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Click on Track Map to download a full size copy (6.3 mb)TRACK PLAN

First built in 1979 by the owner and several friends, the original track was laid with aluminum rail and scale wooden ties.  As the interest in the railroad grew, more volunteers came to work & run their equipment and a group was chartered by the owner to build & maintain the railroad.  The group is self governing and is responsible for the upkeep & steady improvement of the facility in exchange for its use, partly financed by dues & partly by the owners. 

The route initially went around a small lake at the top left of the map but then was expanded to a double track that goes through a tunnel, up a nice grade and over a large bridge to get to a balloon loop.  By the late 1990's the original track was in bad shape and a major project was undertaken to replace all the track with steel rail. This has made maintenance much easier and improved the safety of the railroad.  Please visit the track features gallery for more photos along the line, pictures of bridges, trestles and tunnels. 

A massive expansion is now under way with the construction of the new Caboose Route.  When completed, this route will add 3,650 feet of track, where it ends in a loop around a full size caboose, with spectacular views of the lake & main yards.   Numerous trestles & bridges wind in & around the existing track, giving the railroad a certain kind of intrigue as trains will get a view of each other coming & going much more often as the center of the track becomes a spaghetti-bowl of route options.   Currently a 410 ft length consisting mostly of bridge & trestle work has been opened as an alternative route from Rabbit Flat to Alpine Summit.   You can see the planned and existing track in the PDF track map above.

In addition to the natural scenery and views offered by the PV&A, there are many scale buildings of interest.  These buildings were primarily built by Steve Waterfall who was a long time member of the railroad until his passing in 2011.  The buildings are being maintained and restored by the volunteers and our new shop area will allow this work to be carried on in the rainy season.  Some of the buildings have names of early contributors.  Photos of these buildings can be seen in the miniature buildings gallery.