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Fire! The City of Klamath Falls is suffering from a major fire after the local fire- works factory erupted in flames and smoke. The scene is animated by a smoke generator installed in the building along with the flashing lights from the emergen- cy vehicles.


48 inches with No. 12 turnouts on the main line to ensure trou- ble-free operations. Workers hand-laid all the No. 12 turnouts since nothing suitable existed commercially. Branch lines fea- ture 36-inch minimum radius curves, and yards use a mini- mum of No. 6 Peco turnouts. Tortoise switch machines power all mainline turnouts and some yard throats.


The trackplan was designed for certain areas to be double- decked to allow the railroad to climb to the 98-inch summit of the 20.5-scale-mile main line. The designers accomplished this by cleverly using a mostly visible helix, the Bly Mountain Loops, coupled with a long pen- insula for the eastbound 2.2 percent climb to the summit at Quartz Mountain, and several


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long peninsulas for the more moderate westbound 1.1 per- cent climb. Mileposts begin at the west end of the railroad at Chiloquin and continue to MP 118 at Fairport. Even though the visible railroad is 20.5 scale miles long, mileposts along the line are set at ten-foot intervals for realistic operations.


Scenery was built using stacked Styrofoam boards cov- ered with Hydrocal. Rock cast- ings were made and colored spe- cifically for the layout. The most impressive feature of the scenery is Gearhart Mountain, standing a scale 1,054 feet in elevation. The mountain contains more than 1,000 pounds of Hydrocal plus 5 percent actual rock from the Ft. Collins area. Since the railroad was based on south- central Oregon, it needed plen-


ty of trees to create the proper effect. Overall, there are more than 28,000 handmade trees on the layout, including 16,000 fir trees, 8,000 deciduous trees, and 4,000 golden Aspen trees. In one area, there is an “active” forest fire simulated with smoke machines and orange LEDs con- trolled by an Arduino UNO con- troller and a 4x4 driver shield. Visitors activate the “fire” by pushing a large red button on the fascia. Since bark beetle kill actually decimates many areas of the West, there are areas of the forest on the layout that are populated with “dead” orange- colored pines.


The layout depicts several major waterways, which were created using two-part cast resin materials. Prior to pouring the resin, the river beds were paint-


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