Layout Photo Gallery

January 2011

Copyright 2011 by James E. Lancaster and Bruce Petty
Photos may not be reused without permission.

This gallery of photos shows some of the changes and additions on my model railroad since the last photo update in July 2010.


Figure 1. A small grain elevator was placed in what had been an open, but paved, loading area at Prado.


Figure 2. This site was formerly Imperial Foods, that I have now moved to Arlington. I plan to eventualy add a wood packing house here.


Figure 3. Imperial Foods was moved from Corona to Arlington.


Figure 4. New, smaller storage tanks were added to the San Gorgonio Coop Winery.

Figure 5. A wooden reefer body was added as a storage structure for the California Citrus packing house.  A 1952 Sanborn map for Highgrove shows three such reefer bodies behind a packing house.

Figure 6. A small office was added to the smudge oil distibutor.

Figure 7. The connection from Barton Road to Highgrove was changed from a paved road to a gravel road.


Figure 8. A model of Colton Tower has been added next to Colton crossing. Barton Road is at the left. An SSW GP20 is on the far side of the crossing.

Figure 9. The siding in Colton was extended and the flour mill was moved to the right, replacing some commercial buildings. A kit-bashed model of Universal Milling has been added. The green embankment behind the structures represents the fill for the San Bernardino Freeway.  The freeway still needs a guard rail.

Universal Milling was a landmark structure just west of the SP depot in Colton, CA. It appears in many railroad photos but always partially or completely blocked by a train. An example is shown below.

Figure 10. A wesbound freight leaves Colton and passes in front of Universal Milling Company. (Bruce Petty photo)

Figure 11. This photo  by Bruce Petty is the only one I know of that shows the ground level of Universal Milling. (Bruce Petty photo)

Figure 12. This is my version of Universal Milling. I used a Kibri European-style freight house for the base, pieces from a Walthers grain elevator for the upper structures, a Rix dust collector, a Walthers grain conveyor, and the storage shed from the Walthers grain elevator (left).  The large curved pipe coming into the dust collector was modeled using part of a heavy plastic coat hanger - following a suggestion by Bob Chaparro.

Figure 13. In addition to the layout changes, I now have an 11-car UP City train. The two E8s and the eleven cars are from Walthers. The consist includes a Milwaukee Road coach and the three dome cars (coach, diner and lounge) typical of the City of Los Angeles.

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