Corona, like many towns, developed and prospered only through the presence of a railroad. It's an important part of our history. One that can be represented, not only educationally, but historically as an exciting visual model.
The Corona Model Railroad Society was created to represent 1940's Corona in the heyday of its citrus production. But not only its agriculture. The lumber, mining, manufacturing and all the trackside industries engaged in trade from other communities to other countries. This is the story of how Corona became what it is today, and the railroad's major role during the past.
An entire house, which sets on the park property, is devoted to the 600 sq. ft. display. The model railroad is fully operational depicting a part of Corona and local points east with the Santa Fe main line and the Pacific Electric system.
SANTA FE, PACIFIC ELECTRIC and SOUTHERN PACIFIC represented.
SCALE HO (1/87)
Period modeled 1949 – Corona, Riverside and Fullerton, California
Room Area (sq ft) 700 (Includes small front room)
Layout Area (sq ft) 565 (81%)
Total all track (ft) 650 (guess)
Staging track (ft) 156 (8 tracks – 312 cars)
Layout Height 41” - Staging
48” – Corona, Riverside
51” - Fullerton
Track Atlas code 83 super-flex – brown ties
Helix Double track-2% grade (approximate)
Turnouts Peco streamline
Number of turnouts 98+
Turnout minimums #6 mainline -#5 other
Turnout Control Circuitron Tortoise switch machines
Bench-work Open grid
Roadbed Cork and/or homosote over 3/4” plywood
Curve radii Minimum 24” – at Porphyry
Train control (DCC) NCE PH Pro, command station and 5 amp power station. NCE CAB04e hand controllers.
15 UTP’s strategically placed.
Background Scenery Painted by Corona Art Association
Follow our progress: http://www.cmrsclub.org
Corona Model Railroad Society was founded by a group of model railroaders and historians to build a HO Scale layout representative of Corona in March 1949.
The purpose of the club shall be:
• To build and operate a railroad layout to visually depict the historical importance of the railroads in the development of Corona.
• To provide educational activities and demonstrations for the general public.