This is an introduction to a great layout that I have had the pleasure of operating numerous times. It is the product of B. Smith’s experience as a 1:1 scale railroader and his love of West Texas, Colorado and many other western locales including his native California.
The Limpia Canyon Northern, the LCN, is a proto-freelanced layout set in dual eras. B. Smith cut his teeth as a professional railroader in the 1990s but he fell in love with railroads in the 1970s. As a result, his layout has the novel approach of having one town on the layout set in the late-1960s/early 1970s and the rest are set in 1990.
The layout is point-to-point and all shelf. I learned from him the lack of any need for being able to run trains in a loop. Since meeting the LCN, ALL my layouts have been point-to-point. I’ve never looked back for a second.
Only Sanderson is set in the 1970s. This is a great added bonus. This allows B. Smith to break out his Alcos and boxcars with roof walks and cabooses and have a great time serving a small town with a lot of carload traffic. When operating in the 1990s, one just eases through Sanderson without skipping a beat. It’s just a small western town that time passed by.
The next post will feature a town-by-town description. For now, enjoy a few random scenes along the LCN.
In the next post, we will start with Pecos and start working our way to Magdalena.
‘Til next time!