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Steam & Electric Trains
(B.A.D. = Becky And Dave's)
(Our Private 15" Gauge Live Steam & Electric Railroad)

Update 6-14-08!
Finally delivery of our new Forney 0-4-4
Now for us to finish!

Click Here or Above Photo

To See Our New Forney Engine We Are Building
Now back to our Regular Page

Many thanks to Norm & Curtis, the engineer & brakeman
on the Disney Steam train for letting me ride in the cab last
Friday 11/3/06.

All Non-commercial, Private, at our home, large 15" gauge, Grand Scale Steam and Electric Railroad .... Everything was and is built locally from scratch. Becky and I have done and do as much as possible ourselves. and as of 4/17/05 our "Little Engine that Could" ... "Davey Boy" .... electric switcher engine was delivered ..... And in Nov 05 our all steel Warren Truss bridge that Dave Moeller and I built was placed with a 100 ton crane. .... And in May - August, 2006 we built and added another new switch, laid all the new rail to, over the new bridge and finishing loop #3. See photo below and a link to those new pages,

Our layout also features a 14' high functioning water tower, 50' train station, 65' tunnel, and a new Railroad Bridge, including a 68.5 foot long free span Warren Truss all steel section. David Moeller (engineer, neighbor) and I built it ... Melvin Harris gave us the indea of steel instead of wood and drew a sketch of one on his kitchen table ... Dave & I took it from there. I welded it all ... Becky says we should call the new railroad bridge (B&B) .... Brains and Brawn! .... Meet Brawny Hemp!... 09 I added a center support ... Not needed from an engineering standpoint, but just one more safety feature.


10/28/07 .... See our 0-4-4 Large Forney Steam Engine being built

5/27/07 .... Our Grandkids, Grandparents Train Party

5/25/07 .... Here also it a photo of the hand pump car speeder that I had Melvin build for us ..... the genius he is ...he designed and built this hand car with a 50's Ford 4 speed gear box. Dave Moeller and I picked it up 5/25/07

Our new "Draisine" (German for Hand Car Speeder)

5/19/07 .... finished another switch ... a #8 size this time and finished tying our #2 loop back into our main #3 loop.

8/6/06 ...... We placed our gold splice bar and bolts today finishing our 4 year phase 3 project by tying our new phase 3 loop into our main line!!!!!! I still have about 130' of deep fill and 1" crushed granite to place under the last section of track .. But it is now connected!

...Finishing our phase #3 loop out over the bridge and back across our land fill bridge and into our tunnel.

8/12/06 ... Dave & I finished with all the road bed this morning ... Dave & I worked till noon yesterday and then I went out again from 5 - 10 pm ... worked in the dark with my head mounted LED spot light. Dave, Becky & I took our Maiden Voyage this morning ... It is wonderful!!! Smooth and it takes about 6 minutes non stop and that is loop 3 without any repeat track. We will usually stop with our passengers on our bridge, at our view point if Mt. Shasta is visible, and at 3 road crossings making the loop about 10 minutes long. We then still have loop one and loop 2 we can switch onto if we wish. Prolly won't do that unless we have 2 or more engines running at once.

7/22/2006 .... We now have almost 3/4 mile of total track laid.
Yesterday Dave Moeller and I set up with level and lasser, welded, placed and blocked 90' of straight rail and today we did another 30'. ,,,, We only have about another 120 feet of track to lay to finish our summer project

6/17/06 ... I started at 6 am and reinforced an old curve, Dave Moeller came by shortly after and we worked straight thru till 2:30 pm ... 100 degrees in the shade but a nice breeze and no humidity ... We poured the concrete for and placed our full sized switch stand.
We also finished restoring our work flat car. (The beginning of our Phase #3 track here also) It is the same car Melvin loaned us 8 years ago to use with his little speeder when we put in all the ballast during phase #1 ...See photos there. I bought it from him and we replaced all the bearings and all the wood with wood cut at Melvin's steam powered saw mill. We can now use this to move rail and the welder on across the bridge along with all our tools.
Also be sure and visit our Phase #2 Track addition. tunnel and train barn. ..... Also today we moved our entire train minus the flat car (which makes it about 80' long) onto the bridge while we were testing the switch with all our rolling stock ... See the photos here of our trains on the bridge..... See the 30' Wingard Windmill I am building

6/10/06 ... After 2 years of planning and building today is a milestone on our 8 year layout ... we now as of today have track thru our new stubb switch that Dave Moeller and I also built from scratch and custom made in place to fit our existing curve. The test trucks ran thru this switch as smooth as butter!!! We also extended our straight section to and over our new bridge! ... Here are some short movies I have also added to our movie page you can also access below on this page. These new movies show our first trip with "Davey Boy" our electric yard goat over the new Warren Truss all steel bridge we placed last November just before the winter rains. Plus see more photos our new Switch web site! ( Part of Phase #3 also)...... Also, be sure to check out Our New Forney Style Steam Engine Being Built

A note .... After building this switch, and granted it may be one of the only ones ever built directly into an existing straight and an existing curve and probably much harder than building one seperately that can replace any straight section. But, Dave & have only the greatest respect for anyone that builds these things! I used to think Hillcrest and Harmer Steel and others charged way to much. Not so! ... these things really take a lot of engineering, planning, time and the utmost care and patience! .... If we had to build these for someone else we'd charge a LOT MORE than they do!

