This freelance O Scale switching layout represents a fictional company serving an industrial area in the small community of Helotes on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas. The era of the layout is set between the years 1962 and 1971. It is loosely based on the switching layout featured in Lance Mindheim’s How To Design A Small Switching Layout.

Helotes Switching Company (“HSC”) has operated a short line railroad in Helotes, Texas since 1957. HSC interchanges with the Union Pacific (“UP”) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (“BNSF”) in downtown Helotes and operates 3.5 miles of railroad within the community.

HSC serves a variety of existing customers that are shipping and receiving commodities such as Grain, Oil, Precision Fittings, and Produce.  HSC also has services for ‘team track’ and warehousing needs.