Come Run Your Train on the Highland Pacific HO Scale Model Railroad

Attention Model Railroaders and Train Enthusiasts:

The Highland Pacific Model Railroad Club in San Gabriel will be holding a TRAIN RUNNING SESSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

  Santa Fe F3 17 waits with the Super Chief Modeler: John Deka

Santa Fe F3 17 waits with the Super Chief
Modeler: John Deka

Members of the community are welcome to bring an HO Scale (DC or DCC we can run both on our layout) train to the club and run it on our famous layout, featuring over 4,000 feet of track.

Don’t have a train? Run Ours! We will have trains for you to run, freight or passenger. In addition we will have engineer helpers and conductors to make your journey on the Highland Pacific a memorable experience.

Where? Highland Pacific Railroad, 854 Broadway, San Gabriel, CA 91776

When? Sunday, September 30th, Noon to 4 PM.

RSVP Let us know you are coming, and we will reserve a cab (5 total) for you! We also have plenty of Yard and Local spaces for people. Let us know your preference.

Also let us know if you will be bringing your own train or using our rolling stock.

Bring your camera for great pictures and spectacular train operation through cities, towns and mountains!

To RSVP or for more Information send an email to Steve Smith Sr. at

Steve Smith
Assistant Superintendent
Highland Pacific Society of Model Railroad Engineers

New Aisle Lighting Going In

A work crew, led by Chris Rippy and assisted by Ron Merkel and Jack Ross, has been installing lighting around the bottom of the layout to make navigation easier when lights are off. Why would the lights be off? When "night running" is in order while following Higlhland Pacific Railroad Timetable 10. 

These new lights are the same LED lights and fixtures designed by Dave Flynn several weeks ago. See earlier News article about the making of the aisle lights.

3D Printing Plus LED Lights Equal Low-Cost Light Fixtures

3D printing has amazing uses from creating artificial organs, prosthetics, architectural models, toys, guitars, parts for motor vehicles and rocket engines, and even chocolate bars. On the HPRR 3D printing has been used to "print" housings for layout control panels and now, floor lighting fixtures

At the Highland Pacific Railroad 3D printing was used to make LED holders to be installed for floor lighting. These little gems originated with a broken LED tube. Rather than throw them out Dave Flynn decided to recycle the LEDs in the club's floor lighting project. 

The LEDs were removed from the broken fixture and a single LED was used to design a fixture to house the LEDs. The fixture was then "printed" on Dave's 3D-printer.The addition of a couple of wires, 2 screws for mounting, a resistor, and voilà, floor lighting fixtures for the layout room for about $0.40 in parts. This will be especially useful for those times we operate the Highland Pacific Railroad in "night running" mode. 



Do Not Use While Train is Standing in the Station

 Flushed with pride, Gerry and Chris show off their handiwork. Except Gerry whose hands are, disturbingly, still in his pocket.

Flushed with pride, Gerry and Chris show off their handiwork. Except Gerry whose hands are, disturbingly, still in his pocket.

Thanks to Gerry Willis  and Chris Rippey the club’s Comfort Station has been upgraded with an ADA compliant toilet. The old toilet, part of the original house built pre-1948, while still working, has been relegated to the ash heap of old porcelain toilets. 

2018 SpringRail

The 2018 version of SpringRail will held just down the road from Highland Pacific Railroad headquarters, is at the College Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 8221 College Avenue at Second Ave., Whittier, the City of Trees (Directions: 2018 SpringRail). Our own James Keena is conference chair for this ;popular gathering of model railroad intelligentsia.. 

Registration begins at 7 AM and is $20 for NMRA members, $25 non-members. The Swap Meet begins at the same time where members buy no longer wanted model railroad gear.

Morning donuts and coffee included free although donations are accepted (cash, not used model railroad equipment). A pizza lunch is free if you enter a model into the model contest; otherwise the lunch cost is $7.

The flyer below provides additional details. 

2018 SpringRail Schedule.jpg

Scenery Upgrades Proceed Apace

 Gerry overlooks his recent handiwork. 

Gerry overlooks his recent handiwork. 

The past couple of months have seen a burst of color on the west side of layout from Bayshore to Deka siding. The most recent revitalization was to the area around West End Yard up past Bayshore Valley Traction Station to the west.

Gerry Willis is the groundskeeper on this project. You can see how much brighter the scenery upgrade has made the layout in the photo at the right. Notice the better-defined path leading to the steps up to the bridge and trolley station. The greens are more vivid no doubt enhanced by the newly replaced trees. 

Some of the new trees here and along the layout edge near Bayshore are from Gerry's own layout that he had when living in Reno. Other materials come from the stock of scenery supplies that have been hidden in various parts of the club rooms for many years. The new and repurposed materials used in this project look so much better because they are not covered by a patina of 50 years of model railroad dust.

Come on down and check Gerry's work. He will give you a personalized tour of the newly renovated areas. Keep moving or he will give you a tree to plant.