New in the Museum

N scale Parking garage lights

March 8, 2024

N scale Planning street light locations

March 7, 2024

N scale Maintenance of Way equipment

March 6, 2024

HO scale, 3D printed window for future Diridon Station

March 5, 2024

N scale new lights

March 5, 2024

N scale new lights

March 3, 2024

N scale new lights

March 2, 2024

N scale new lights

February 26, 2024

Magnetic electrical contacts, 

platfrom removed t clean tracks

K&M at Niles

February 25, 2024

HO scale model on the left, prototype on the right

Friday Night

February 23, 2024

Friday Night

February 9, 2024

HO layout progress at Holly Sugar

February 9, 2024

Grand Loop is One Year Old!

February 8, 2024

Friday Night

February 2, 2024

Recently Found in the Depot

January 29, 2024

Depot Open Day

January 27, 2024

Depot Open Day

January 14, 2024

Depot Open Day

January 6, 2024

Friday Night

January 5, 2024

Friday Fun Run

December 29, 2023

Friday Fun Run

December 22, 2023

Niles Depot at Christmas

December 13, 2023

LGB Display Layout

November 24, 2023


HO Scale New Daylight Test Run

November 24, 2023


HO Scale Backdrop Progress

November 17, 2023

N Scale -- Doughnuts!

September 29, 2023

HO Friday Fun Run

September 25, 2023

HO Scale Snow Equipment

August 11, 2023

HO Scale 

June 30, 2023


N Scale 

June 25, 2023


Southern Pacific Steam in Niles

June 14, 2023

SP 4350 Climbing the Helix

June 14, 2023


SP 4350 in Niles Canyon

June 14, 2023


SP 4350 at Pleasanton

June 14, 2023

SP 4102 Leaving Niles Depot

June 14, 2023

Recently Donated Photos of Pacific States Steel

May 21, 2023

Pacific States Steel Album 1950 

Looking North with pond American Forge Co with Smokestack April 1950 

Looking North toward Oakland April 1950

Scale Track and Scale House  July 1950

Loading Charging Boxes for Open Hearth July 1950

Fourth Friday Fun Run Day

May 20, 2023

DRGW GP-30 by Tom Nelson

SP 4801 FM Trainmaster  Kevin Sheridan

SP PA units and train at Livermore Mike Oberg

UP City of Portland in Niles Canyon Phil Gosney

UP City of Portland in Niles Canyon Phil Gosney

WP CZ at Livermore  Kevin Sheridan

WP CZ at Pleasanton Kevin Sheridan

WP CZ at Pleasanton Kevin Sheridan 

WP CZ at Pleasanton Kevin Sheridan 

WP CZ enters Niles Canyon Top  Kevin Sheridan

Oil Loading Facility Completed

May 11, 2023

Niles 153rd Birthday!

May 11, 2023

Steam Power

May 8, 2023

ATSF 61 Alco PA at Sunol

May 7, 2023

SP TrainMaster & Gallery Cars HO layout

March 25, 2023

Rio Grande Ski Train on N scale layout

March 25, 2023

Hand made turnouts in N scale!

March 15, 2023

Depot clock runs!

March 7, 2023

The second hand really moves and the Clock keeps time. Based on information discovered while working on it, it hasn’t worked for 80+ years.

N scale progress

March 2, 2023

Ran engines in both directions for the first time!


Depot artist returns

February 18, 2023

 This time they were sketching Joe's and an old Ford truck.

GP 60 near Niles Diamond

February 15, 2023

This former Cotton Belt GP 60 still doing locals here in Fremont. Waiting for a  green to enter the Niles Diamond.  Was waiting for an intermodal  to clear the diamond. 

Had about 7 cars, tankers and hoppers. There is a commercial bakery and candy manufacturer in Union City where these typically go.

Depot artist

February 12, 2023

Artist setup out front, made this sketch and plans to return to create the actual painting.

N scale progress

February 8, 2023

Today was the upper decks very first full operational loop! Carl documented it by writing the date and time on the deck above Fairfield 😁🤗 We also ran from top to bottom through the helix and back up to the upper deck! YES YES YES!!!! 👍🚂🥳🥳🍻 WE CELEBRATED! All reversers, pxs power districts are in sync!

N scale progress

February 8, 2023

Matson Lines in honor of a member's father who was Vessel Manger for them.

Class Visit Day Two

January 24, 2023

Class Visit Day One

January 23, 2023

Depot Open Day

January 22, 2023


Depot Open Day

January 8, 2023


Depot Open Day

December 18, 2022

Those Zephyr cars are backwards!

