The Live Oak and Northern is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Railroad. It is a major bridge line for traffic heading to and from the Mid-West and was originally built in the 1920's. The route fell into disrepair, but was recently rebuilt and upgraded due to increased traffic volume, along with it's easy grade through the mountains. Trackage rights were granted to the Union Pacific and Santa Fe, and their trains will be seen when their main route is blocked by heavy snow or rock slides. Quite often pool power is seen running on the rails from such railroads as the Western Pacific, Union Pacific, and the D&RGW.
Two towns are located on this division. They are the rural town of Lakeview, which is primarily agrricultural, and Riverside, which has several business that require freight cars for loading and unloading.
Riverside has a small yard and engine facility which can make light repairs. It is a far cry from the glory days of steam when a complete shop existed on the property. Sanding and fueling facilities are still available. The small yard has a dedicated switcher on call to work the local industries, and also for the interchange track. Recent plans have called for making the yard larger, and for increasing the size of the servicing facilities.
The layout has two 300 foot parallel main lines that wind around a large oak tree and through a raised area that is approximately 1400 square feet. They run through a 12 foot long by 4 foot high mountain that has a waterfall at each end. All track is powered by two Aristo Ultima 10 Amp power packs. All turnouts use either Sunset Valley or Tenmille manual throws. Future expansion is planned for the northern end.
Relax and enjoy the views of trains running on our railroad. Our time frame is set from 1949 through 1959, when an unparalled variety of motive power was seen running on our major railroads. Brightly painted passenger diesels passed ancient steam working local freights. Majestic main line steam passed yards worked by new diesel switchers, or paused to have an F-Unit helper added for the grade. Commuters rode to work behind a 4-6-2 and rode home behind an RS-3.
All motive power is Aristo or USA in 1/29 scale.
THE LIVE OAK AND NORTHERN HISTORY
Many people have helped me with various projects on our garden layout. I would specifically like to thank Bob Whipple for all his help with my RDC modifications, the Aristo tower modifications, and the additional detailing and painting that went into the Aristo Blue Comet Pacific. I would also like to thank Emil Tancredi for his help with the fluorescent lighting installation in my Aristo RDC. All of these projects can be found in the my TIPS section of this web site. "TOC" aka Dave Goodson has been a tremendous source of information for all my Sierra sound installations. Last but not least, I want to thank Gary Nichols for letting me shoot pictures on his layout, and for the many turnout and other tips he has given me over the years. His layout was victim of our hurricane and no longer exists, but the photos capture what is once was.