Joshua Tree and Southern Railroad

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Joshua Tree and Southern

The Joshua Tree and Southern Railroad

The Joshua Tree and Southern Railroad Joshua Tree, California

          Located in the town of Joshua Tree, California the Joshua Tree & Southern Railroad Club features 7 1/2" gauge, 15" gauge, and G-Scale railroading among the rugged California high desert landscape. Seven 56 1/2" standard gauge cars add to the railroad ambience. Two passenger cars, a dining car, railway post office, 2 box cars and a caboose sit amid the rugged landscape.

56 1/2

56 1/2" standard gauge cars"

Castle Peak Diner

Castle Peak Dining Car

          The 7 1/2" narrow gauge division of the JT&S RR has a considerable amount of trackage and features a depot, turntable, wye, several trestles, and a car barn built with a basement allowing you to stand inside even though the outside of the building appears to be built to scale.

Engine and Tender

Francis L. Moseley memorial station

Crossing a Trestle

Crossing one of many trestles


Even the wye features a trestle

Car Barn

Van Wingen car barn

          The 15" grand scale division of the JT&S RR has several projects under way. A seven stall 1,650 square foot roundhouse is being constructed. The roundhouse will be accessed via a nearly 21 foot turntable which has been installed and waits for the track to reach it. A 100 foot long bridge standing nearly 20 feet high is nearing completion. The 15" grand scale division currently has a few hundred feet of rail in place and an excellent start on what will surely become a very impressive railroad.


Roundhouse under construction


Turntable awaiting rail to reach it

Jack's Gap Bridge

Jack's Gap Bridge

View from above

Mountainside view of grand scale division track

We were fortunate enough to attend the 11/11/06 dedication ceremony of the "Jack's Gap Bridge" in memory of Jack Sessums. Chris Allen gave a short speech and Mrs. Sessums christened the bridge by breaking a ceremonial bottle of beer on the structure. Jack's Live Oak Canyon Railroad shay #7 then made the first crossing.

Dedication Plaque

Dedication plaque

Live Oak Shay

Jack Sessum's Live Oak Canyon Shay

First Crossing

Ceremonial first crossing of Jack's Gap Bridge

First Crossing

Live Oak Canyon Railroad's #7 Shay crosses the bridge

          The Joshua Tree and Southern Railroad club's official website can be found here: Joshua Tree & Southern Railroad

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