GEHAMS’s N-scale layout located on the 2nd floor of the commercial building J.J. Newberry's in downtown Bakersfield, California. is approximately 18’ X 90’, in size, and has 17.4 scale miles of mainline track. This layout also represents a strong Santa Fe and Southern Pacific influence to local railroad properties of KERN County.
The focal point of the layout presents our rendition of the World Famous Tehachapi Loop, which was constructed by our resident NMRA AP credited scenery specialist Mike OBrien, to portray a very accurate presentation of the real Tehachapi Loop, by using Topographical and Google Earth measurements. The fairly large scene includes Sandcut, Caliente, the Tunnels and scratch built bridge..
Other scenes include...... The Northern staging yard which was added, in 2005, and has 6 UP staging tracks and 4 BNSF tracks, and this staging yard represents locations to the North and West of Bakersfield.
A freelanced version of Downtown Bakersfield including the Passenger Station and Industrial complex which is being updated by another NMRA Ap credited member Doug Wagner.... a large representation of the Bakersfield yard, and a section of scenery representing the area of Edison which is one the main potato processing industry of the state.
Other scenery depicts the landscapes typical of southern California with citrus orchards, oilfields, small towns and industrial facilities such as petroleum refineries and loading racks, packing sheds, lumber yards, cattle pens, warehouses, and manufacturing businesses. there's is a representation of Tehachapi with a passenger station and yard which services mainline traffic and the small branch line of Kernville which has been recently updated by another one of GEHAMS very talented sceniteers John Donaldson.
Mojave, previously a 10 track staging yard, recently went thru a make over from the original staging yard to a 5 track staging, interchange. classification configuration to set up trains on. Also 2 track passenger siding has been added to accommodate thru passenger traffic and our most recent addition is the branch line of Trona a freelanced view of one the states historical mining processes...
The layout also uses a Digitrax radio command system, supported by 5 boosters and home built power supplies. The layout wiring has been completely redone by the expertise of Don Wright.... and the brains of the layout has been upgraded to the new duplex system with a DCS240 command station which accommodates the layout to allow both tethered and radio control of trains. the layout is also WiFi ready for smart and I phones to be used as throttles. The N-scale layout also has a newly redesigned dispatch desk using JMRI's Panel Pro system to operate trains on the layout.