OVER THE YEARS, I have been repeatedly asked about the availability of model decals for various types of equipment used on the Yosemite Valley Railroad as well as equipment plans, route maps, more research information, etc. In response, I set up YOSEMITE MODELS as a way to encourage more modeling of the Yosemite Valley Railroad by making some of these items available.

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CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ITEMS

Each of these six "modeling" 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. They are called "modeling" sets since they also include modeling photos and modeling suggestions. My goal with these CDs is to share all of the information that I have accumulated which will help model various areas along the prototype YV. However, they are also of interest to general historians who would like more photos and information on the Yosemite Valley Railroad. All information has been saved in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Together, they include all of the photos I have collected of the Yosemite Valley Railroad since I began in 1967. The 12 CDs include over 2,400 photos of which 1,795 have never been published.

 

Modeling 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, etc., and the area between Merced and Snelling. There are 336 pages of prototype information on these two CDs plus 17 pages of color modeling photos. The two CDs include 321 prototype photos, of which 248 have never been previously published. There are 22 color prototype photos of the YV along this portion of the railroad. In addition, there is a list of all published photos of the area between Merced and Snelling as a general reference source (there are less than 6 known photos of this area which are not on one of these two CDs). In all, there is nearly 900 GB of information on these two CDs. This list summarizes the files on the CDs while here is a sample page from the file on the Merced Station (3.8 megs). The price of this two-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $20.00. Item M001

Modeling Merced to Snelling CD Set

 

 

Modeling Merced Falls CD - This CD is on Merced Falls. There are over 300 pages of information on this CD. It includes a copy of the 1938 Sanborn map of Merced Falls (at a scale of 1"=100') and 191 prototype photos, of which 144 have never been previously published. There is also a list of all published photos of Merced Falls as a general reference source. This list summarizes the files on the CD while here is a sample page from the file on the Lumber Mill (2.3 megs). 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 $15.00. Item M002

Modeling Merced Falls CD

 

 

 

Modeling 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 including 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 plus 18 pages of color modeling photos. The two CDs include 483 prototype photos, of which 363 have never been previously published. There are 50 color prototype photos of the YV in this section of the railroad. There is also a list of all published photos of the area between Merced Falls and North Fork as a general reference source (there are less than 40 known photos of this area which are not on one of these two CDs). In all, there is over 1.27 GB of information on this set. This list summarizes the files on the CDs while here is a sample page from the file on Tunnels 3 and 4 (4.8 megs). The price of this two-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $20.00. Item M003

Modeling E/o Merced Falls to E/o Bagby CD Set

 

 

Modeling North Fork to National Lead CD Set - This two-CD set covers the area between North Fork and National Lead. There are 334 pages of information on these two CDs and 31 pages of color modeling photos. They include 334 prototype photos, of which 199 have never been previously published. Not all of the photos are great and some are “grab shots” by amateur photographers but nearly all of them are interesting. There is also a list of all published photos of the area between North Fork and National Lead as a general reference source (there are less than two dozen known photos of this area which are not on one of these two CDs). In all, there is over 1.1 GB of information on this set. This list summarizes the files on the CDs while here is a sample page from the file on Briceburg (2.8 megs) and a sample page from Moss Canyon (6.8 megs). The price of this two-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $20.00. Item M004

Modeling North Fork to National Lead CD Set

 

 

Modeling El Portal CD - This CD covers El Portal. There are over 225 pages of information on this CD. It includes 167 prototype photos, of which 99 have never been previously published. There is also a list of all published photos of El Portal as a general reference source. This list summarizes the files on the CD while here is is a sample page from the file on the Standard Oil facility in El Portal (3.4 megs). 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 $12.00. Item M005

Modeling El Portal CD

 

 

 

Locomotives and Equipment CD Set - This set includes four CDs. There are over 930 pages of information on this CD. It includes 910 prototype photos, of which 742 have never been previously published. There are 23 historic color photos. This list summarizes the files on the CD. There is no modeling information on this set, only prototype photos. The price of this four-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $25.00. Item M006

Locomotives and Equipment CD Set

 

 

Compete CD Set - This set includes all six of the "modeling" CDs and CD sets...Modeling Merced to Snelling, Modeling Merced Falls, Modeling E/o Merced Falls to E/o Bagby, Modeling North Fork to National Lead, Modeling El Portal, and Locomotives and Equipment. There are over 2,400 photo on these 12 CDs. The price of this twelve-CD set, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $100.00, a savings of $12 over purchasing them individually. Item M007

Complete CD Set 

 

 

Drawings CD - I have compiled all of my scale YV drawings 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 are 11 pages each. There is over of 450 pages of information on this CD. As indicated on this detailed list of the drawings, 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 drawing for the El Portal station and several bridges. Here are a couple of pages of a drawing of M of W 06 for which I don't have a lot of prototype information and a page from the file for the Barrett station drawn from MID plans. The price of this CD, including U.S. domestic shipping, is $18.00. Item P001

