Each of these six Prototype Photo CD sets provides prototype photos of the area covered by the set, most of which have never been published. With a few exceptions, all of the photos are 8" wide for horizontal format photos or 7" high for vertical format photos. All information has been saved in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. (You can download the free Acrobat Reader from Abobe.) The 12 CDs include over 2,400 photos of which 1,795 have never been published. They also include some modeling photos and modeling suggestions.
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Prototype Photos - Merced to Snelling CD Set
This two-CD set covers Merced plus the area from Merced to Snelling. Subjects include the early and later SP stations in Merced, buildings in the Merced yards including the station, roundhouse, water and oil tanks, sand house, and more, and the area between Merced and Snelling. There are 336 pages of prototype information on these two CDs plus 17 pages of color model photos. The two CDs include 321 prototype photos. There are 22 color prototype photos of the YV along this portion of the railroad. This sample page is from the file on the Merced Station. The price of this two-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $22.00. Item M001
Prototype Photos - Merced Falls CD
This CD covers Merced Falls and includes over 300 pages of information. It includes a copy of the 1938 Sanborn map of Merced Falls (at a scale of 1"=100') and 191 prototype photos. This sample page is from the file on the Lumber Mill. Modeling information is included for a number of the buildings along with model photos of 4 structures. The price of this CD, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $16.00. Item M002
Prototype Photos - E/o Merced Falls to E/o Bagby CD Set
This two-CD set covers the area from east of Merced Falls to east of Bagby. Subjects include the tunnels; the bridges built as part of the relocation project including the Barrett Bridge; Jasper; Detwiler; Kittridge; the Bagby Bridge; Bagby; and the area between Bagby and North Fork. There are 475 pages of information on these two CDs. The two CDs include 483 prototype photos. There are 50 color prototype photos of the YV in this section of the railroad. This sample page is from the file on Tunnels 3 and 4. The price of this two-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $22.00. Item M003
Prototype Photos - North Fork to National Lead CD Set
This two-CD set covers the area between North Fork and the National Lead Company. There are 334 pages of information on these two CDs and 31 pages of color modeling photos. They include 334 prototype photos. Not all of the photos are great and some are “grab shots” by amateur photographers but nearly all of them are interesting. This is a sample page from the file on Briceburg and a sample page from Moss Canyon. The price of this two-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $22.00. Item M004
Prototype Photos - El Portal CD
This CD covers El Portal. There are over 225 pages of information on this CD. It includes 167 prototype photos. This is a sample page from the file on the Standard Oil facility in El Portal. Modeling information is included for a number of the buildings along with model photos of several structures and an overview of the El Portal area on my layout. The price of this CD, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $16.00. Item M005
Locomotives and Equipment CD Set
This set includes four CDs with over 930 pages of information. It includes 910 prototype photos. There are 23 historic color photos. There is no modeling information on this set, only prototype photos. The price of this four-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $26.00. Item M006
Complete CD Set
This set includes all six of the Prototype Photo CDs and the Equipment CD sets:
There are over 2,400 photos on these 12 CDs. The price of this twelve-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $105.00, a savings of 15% over purchasing them individually. Item M007
Over the years, I have prepared CAD (computer-aided drafting) scale plans for most of the YV structures and equipment as well as numerous other buildings. These are all compiled onto a single CD. There are 90 files on this CD covering 102 different buildings and pieces of equipment. The majority of the files include not only plans but also photos, historical information, and modeling suggestions. The typical file is 4 pages long with 1-2 pages of drawings, a page of information, and a 1-2 pages of additional photos. However, other files are much longer; the Caboose file is 27 pages long while the Merced Station and Merced Roundhouse files are 11 pages each. There are over of 450 pages of information on this CD. As indicated on this detailed list, drawings are included for every station on the line except for Pleasant Valley, for every building in the Merced yards, several water tanks, much of the M of W equipment, etc. Buildings range from single-hole outhouses to a scan of the original construction drawings for the El Portal station and several bridges. Here are a couple of pages of a drawing of M of W 06 which was drawn from photo interpretation and a page from the file for the Barrett station drawn from Merced Irrigation District plans. The price of this CD, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $20.00. Item P001
Route Maps CD
This CD contains copies of 99 original engineering route maps of the railroad. The maps are 11x14 in size and are at a scale of 1"=800'; they overlap on both edges. The maps are saved at a resolution of 200 dpi (.jpg format) and are approximately 3-4 megs each in size. You will need a program capable of viewing .jgp format files such as Photoshop Elements or MS Photo Editor. To print the maps (unless you can print 11x14 drawings), you will need the ability to either reduce the size of the images or have a program which will allow you to select Print to Fit. The maps cover the entire original route of the Yosemite Valley Railroad from Merced to El Portal. An additional group of maps covers the 1920s relocation from Merced Falls to Detwiler. The maps show right-of-way, track alignment, original sidings, bridges, the Merced River and other water courses, and some railroad buildings. Here is a sample of one of the pages on this CD showing the original trackage at Pleasant Valley. The price of this CD, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $10.00. Item R001
Research Resources CDs
This two-CD set is a compilation of some of the research resources used to write my book, Trains to Yosemite. There are over 520 individual files on these two CDs. Most are Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files with the rest saved as MS Excel (.xls) files. The files range from original Yosemite Valley Railroad company files and magazine articles to oral interviews, ICC reports, California Railroad Commission Inventories, analysis of traffic spreadsheets, and examples of timetables over the years. The files are indexed for easier reference. Here are a couple of samples from this CD: a page from the CRC 1914 report and a copy of an original report on loads. The price for this two-CD pack, including domestic shipping, is $13.00. Item R002
Route Maps and Research Resources CD Pack
This option includes both the Route Maps CD and the Research Resources CDs (three CDs total). The price of all three CDs, including domestic shipping, is $16.00, a savings of 30% over purchasing them individually. Item R003
Only 11 sets left.