December 18, 2022 Model Train Event

Join us for the next Niles Depot Model Train Event -- Sunday March 19, 2023, 10am to 4pm -- bring your items to sell, no fees, setup your own table

N scale test videos

December 18, 2022

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A day to celebrate! All the power districts on the upper level are connected and tested. Jumpers to reach district allowed the very first mainline run! 

N scale Progress

November 6 thru December 6, 2022

Third deck to helix

Helix to third deck

First step, cork

Second step, track

Third deck loop

Overall view

Future Intermodal Facility

Third Deck Tracks

Lily Mei Post

November 2, 2022

Progress in HO scale

October 21, 2022

Completed cutting, fitting decking and placing supports for the upper deck

October 19, 2022

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Good progress on the deck joining the south wall and the rear peninsula

October 15, 2022


Reinforced, sharp corners sanded and painted

October 12, 2022

Friday night at Niles

October 9, 2022

Finishing touches on the helix to upper ramps

October 4, 2022

Niles Depot Model Train Event

September 25, 2022

The first test run of the upper level helix run around is a success

September 23, 2022


Yard tower - N scale

September 20, 2022

Livermore Depot - HO scale

September 8, 2022

Very first climb up and down the helix at the never before used entry to the helix - N scale

September 4, 2022


Crusher added to the scene - N scale

August 31, 2022

Fourth Friday Fun Day Run Day - HO scale

August 26, 2022

PG&E Substation

Borden Chemical

Borden Chemical

Newark Locomotive Works

Gravel Quarries and Cement Plants at Radum

Union City BART Station


Helix Extension - N scale

August 25, 2022

Oil Refinery Flaring - N scale

August 23, 2022


Scrapyard Crusher - N scale

August 22, 2022

Finally got the paint for the car crusher. The last piece for the scrap yard. One more coat then detail paint and weathering.

Second Scrapyard Panel - N scale

August 15, 2022

South East Corner Panel Upgrades - N scale

August 13, 2022

Scrap Yard update - N scale

August 10, 2022

Second grabber and the yellow forklift added to move junkers around the yard. Just need to finally paint and weather the crusher and this scene is complete!

Carl and the Upper Deck

July 28, 2022

California Nursery

July 22, 2022

Part of our Niles Depot History is tied to the California Nursery and the 1915 Panama - Pacific  International Exposition. In its heyday it was 463 acres and had a Western Pacific rail siding. Today it’s a 20 acre Fremont Park that has been under restoration/redevelopment with its Ribbon Cutting on Saturday.

Thanks to Larry Mazur

July 15, 2022

N Scale Wishes, to thank Larry Mazur for coloring and weathering the 6 crushed loads and also weathering the 6 gondolas that haul the loads to Pacific State Steel. They look amazing!

Steel yard is fully functional N scale

July 6, 2022


Refinery area in North Stockton N scale

July 4, 2022

Propane facility for North Stockton subdivision N scale

July 3, 2022

Depot floors mopped for Open House

June 9, 2022

Depot power washing

June 8, 2022

N scale helix fine tuning

May 31, 2022

N scale scrap steel yard improvements

May 31, 2022

Grabber tractor, baler with a car inside and a pile of crushed car squares

Overall view

Car crusher still to be painted and weathered

Sky board cut down

May 13, 2022

Checking clearance on helix upper level

May 6, 2022

N scale trains ready to run tomorrow at Depot Open Day

April 30, 2022

Kid's layout in new location

April 26, 2022

Two trains passing Niles Depot on the N scale layout

April 24, 2022

New legs for Kid's Layout

April 21, 2022

Drunk with power (tools)?

Clamps, always need more clamps!

Fixed crossover 116 in N scale

April 20, 2022

Fixed crossover 116.

The throw bar was apparently under to much pressure and it finally snapped. Original removed and soldered in a replacement.

Union Pacific Maintenance of Way (MOW) activity behind Niles Depot

April 16, 2022


N Scale Industrial Area

April 2, 2022


N Scale Industrial Area

March 21, 2022

Cub Scouts Depot Tour

March 6, 2022

Depot Open

February 6, 2022

Fourth Friday Fun Run (FFFR)

January 28, 2022

Run through trains from foreign roads

Phil Gosney grew up in Memphis, TN and if you see some passenger trains in unfamiliar colors, they are ones he viewed as a kid growing up there.

Louisville & Nashville top and Mo Pac, lower

Rock Island Memphis to Tucumcari, NM train

L&N E6 "Humming Bird"

Rock Island 652 and Milw F-M units

Frisco E-8 2012 "Flying Ebony" pulling some Heavyweights at Niles Tower

Frisco Train at  Niles Yard

Illinois Central  "Louisiane"

SP RDC SP-10 tours Niles and Niles Canyon

Depot Open

January 23, 2022

N-scale panel work, switch to roundhouse and scrap steel yard

January 19, 2022