It Was So Good We're Doing It Again

Operating action on the large layout of the Highland Pacific Railroad.

Operating action on the large layout of the Highland Pacific Railroad.

The 2019 Spring Open House and Swap Meet is scheduled for June 1st and 2nd. A revival of an old Highland Pacific Railroad tradition, two open house weekends each year, is back with the end-of=spring Open House. We will be hosting and on-site swap meet for the first time in many years.

What: 2019 Spring Open House and Swap Meet
When: Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd.
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm;
Sunday, Noon to 5 pm
Swap meet: Saturday, 7:30 to 10 am
Where: 854 Broadway, San Gabriel
Cost: Always free

In addition to the swap meet and layout operations there will be a special operating Lego train layout on display, big raffle, food sales, and live action video of riding the model trains over the large club layout.

Calling All Members: Quarterly Business Meeting Scheduled for April 10th

HPRR Logo No alpha.png

The next regularly scheduled business meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

What: Quarterly Business Meeting
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8 PM
Where: Highland Park Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Inc.
854 Broadway, San Gabriel, CA 91776

This meeting could be one of the most consequential business meetings in the past several years. In addition to the usual business reports and department reports, discussions will begin on possible modifications to the east side of the layout. An increasing number of our members are aging and now rarely visit the east side of the layout because of the difficulty in navigating the duck under to Underhill/Greely. This meeting will consider several options to changing the current layout design.

Come join discussion. Remember: this is a discussion not an argument.

Closed! (for now …)


The club rooms of the Highland Park Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Inc. are closed. For now.

Non-dues paying termites have taken up residence in the club and are about to be unceremoniously evicted. A professional termite company has “tented” the club house in preparation for gassing the pests.

The clubhouse is closed until tenting is removed on Thursday, December 20th.

Merry Christmas to all.

70th Anniversary Open House A Resounding Success

The Open House Operating Crew on the Final Day of the 70th Anniversary Highland Park Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Inc. Open House

The Open House Operating Crew on the Final Day of the 70th Anniversary Highland Park Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Inc. Open House

Moms, dads, and kids of all ages waited in anticipation of getting in to be able see, up close and personal, the mighty Highland Pacific Railroad.

After 5 days and 25 hours of showing off the Highland Pacific Railroad has come to a close. The extra days and extra hours demonstrated why the Highland Park Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Inc. Has one of the better-known, larger model railroad clubs in the greater Los Angeles basin.

Activities included operations, displays, Lego Railroad, food sales, and a big raffle. The schedule of events, getting the layout and clubroom in shape, and detailed planning were the work of Steve Smith, Sr., who served as Open House Chief.

Those in the picture, kneeling from left: Steve Smith, Sr., Assistant Superintendent and Open House Chief, Jack Ross, Marc Thrasher, Pete DeBeers. Standing from left: Gerry Willis, General Superintendent, Bill Chappell, Dave Dodds, James Keena, Paymaster, Dave Flynn, Bruce Turner, Lindsay Smith, Chief Clerk, Cliff Bender, Ray Olesen, Arie Korporaal, Jerry Duncan.

Come Run Your Train on the Highland Pacific HO Scale Model Railroad

Attention Model Railroaders and Train Enthusiasts:

The Highland Pacific Model Railroad Club in San Gabriel will be holding a TRAIN RUNNING SESSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Santa Fe F3 17 waits with the Super Chief Modeler: John Deka

Santa Fe F3 17 waits with the Super Chief
Modeler: John Deka

Members of the community are welcome to bring an HO Scale (DC or DCC we can run both on our layout) train to the club and run it on our famous layout, featuring over 4,000 feet of track.

Don’t have a train? Run Ours! We will have trains for you to run, freight or passenger. In addition we will have engineer helpers and conductors to make your journey on the Highland Pacific a memorable experience.

Where? Highland Pacific Railroad, 854 Broadway, San Gabriel, CA 91776

When? Sunday, September 30th, Noon to 4 PM.

RSVP Let us know you are coming, and we will reserve a cab (5 total) for you! We also have plenty of Yard and Local spaces for people. Let us know your preference.

Also let us know if you will be bringing your own train or using our rolling stock.

Bring your camera for great pictures and spectacular train operation through cities, towns and mountains!

To RSVP or for more Information send an email to Steve Smith Sr. at

Steve Smith
Assistant Superintendent
Highland Pacific Society of Model Railroad Engineers

New Aisle Lighting Going In

A work crew, led by Chris Rippy and assisted by Ron Merkel and Jack Ross, has been installing lighting around the bottom of the layout to make navigation easier when lights are off. Why would the lights be off? When "night running" is in order while following Higlhland Pacific Railroad Timetable 10. 

These new lights are the same LED lights and fixtures designed by Dave Flynn several weeks ago. See earlier News article about the making of the aisle lights.

3D Printing Plus LED Lights Equal Low-Cost Light Fixtures

3D printing has amazing uses from creating artificial organs, prosthetics, architectural models, toys, guitars, parts for motor vehicles and rocket engines, and even chocolate bars. On the HPRR 3D printing has been used to "print" housings for layout control panels and now, floor lighting fixtures

At the Highland Pacific Railroad 3D printing was used to make LED holders to be installed for floor lighting. These little gems originated with a broken LED tube. Rather than throw them out Dave Flynn decided to recycle the LEDs in the club's floor lighting project. 

The LEDs were removed from the broken fixture and a single LED was used to design a fixture to house the LEDs. The fixture was then "printed" on Dave's 3D-printer.The addition of a couple of wires, 2 screws for mounting, a resistor, and voilà, floor lighting fixtures for the layout room for about $0.40 in parts. This will be especially useful for those times we operate the Highland Pacific Railroad in "night running" mode.