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Friday, April 01, 2011

My Old San Diego Trolley Layout

You might think I'm trying to fool you but, believe it or not, before your ol' pal Dan D Sparks was modeling the old San Diego Electric, I used to have a layout featuring the "new" San Diego Trolley!

I came across some old photos of the old layout, so I thought I would share them with you. So here is the nickle tour:

The layout was built in a 12x12 foot bedroom in my apartment. Originally the layout started as a 2'x4' module that grew to take over my entire bedroom!

1. This is the scene that greeted you when you walked through the door. I absolutely fell in love with MTS Imports models of the Siemens/DuWag SD-100 LRVs when I saw one in my local hobby shop. So I saved up my nickles and dimes and purchased it. Which was no small feat at $300 a copy (that was a lot of money in the late 80s)! Eventually I was only able to collect 3 of the models.
2. Transit Center and Clock Tower built from Plastruct parts. The background was painted directly on the wall. Something I regretted when it was time to move out.

3. Visitors really loved peeking inside the American Plaza Station, it made for a nice scene.
After the layout was dismantled, I traded in the LRV models for some San Diego 4oo series class 5 trolleys from Pacific Traction. And that's how I got started modeling the old SDERy. MTS imports is apparently importing some more of the LRV Trolley models. I wonder how much they will cost this time around!

I have some more pictures of the layout somewhere. Maybe I'll post some more pix at the beginning of next April also. Yes sir! The beginning of next April also!



  1. Thank you! I fabricated it myself!

  2. Lies are the truths of the liar

  3. Incredible detail and determination to build a layout like that. That background had me fooled I thought it was a picture.

  4. Well technically it is a picture. Well... more that technically really. But I don't think it would take nearly as much determination as it did to build your layout! Now that's some nice work!

  5. Where did you get the palm trees in picture 2?

  6. Hart of the South Models makes outstanding palm tree kits:

  7. Looks like it was an amazing layout!! Do you have more pictures?

    1. That layout was too good to be true. I do have more pictures! I'll do a new post posting around... let me check my calendar... I would say about a month and a half. No later than the 1st of April of this year. You ask and you shall receive. Thanks!