The Shasta Pacific RR is an imaginary subsidiary of the Southern Pacific RR that a STB ruling protected from being swallowed up by the yellow peril meger. It is predominantly the SP Shasta Division in western USA but stretches from Portland to Bakersfield & Mojave via Tehachapi & covers a loose time frame 1940 - 1996. [Modeling license]. The Shasta Pacific uses mainly unrepainted SP locos, plus a few from other RR's, but repainting of some of the equipment in its own colors is progressing as time & traffic permit. Colors are similar to SPSF Kodachrome, but with a forward leaning slope in lieu of the war bonnet curve. Some locos that didn't require full painting were patched. Shasta Pacific CEO, Ken Leitch, is a long time SP fan, so several of SP’s famous “Name Trains” are operated in authentic colors as tourist operations.
The HO scale layout is housed in a 2-car garage (6M x 6M) in the backyard at Beerwah & is the 4th layout built. A decision was made about 1990 to go with DCC for my control system. A Lenz system was obtained & was great to operate. In 2000, an NCE system was purchased to take advantage of later technology, plus ease of operation, & 4 radio throttles were added in 2009. Loco decoders are Lenz, NCE, TCS & Digitrax, plus Soundtrax, LokSound & QSI sound decoders. Servos, Switchmaster, Cobalt or Tortise slow motion switch machines power all mainline turnouts, & are controlled by DCC accessory decoders (NCE, Cobalt,Tam Valley & EasyDCC) and push buttons. Using additional DCC Boosters, the layout is divided into 3 power districts.
All types of scenery construction are utilized with plaster covering chicken wire, polystyrene, calico, or cardboard. Some sections only have base scenery & will have more detail added in due course. Rock moulds & bridge abutments are being added as time permits. This is a work in progress.
The Shasta Pacific CEO started modeling in 1952 with Hornby Dublo 3 rail trains and has had an interest in Southern Pacific since 1957 when he purchased his first HO rolling stock – SP ‘Golden State’ passenger coaches made by Rivarossi (from Athearn moulds) & Athearn rubber band drive F7A & RDC units plus a Lionel (HO) GP-9 unit.
is also active on the exhibition scene, having exhibited various
layouts in South-East Qld over the last 42 years.
Current exhibition layout is a N Scale layout called Shasta Crossing, built to Australian T-Track standards, but with individual modules combined into 3 large modules for ease of transport and set up. A 4th large module is under construction to give an optional viewing.
In late 2015, a 7.25" guage 0-6-0 diesel ride-on loco, Jumbuck #4, was obtained & gives rides to young & old at Nambour Model Railway Park every 4th Sunday of the year.
Ken is a Life Member of NMRA, honorary life member of Gold Coast Model Railway Club, & currently a member of Caloundra District Model Railway Association & Sunshine Coast Railway Modellers Society.
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