Back on the 7th of December I shared Rails West’s post about the San Fernando Valley Branch. Happy day – he’s back with another installment from the memoirs of B Smith’s adventures in the area in the early 1970s. And while this is specific to those modelling the SP in the Hollywood North area, the depth of information in this article will be important to those looking to model traffic density on a freelanced layout too. Enjoy and looking forward to the next part of this article.
In an earlier post, I shared B. Smith’s excellent coverage SP action in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s. In this post, we will drill down a little further into the nuts and bolts of the line’s operations again in the early 1970s with a few new photos, maps and field notes made by B. Smith as he documented the line in 1972. This will be very useful for people interested in modelling the line and give the rest of us food for thought as to how many lines operated in the 1970s and somewhat beyond.
Here’s an overview map to start (Each of the boxes will have detailed maps and field notes to follow. All the photos were taken July 20, 1972 and copyright B. Smith)–
Let’s head east to west and visit a little around the North Hollywood area to start.
The San Fernando Valley…
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