Bob Hogan's Sierra Northern Railroad (S)

Sierra Northern Railroad
120 West Main Street
Rutledge, GA 30663
Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Bob Hogan
617-306-8271 (cell preferred) - 706-752-1177
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Layout Details

After 25 years of modeling in Sn3, I took the opportunity of our move to middle Georgia in 2004 to construct my first S standard gauge layout. The Sierra Northern Railroad is the result of that effort, a new railroad featuring S standard with a logging operation. The central theme of the new Sierra Northern Railroad is that of a mythical crossing of California's Sierra Nevada mountains. No attempt was made to model any specific location on the new railroad, but rather to capture the general look and feel of the Southern Pacific's Donner Pass and Shasta routes.  This railroad has recently been featured in RMC, the S Gaugian and the Dispatch.

Name Sierra Northern Railroad
Scale S scale
Size 20' X 23'
Prototype Southern Pacific, Western Pacific and Pacific Lumber Co.
Locale Sierra Nevada, Donner Pass
Era Circa 1950-1956
Layout Style Around the room with center yard (duck-under)
Length of Mainline 2 S mains 60 ft. each plus yard, approximatly 45' of loging operations.
Layout Height 48 to 60 inches
Benchwork Open grid
Roadbed Cork
Track Flex
Turnout Minimum #6 yards, #8 mainline
Minimum Radius 48 inch on mains
Maximum Grade 2% on logging run
Scenery Foam base with hardshell
Backdrop Commerial, around the room
Controls 3 P-B-L Foreground II Sound Systems (all steam and diesel locos sound equipped)


I-20 east or west to Exit 105.  

Go north following signs for Rutledge & Hard Labor Creek State Park. 

Go through 4 way stop & flashing red light to "T" intersection at Dixie Avenue.

Turn left onto Dixie Avenue and then make an immediate right crossing the CSX Railroad tracks.

Go one block to "barrel" 4 way stop.

Turn left at stop onto West Main Street.

Proceed one block to Church Street and turn right.

House is on the corner on your left.  Park on Church Street.

Layout is in garage on right side of driveway.