Tuolumne Forks is an O&3 freelanced narrow gauge logging and mining railroad. Bob Brown is the editor and publisher of the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. This layout combines mining and logging with a tourist line. The operation follows the Lake Tahoe Railway and Navigation Company’s transport of tourists from Workshop to the Lake Tahoe Resort. The railroad is famous among narrow gauge enthusiasts like Bob Brown. Bob Brown enjoys creating the look of rundown equipment with a homemade touch, and the practice allows him to largely freelance.
Bob explains that the homemade logging cars, the tank cars, the homemade box cars, and the log cars are his favorite to build for this layout, noting that he only puts on the details that are visible and nothing more. Exterior details aren’t always the most important thing. Brown notes that a major advantage of homemade equipment is that the equipment is not regulated by anyone so you can leave out things such as brake systems and no one can tell you otherwise.