Model Layouts

Central Valley Model Works

October 10, 2010

Central Valley Model Works (CVMW) Layout display and model manufacturing shop tours. This is the well known layout created by the late Jack Parker. 1203 Pike Lane, Oceano. Jack began this layout in 1988. The often photographed scenes depict Logan, Montana. While considerable "artistic license" has been taken with the actual arrangement of Logan, the layout allows the simulation of the actual operation of Northern Pacific trains going to and from St. Paul and Tacoma in the late 1940s. The layout room is a generous 17' x 50'-plus an extra eight-foot extension on the east end for return loops. The track is, of course, Central Valley CVT. That product was designed and developed for and then used on this layout. Jack's good friend and fellow N.P. model railroader David Coster helped design the layout and also did all of the wiring. The layout features a great roster of detailed brass steam locomotives and these all are tuned and weighted to pull scale length trains.

More photos on the CVMW website.