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The Bona Vista Railroad Mark III


My former layout, which I dubbed the Bona Vista III, was the third layout I'd ever built in my life. It was begun in early 2000 and taken down in April of 2013 when we moved to a new house.

In that period I began this website and chronicled my building progress. Back in those early days I had a very limited amount of web space and a whopping 2 megapixel digital camera, so some of the photos you'll see in this section are small, grainy, and not all that great. Sorry...it's all that I've got!

This BVIII section is divided into two parts: Benchwork construction and Scenery construction. I updated the pages as I constructed the layout, and in a majority of cases, never went back to re-update those pages later on. So a lot of times I'll write "this may happen" or "this could appear in an article" and those phrases later became out of date.

The layout was featured in a myriad of articles for Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, and NMRA Magazine. (See my "Articles" page.) In addition, it appeared in both Great Model Railroads 2008 and Great Model Railroads 2015.

I really loved that layout!

Train room

Go to the Benchwork Construction pages

Go to the Scenery Construction pages

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