Before starting these movies ... stop the music at the top of this page first and turn you volume way up to hear the great steel on steel sound.
  1. 8/13/06 - Steam Movie - Phase #3
  2. 6/10/06 - 1 Crossing New Bridge Movie
  3. 6/10/06 - 2 Crossing New Bridge Movie
  4. 6/10/06 - 3 Crossing New Bridge Movie
  5. 6/10/06 - 4 Crossing New Bridge Movie
  6. 7/13/06 - Crossing Bridge & Beyond Movie
  7. 8/12/06 - More Phase 3 Movie
  8. 8/12/06 - More Phase 3 Movie
  9. 8/12/06 - More Phase 3 Movie
  10. 8/12/06 - More Phase 3 Movie
  11. 8/12/06 - More Phase 3 Movie
    I had only 15 seconds for this 5th movie and a lot of track to cover to show some of the latest track on the far side of the bridge ... I am really flying here and still couldn't get it all in .... the last section is passable but has only the wood and steel ties and no road bed yet. ... More to follow. Do have some stills I will put up on the phase #3 and flat car page.

    And on the still photo just below this we are now as of 7/13/06 all the way around to the telephone pole in the background.
    Update 7/16/06 ... We are now up to the far left side of the photo below.

    Switch almost finished ... Derailer guards placed and almost ready to add splice bars and weld into place. This is also where we will be building 2 more switches for our Y to turn our train around and run in the opposite direction. Before this though we have to build the one on the other side of our new tunnel back into our main line.

    David Moeller
    My very good friend, neighbor, engineer and train nut too ...
    Dave ... I'll have that bacon crispy & the eggs over medium ( ; >)

    Becky and myself ... Doc Hemp
    (6/30/06 - Is our 43rd Wedding Anniversary)
    If it weren't for my wonderful wife's support
    NONE of this could ever have happened!

    ZERO Deflection in the 3" crown we built into this all Steel Warren Truss Bridge. An electric, steam double header. With our long flat car attached we would have about an 80' train now.

5/17/06 - Dave Moeller and I have already started in designing and building our own multiple custom in place switches. We are building them into our existing curves and straights utilizing the already in place curved track without needing to pre build or bend hardly any additional track. We will be getting our load of new track, spilce bars and 3 new full sized and reconditioned switch stands any day now!
The huge loop of additional track will be going over the new Warren Truss bridge Dave & Built last summer and loop back across the land bridge on the other side .....I am also adding another switch, rail and stall to the train barn. ...... By the end of this summer we should have 3 main large loops we can take.

2/12/06 Udate .. Finally another perfect day today ... 80 degrees, Went to Gerlinger Steel and picked up 2 junk pieces of 10" wide X 1/8" Thick by 50" long flat bar .... Designed and built a whole new bracket and support system for the tables in our passenger cars. Welded the base plate of the table to the flat bar and cut 2" Channel to finish off the sides .... 6 screws hold the whole thing in solid as a rock now!

Also, be sure to visit our movie section .. links below

Click on the photo above of my mom & our grandson Bryan
To see how our caboose was built by Jay Snavely & Jerry Nash

Blowing down the cylinders on Xmas Eve 2004 before leaving the station ...
Thank You Ed Ruether for these photos

Night time Runnning
Fund raiser N. CA Cancer Society

(Click here)

Or on photo to see more of our new electric switcher engine
"Davey Boy" - "The Little Engine That Could!'

Click on a photo button in the table below
To visit our other train pages.
All have extensive Photos

Watch Movies
Of our Steam
Engine "Bubba"

See Bubba
Our Grandson
With his namesake

Ray Bennett
Removing Soot
From Boiler Tubes

Friends Ride
Passenger car
Penberthy Injector

Photos of
The Water Tower
and Train Station

Horseless Carriage
Regions visit and
Go for train rides

Doc & Friends
Ride in full size
S. P. Locomotive

More Photos
Gas Speeder
For Ballast, etc


Bubba's Tender
Water Tank
Propane Fuel

More Photos
"Little Bubba"
And Friends

Mel Harris's
Locomotive Works
Bubba being built

First Phase
of our track
and layout

Mel Nethery's
Great G Scale
Garden Railroad

Redeem Steam
& Bring Back
The Packard!

