|New! IntuiSwitch™ Turnout Controller
Continued development on the SJ&T includes continued efforts to find new and better
ways to do things. One result of these efforts is a unique fascia-mounted control
for turnouts. After a long phase of development and refinement, Shelly Levy and son Brad Levy
introduced these controllers for sale at the 34th National Narrow Gauge Convention, September 3-6, 2014 in Kansas
The IntuiSwitch™ simplifies installation and provides intuitive operation with visual
and tactile feedback. With no sharp corners or protruding knobs, it won't snag clothing and
is safe from accidental activation.
It is easily usable in nighttime operations as well, which is important for the SJ & T,
since the layout is equipped with a combined fast clock and lighting control system that
automatically transitions between daytime to nighttime lighting with simulated sunset
For full information on these new turnout controllers, visit
Welcome to the San Juan & Tellurton Railroad!
This is the home page of the San Juan & Tellurton Railroad (SJ&T), a
On3-scale (1/4 inch = 1 foot or 1/48 of prototype) three-foot gauge model railroad.
The SJ&T currently operates in Lenexa, Kansas (in suburban Kansas City).
The current layout consists of 215 feet of track covering a physical area approximately
forty feet by twenty-two feet.
The model railroad is based on areas in the San Juan Mountains
in Colorado and is a point-to-point system designed to provide
operating sessions. The era modeled is 1930-1940. Four towns are
on the line; at the east end is Virginia City. Westcliffe,
a mining area, is the western terminal. There are two routes
between these towns, one passes through the town of San Juan and
the second goes via Tellurton in the lower country. Operation of
the system is facilitated by a digital control radio throttle
which also controls the lights and sound effects (bell, whistle,
steam, etc.) of the engines. The routes of the trains are
directed by the setting of the remotely controlled switches
(turnouts) throughout the layout.
for the latest news about the SJ&T
longer, sound-enabled version of the
"burning embers" video!
The new article in the
Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette!
The "Tale" of the SJ&T
The San Juan & Tellurton RR was created when a Midwest
entrepreneur acquired and merged the financially stressed D&RGW,
the C&S, the RGS and the Tellurton Cascade & Western railroads
in the early 1930s. His philosophy was to combine and operate
these companies as a unit. He considered repainting and
identifying all equipment with the new SJ&T names and logos a
waste of money and would operate the total equipment pool as one
railroad to get as much synergistic benefit as possible.
Operational economy was the criterion. As such a common sight is
a D&RGW engine hauling C&S passenger cars. An example of his
synergistic attitude is when a 120 foot long bridge over the
deep Cordova canyon was needed. He had it designed and
components made in a previous acquisition, a steel plant in
Chicago. He had the parts shipped to and erected on site. Not
only was this approach less costly but the arch bridge is
artistic relief from the extensive timber structures that were
built when timber was free to be cut.
View photos of the San Juan and Tellurton
Click image to see the
video of the burning
to see how the effect was achieved
Find out more about the history and development of the SJ&T
Drawings of current layout and its historical evolution
A few websites frequented by the SJ&T's operators and
a list of Shelly Levy's Publications and Clinics
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