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An N scale loading ramp for Bakersfield

Read the N Scale Insight column from the January 2018 Model Railroader
In the 1980s the Santa Fe’s Bakersfield yard used a down-and-dirty ramp to handle local piggyback service. Jim Kelly used a Micro-Trains 89-foot American Car & Foundry flatcar to represent the prototype. Follow along to copy this simple project
Roen Kelly photos

In 1979, Jim FitzGerald, remembered fondly by many of us N scalers as Mr. Ntrak, introduced me to the Tehachapi Loop and its environs, and my model railroading fate was sealed forever.

I wrote a remembrance of Jim in the May 2014 Model Railroader for my N Scale Insight column. You can read it at along with the rest of these columns. (They’re all under the “How-To” heading in the topics listed across the top of the page.)

A year or two after being introduced to Tehachapi, Jim and I were back at the Santa Fe yard in Bakersfield. This time I was loaded with about a dozen rolls of film and the intent to photograph everything in sight as reference material for designing and building my layout.

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Plan and design an around the room track plan.

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