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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
This set includes all six of the Prototype Photos and 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
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
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
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