Drawings CD

 

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 $8.00. Item R001

Route Maps CD

 

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 information 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 $12.00. Item R002

Research Resources CDs

 

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 $15.00. Item R003

Route Maps and Research Resources CD Pack

 

Caboose Decals - I have HO scale caboose decals for sale to letter any of the cabooses owned by the Yosemite Valley Railroad including the brass models imported by Westside Models and Beaver Creek Models. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $7/sheet including U.S. domestic postage; painting suggestions and lettering diagrams are included. One sheet will letter all seven of the cabooses owned by the railroad over the years. Item D001

Caboose Decals

 

Log Car Decals - I also have HO/O scale decals for the YV log cars available. Each set includes both HO and O scale lettering and is sufficient to letter one log car.  All road name variations (YOSEMITE VALLEY RAILROAD, YOSEMITE VALLEY RR, and YV) can be done in HO but only the abbreviated YV is included in O scale. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $7/sheet including U.S. domestic postage; painting suggestions and lettering diagrams are included. Item D002

Log Car Decals

 

Locomotive Decals - Decals for HO scale lettering all of the YV locomotives are now available. One decal set will letter the No. 20 and first No. 26 plus the remaining 8 engines in the original lettering style and also any 5 engines in the later "billboard" scheme. Thus, one sheet will letter all five of the Beaver Creek 2-6-0 engines during any era (original or billboard) or all 10 engines in the original scheme. If you are modeling the post 1930s and need to letter more than 5 engines, you would need two sets of decals. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $16/sheet including domestic postage; lettering diagrams are included. Item D003

Locomotive Decals

 

Box Car Decals - 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"; it takes two sheets to letter one car in this scheme due to the large size of the side lettering. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $8 per sheet including domestic postage; lettering diagrams are included. Item D004

Box Car Decals

 

HO Passenger Car Decals - 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 all three of the Beaver Creek passenger cars (105, 302, and 330). These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $8 per sheet including domestic postage; lettering diagrams are included. Item D006

HO Passenger Car Decals

 

 

 

Flat Car and Ballast Car Decals - I now have HO scale decals for the YV flat cars and ballast cars available. 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 latter 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. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $8 per sheet including U.S. domestic postage; painting suggestions and lettering diagrams are included. Item D007

Flat Car and Ballast Car Decals

 

 

Maintenance of Way Decals - I also have HO scale decals to letter all of the Maintenance of Way equipment. This single sheet will letter M of W 01 through 011. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $8 per sheet including U.S. domestic postage; painting suggestions and lettering diagrams are included. Item D008

Maintenance of Way Decals

 

O scale RPO Car Decals - Southern Car and Foundry has released a resin kit for an O scale version of YV RPO 107. This is an excellent kit for this unique car and the kit includes underbody details, laser-cut windows, and other details. These O scale decals provide all of the lettering needed to letter this car. These decals were printed by Rail Graphics and are $8 per sheet including domestic postage; lettering diagrams are included. Item D009

O scale RPO Car Decals

 

HO RPO Baker Heater Tank Casting - 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. These castings are $5 each including domestic postage; an installation plan and photo are included. Item C001

HO RPO Baker Heater Tank Casting

 

Hicks Locomotive and Car Works Pin - The Yosemite Valley Railroad purchased a set of three matched passenger cars in 1907 from the Hicks Locomotive and Car Works in Chicago. These cars were Combination Car 105, Coach 302, and Observation 330. Observation 330 is currently being restored for operation on the Niles Canyon Railway in Fremont, CA. To celebrate the centennial of this historic car, Sundance Marketing was commissioned to produce a commemorative custom lapel pin based on the unique design of the Hicks Locomotive and Car Works floor plate found in this observation car. (A floor plate covers access to the bolster pin on a passenger car.) This is a metal pin with a 24K polished gold raised rim and lettering and soft enamel in the recesses. It is provided with a standard clutch fastener. The pin is 3/4" in diameter. These pins are not available from other pin outlets. The price of one pin is $5.00 including domestic shipping. Item H001

Hicks Locomotive and Car Works Pin

 

YVRR Vernal Falls Logo Pin - This custom metal lapel pin features the YVRR Vernal Falls corporate logo. It has a standard clutch fastener, measures 1" across, and was manufactured in polished gold by All About Pins. The price of one pin is $5.00 including domestic shipping. Item H002

YVRR Vernal Falls Logo Pin

 

International Shipping on CDs and decals - International shipping (4-7 days) of any of the CDs or CD sets or for any of the decals or pins is available for an additional $5.00, regardless of the number of CDs or items. Item I001

International Shipping on CDs and decals

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