting up somewhere near the new condos in Vancouver.
We have begun the process of planning and implementing an automatic signaling system.
You can contact the club at: LSMR-trainclub@ClearWire.net