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 and more volunteers came to work, and run their equipment, a group was chartered by the owner to expand and maintain the railroad.
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 1990s the original track was in bad shape and a major project was undertaken to replace all the aluminum rail with steel rail. This has made maintenance much easier and improved the safety of the railroad. Please visit the scenic tour gallery for photos along the line, pictures of bridges, trestles, and tunnels.
A massive expansion is now underway 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 and main yards. Numerous trestles and bridges wind in and around the existing track, giving the railroad a certain kind of intrigue as trains will get a view of each other coming and going much more often as the center of the track becomes a spaghetti-bowl of route options. Currently, a 410 ft length of track consisting mostly of bridge and trestle work has been opened as an alternative route from Rabbit Flat to Alpine Summit. You can see plans and existing track in the track map above. Click on the map to view a full sized version.