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Diablo Valley Lines

In Read, View on September 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

The members of the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society operate one of the largest model train lines in the U.S.  The layout for their model covers 1,700 square feet and can accommodate up to 10 trains simultaneously.

A port serviced by the Diablo Valley Lines.  Photo by Jim Merithew.

A port serviced by the Diablo Valley Lines. Photo by Jim Merithew.

Nearly a mile of track winds through the layout’s miniature landscapes and tiny towns, featuring replicas of a wide variety of structures and scenery. Craggy yellow hills, made of wood and wire mesh, rise well above eye level.

Though the terrain is not modeled on any place in particular, its dusky hues evoke what member Ted Moreland calls “freelance western railroad.”

The level of detail here is amazing.  Click through for many more photos, including one of the miniature railroad ties and spikes they lay by hand.

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