C & D Ry Houligans Alley

Houligans Alley was originally designed as a string of buildings on a single street. I have always liked this special group of structures, but wanted something different from the standard arrangement that could also fit into the slope of my hillside town.

To fill this need, Jim Lucas and I ( Gregg Wenzl ) teamed up to create this rearranged and modified variation that has a very different look and feel, which also incorporates the new FOS Deckers structure. Come and enjoy a stroll down our version of Houligan?s Alley.

All photos and comments by Gregg Wenzl

Somewhat influenced by my San Francisco eating and British pub-crawling experiences, Houligan?s Alley is one of those quaint places tucked in between a number of eating and drinking establishments.

 It is the town-folks favorite place to dine and hang out, a place to chat and enjoy a favorite meal.

The Alley is entered from the road at the top of the hill, where one walks down a series of steps into a terraced dining and drinking oasis.

Houligans Bar & Grill is on the right. It is a scratch built structure which helps form The Alley entrance. Houligans is the town?s first drinking establishment and for which the alley was named. Back in those early days the locals would spill out the back door and drink in the fresh air, sitting on any crate or barrel that was handy.

The town has grown and really changed for the better. The alley has been renovated and has now become one of the town?s jewels.

Just beyond Houligans is Scomas Fish Market & Restaurant.

Scoma came to town about a decade ago and bought out old Scoots. The locals don?t mind any, as the fish is now much fresher and the cooking even better. Scoma also did some remodeling and a door was added to create the back alley restaurant entrance (and the foundation was modified for the slope). Now you can eat outside on The Alley, inside on the second floor, or buy fresh fish at street level.

The old Perkins building, on the left, was converted into a local boarding house a few years back.

Foundations were added to adapt to this hillside location.

The old Watsons Tool business was bought out about five years ago and is now Morgan?s Café, a great place to start your day with a cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast.

A railed wood deck was added to adapt this structure to its sloped setting. Those picnic tables sure fill up quick on a Saturday morning.

Archway was the initial thought that triggered this whole design concept. I am always struggling on how to fit things in on my layout, with such limited trackside space. One night I was sketching out some ideas and an archway came to mind, then the alleyway rearrangement all quickly came together. You can see this in the sketch below, which I continued to refine as things came to mind. We eventually decided on squaring up the curve in the road, to get the alley to work right.

Gregg Wenzl

Looking up hill, the road on the left side of Houligan's Alley sweeps to the right down to cross in front of G. Wilikers, then crosses the tracks down to L&G. The road on the right side of Houligan's Alley sweeps to the left, connecting to the other road above G. Wilikers (which you can see just above the L&G mill).

I am confident this scene will "jump" after the roads are painted and the grass and trees are planted.