An educational layout at Fort Hope…
The SLOMRA has built an N scale layout for Fort Hope in Arroyo Grande, California. Fort Hope is a western style town that hosts groups of children to learn about the ways of early pioneer living. Most of the children come from disadvantaged families or situations.
The layout is about 4’x20′ and features points of local railroad interest such as Stenner Creek bridge and the famous horseshoe curve leading up the Cuesta Grade north of SLO.
Alex and Pat Benson donated space in a vacant office complex that allowed us the six months it took to build the layout.
Lots of members contributed their time, talents and treasures to bring the layout to life. Fort Hope will be used as a teaching tool for the children.
The layout is operational and will feature additional signs and information to inform the viewers what they are looking at and how it applies to the history of the railroad through San Luis Obispo County.