These HO scale caboose decals will provide lettering for any of the cabooses owned by the Yosemite Valley Railroad including the brass models imported by West Side Models and Beaver Creek Models. One sheet will letter all seven of the cabooses owned by the railroad over the years. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and painting suggestions and lettering diagrams are included. The price is $10.00 per sheet including U.S. domestic postage. Item D001
Log Car Decals
These decals have sold out.
Only 1 set left.
YV locomotives were originally lettered with the locomotive number on the tender and the road name spelled out on the cab (similar to the AT&SF). In the mid-1920s, the locomotives still on the roster were repainted and lettered in the "billboard" scheme with the road name on the tender and the locomotive number on the cab (similar to the SP). The first two engines were sold before the change in lettering style and thus were never lettered in the billboard scheme. This HO scale decal set will provide lettering for all of the YV locomotives.
One decal set will letter either:
1) All 10 engines owned by the YV (20, first No. 26 plus the 21, 22, 23, 25, second 26, 27, 28, and 29) in the original lettering style with the locomotive number on the tender and the road name on the cab; or
2) The No. 20 and first No. 26 in the original lettering style plus any 5 engines in the later "billboard" scheme with the road name on the tender and the locomotive number on the cab.
If you are modeling the post mid-1920s with the billboard scheme and want to letter all seven engines in service at that time (22, 23, 25, second 26, 27, 28, and 29), you will need two sets of decals. Lettering diagrams are included. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $18 per sheet including domestic postage.Item D003
Box Car Decals
These decals have sold out.
These HO decals will letter any of the 13 box cars acquired by the YV in 1907 and later. The decal sheet includes side and end lettering (together with capacity and repack lettering). One sheet will letter two box cars in the simplified scheme used in later years. Lettering is also included for the early factory scheme with the large "Y", "V", and "RR" shown at the top of the sheet; it takes two sheets to letter one car in this scheme due to the large size of the side lettering. Lettering diagrams are included. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $10.00 per sheet. Item D004
HO Passenger Car Decals
Only 10 sets left.
These decals provide all of the lettering needed to letter any of the various passenger cars owned by the YV including RPO 107, combines 105 and 106, coaches 302-305 and observation cars 330 and 331. One decal sheet will letter:
RPO 107 and
- One of the combination cars (106 or 106); and
- One coach (302 or 303 or 304 or 305); and
- One observation car; (330 or 331)
One sheet will thus letter all of the available brass passenger cars (RPO 107, Combine 105, Coach 302, and Observation 330). Lettering diagrams are included. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $10.00 per sheet including domestic postage. Item D006
Flat Car and Ballast Car Decals
Only 17 sets left.
These HO scale decals are for the YV flat cars and ballast cars. One set will letter 2 flat cars and 1 ballast car. The flat car decals include both the original YOSEMITE VALLEY lettering scheme and the later YV lettering scheme. All 12 flat car numbers (501-512) are included and all 6 ballast car numbers, together with capacity and other data. In addition, lettering is provided for the original flat car shown on Page 19 of Railroads of Yosemite Valley. Painting suggestions and lettering diagrams are included. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $10.00 per sheet including U.S. domestic postage. Item D007
Maintenance of Way Decals
Only 5 sets left.
These HO scale decals will letter all of the later Maintenance of Way equipment, M of W 01 through 011. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $10.00 per sheet including U.S. domestic postage; painting suggestions and lettering diagrams are included. Item D008
O scale RPO Car Decals
Only 8 sets left.
Southern Car and Foundry has a resin kit for an O scale version of YV RPO 107. This is an excellent kit for this unique car. These O scale decals provide all of the lettering needed to letter this car. Lettering diagrams are included. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $9.00 per sheet including domestic postage. Item D009
HO RPO Baker Heater Tank Casting
Only 1 casting left.
Yosemite Valley Railroad RPO 107 featured a Baker heater which included a roof-mounted expansion tank as shown in the prototype photo. None of the available brass models of 107 include this distinctive detail. Jon Cagle of Southern Car Foundry kindly produced a master of this tank and has cast it in resin. The casting fits all of the available brass models. An installation plan and photo are included. These castings are $6.00 each including domestic postage. Item C001