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 Posted: Sun Sep 24th, 2017 11:20 pm
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Another walking story:

On the Bartlett & Western in Central Texas,
after many track washouts and cotton prices dropping,
the railroad discontinued using steam locos (too heavy for the bridges)
and used a pair of Fordson rail tractors,
to haul the cotton bales & cotton oil to the Santa Fe connection.

The crew feared that the train would fall through the old bridges,
so when they came to one, the "engineer" would set the throttle,
and the crew would walk across the creek bed,
while the "train" slowly crossed without them.

On the other side,
the crewmen would climb back aboard,
until they came to another bridge...

Old times in Texas.

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That's an excellent story!

Gee, sounds like a railroad to model kinda thing.




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The Bartlett Western Rwy. was indeed an interesting affair,

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Somehow I do not think this thread was intended for the discussion of Operation Speed,
but actual Prototype Operating practices, as they pertain to our own layouts..

Example..
Waybills, time schedules, car card operation...
You know silly little things like that...

Anyone care to comment on how they operate their current layout for realism,
and how they go about it....

This might REALLY get interesting then, even if only a decade or so late.

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Hi

I am modeling Union Pacific (Big Boy)
and Southern Pacific (Daylight) in G scale.

Time period of the 40's and 50's.


I have 3 main threads on this site: The Omaha Depot work (this summer's project)
is documented here.

I will also be modeling the San Francisco 3rd & Townsend depot.

This is an outdoor setup, and many compromises will need to be made for terrain, weather, etc. 
To the extent I can, I want to accurately model the depot and freight yard areas for realistic operations.
 
Any hints as to where I can find information on how consists were built, locos were turned around, etc.
at either of these stations, would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Steve  :wave:


Have you been able to find any operations info. for your prototypes ?  ???

It's quite specialized, researching this kinda stuff, for specific locations.  :old dude:

I wonder if there is a 'Union Pacific' archive of some sort out there ?  L:


:)


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You might check with historical societies for both roads,

and see what info they have available.




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http://www.snowcrest.net/photobob/3rdst1.html

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/00/f8/1b/00f81b09cb6745e7ff567cfa5ae00faf.jpg

http://photos.wikimapia.org/p/00/03/30/71/06_big.jpg


I'm sure there's a lot more out there.



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Tileguy wrote:  
Anyone care to comment on how they operate their current layout for realism,
and how they go about it....


To manage waybills on the collection of micro layouts I have,
I use an online Waybill / Virtual Freight Forwarding application that I built myself.

The main features I use in the application are train sheets, waybills, and switchlists.
For anyone who is interested, the application is located at:

http://jstan2.pairserver.com/apps/interchangecars2/home .


As far as the actual operation of the layouts,
I use a DCC system and have some sound equipped locos.

When using sound equipped locos I use the horn and bell,
in a way specified in an operations manual I wrote for how to operate my layouts.

Eg, when pushing cars, the bell must be sounding;
Horn to be sounded when starting to move;
Rule 80 in force (all except one of my layouts are switching / shunting layout,
so restricted speed is the norm and it's rare to have more than one loco on a layout).


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Here is a link about Hobart Tower:

http://www.railroadmemoirsbycrowner.com/survivingathobarttower.html


Now we may not want to operate our model railroads in such a way,
it is still interesting to read just what a tower has to go through.

There is a section where there is trouble with getting switches and derails to line up.



"...Saturday was a hot day in the middle of a heat wave.
The hot weather during the day and afternoon causes trouble with some of the switches.
Some of the switches will cause trouble or fail because of the heat affecting the rails.

When I came on duty at 10PM, the middle crossovers had failed.
Pat had Amtrak #85 on the Middle track, a 198 train west of Hobart Tower on the North track,
blocking Amtrak and trying to finish a triple over, and U.P. Job 63 waiting at Bandini.
Pat was out rolling switches to get Amtrak going. The mess delayed Amtrak 42 minutes.
I then had to go out and roll the switches back, and flag the 198 train into the Outbound.
Ed Wolfe, the regular maintainer was off to Las Vegas for the weekend.
When Manuel Frias, the backup maintainer showed up, things seemed to have cleared up by themselves.
He did roll the Inbound switch and derail, and put everything back to normal.
It is strange how often things clear up by themselves by the time the maintainer gets to the Tower.
I always feel a sense of relief when the maintainer walks in,
and the problem recurs when he attempts to line the switch or signal.
A number of times, I have called him at home in the middle of the night.
When he says to try the switch again, it works perfectly with him on the phone, and for the rest of the night.
You could get superstitious."




How often have one of us had trouble with a switch?




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