Skunk Train and
other full sized
Steam Train Rides

Friends and their
Full Sized Diesel

Grand Scales
Greg Robinson


    Kathy's Photos!
  4. 5/27/07 - Our Grandparents, Grandkids Americana Party
    At our Home riding in our steam and electric trains.
  5. A Night Time Ride With a Full Moon
    "Uncle Joe", Cecil & Joanna Ride with us on our dinner train.
  6. See a typical Cancer Society Fund Raiser at Shenandoah West
  7. 2002 Shasta 1&2 Cylinder Brass Tour visits our railroad
  8. Tri Counties 1999 HCCA Tour visits our railroad
  9. PCR/NMRA Ride our train
  10. Building our Forney Steam engine Page #1
  11. Building our Forney Steam engine Page #2
  12. Building our Forney Engine and OUR OLD WESTERN TOWN Page#3
  13. Building our Forney Steam engine Page #4
  14. See Our Newest Electric Switcher Engine! "DAVEY BOY"
  15. See how our (Becky & Dave's) Caboose was built
  16. See the Windguard Windmill I built for our Western Town
  17. Building Phase #3 of our layout
  18. Go To Our New Custom Built Stub Switch Site
    See how Dave Moeller and I are building this difficult and seldom used type switch into and existing curve.
  19. Visit Our Fabrication of Our Own Warren Truss Bridge Page #1
  20. See Our Bridge moved into place with a 100 Ton Crane 11/19/05!
  21. Visit our 5/04 Second Phase Track & Tunnel Development!
  22. See Photos of B.A.D. Great Northern Railroad by Matt Starman.
  23. Steps To Steaming up "Little Bubba"
  24. See Russ & Suzy Robinson's New Grand Scale Layout
    Russ and Suzy are good friends of ours .. I do his web site for him ... I took most of the photos 11/05.
  25. Visit Another Friends Grand Scale website I did too .. Jim Berskin


    July 25-31, 2009 - World Wide Country Tours .. Hundreds of GREAT PHOTOS! Pikes Peak Railway, Royal Gorge Railroad, Cumbres/Toltec in New Mexico, Durango/Silverton, and Leadville.
  28. Becky and I ride the famous steamer #844 Northern May 02/09
    From Orville, CA to Portola, CA via the beautiful Feather River Canyon.
  29. The Last Trip on McCloud Steam Engine #25 - I was official photographer
  30. The Brooklyn Roundhouse in Portland oregon
    My favorite railroad place in the world!
  31. Becky, Dave & Syney Iris Ride the Yreka Western Railroad A 6/07 train adventure
  32. May 2004 3000 mile driving trip Lots of Trains & Train stuff
    A must trip to take with us day by day! Over 200 hours into this site .. many many photos. Pacific Norhtwest to Canada & Back. See the Izaac Walton Railroad Inn.
  33. Grand Canyon Train Trip in Sept 04!
    Grand Canyon Train trip from Williams Arizona to Grand Canyon and back. Lots of exclusive flood photos from the train!
  34. NEW! ...Visit Monument Valley with us too!
    Still part of our Sept 04 Trip.
  35. Our Sept 04 Pics of the Grand Canyon,
    Bryce and Zion Canyon National Parks Too
  36. Our Durango & Silverton Steam Train Trip in Sept 04
  37. Our White Pass Railroad Trip - Skagway Alaska
  38. Our August 2005 R.V. and Train Vacation!!!
    Finally Done now that the rains are here ... 7 pages with hundreds of photos.
  39. Our Staff, Xmas Party McCloud Dinner Train
  40. See my Photos of Rail Fair 2006 Dunsmuir Ca
  41. My photos of the Challenger
    On it's run thru Redding to Portland! This is the
    3rd largest operating Steam locomotive in the world!
  42. Visit Grand Scale Quaterly's 2003 Convention!
    All photos by Doc Hemp
  43. See the Grand Scales Quarterly Article B.A.D. G.N.R. ... When we first started.
  44. Return to Our B.A.D. Chariots
  45. Return to Our Dental Site
  46. See Our (Becky & Dave's) Favorite G Scale Locomotive
    We have a little bit of G Scale stuff we run at Xmas and out back on the deck for the kids to run and we have some of it displayed in our dental office as well. We love trains of all sizes and Scale and otherwise.
  47. John Woods Arborway 15" Railroad
    This is by far the best Grand Scale Railroad in the USA!
    I was very saddened today to learn of John's death in a motorcyle accident .. this also hits home because Becky and I both ride a lot too. I have been riding and racing for over 40 yrs. now. Discover Live Steam article about John
  48. The Arizona & Pacific Railroad
  49. Large Scale Railroading Magazine
    This is a Brand New Magazine .. a must to see! By John Sayer of the Arizona & Pacifice Railroad.
  50. Grand Scale RailFest, Reedly Ca... Oct 14 - 15, 2006
  51. Send Email To Dave & Becky Hemp.
  52. Click on our cool links animation below for the other train links we used to have here. Ran out of room here.
  53. SCRPS - Shasta Cascade Rail Preservation Society
  54. Riding Railkits - Start Your Back Yard Hobby Here! .. Rod Johnston is another dentist that loves trains. He is the John Johnston of the comic strip "For Better or Worse".
    His specialty is the smaller ride aboard and most affordable scale home railroad that can be used on small or large plots of land as recently featured on the show "Tracks Ahead".
    Please visit his Riding Railkits website and tell em Doc Hemp Sentcha!

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