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Niles Canyon Railway The American Railroads Welcome to the Atlas Model Railroad Co. Prototype Yards: Adapting Prototype Operations to Model Railroading Originally presented as a clinic at the 1998 NMRA National Convention Introduction This is an opportunity to look at my memory of how one particular prototype operated. Personal Background I grew up on the Rock Island. Prototype Basics Crew Size – During my time as a railroader crews consisted of 5 men on nearly every job. Crew Duties – The engineer was the “driver.” Crew Assignment – Whether the yards was small, a la Carrie Ave., or huge, a la Armourdale, there were specific jobs assigned to specific crews. Special Jobs – In addition to the standard 5 man crew jobs there were also some assignments that did not require a full crew. Crew Communication – In my time all communication among the 5 man crew was done by hand, lantern, or fusee signaling. Safety and Operating Rules – The rule book spelled out how the job was to done “safely.” Model Operations I have some purely personal ideas about how various aspects of prototype operations can be adapted to model operations. Conclusion Glossary

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5 Step Guide To Weathering Model Railway Buildings | Model Trains Online Adding weathering to the buildings on your model railway layout is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to add realism to your layout. Whilst the level of detail on many plastic and resin model railway buildings such as Hornby’s Skaledale and Bachmann’s Scenecraft ranges is fantastic, they’re often supplied in “Un-Weathered” or Pristine condition. This in itself is fine, but it’s a little un-realistic. Even new buildings and structures become quickly weathered in real life. Therefore, accurately weathering the buildings on your layout is pretty much essential if you want to achieve a good level of realism and to a beginner, this job can seem a little daunting, but it’s really not that hard and it is indeed very inexpensive to do. This great tutorial video shows how to turn a relatively boring Maintenance depot into a very realistically weathered building in a very short space of time. This method is very easy to follow and indeed extremely inexpensive to do. What You Need? What To Do… Railroad Center Southern Pacific Transportation Company The Southern Pacific Transportation Company (reporting mark SP), earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually called the Southern Pacific or (from the railroad's initials) Espee, was an American Class I railroad. It was absorbed in 1988 by the company that controlled the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and eight years later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad was founded as a land holding company in 1865, later acquiring the Central Pacific Railroad by lease. In 1929 SP/T&NO operated 13848 route-miles not including Cotton Belt, whose purchase of the Golden State Route circa 1980 nearly doubled its size to 3,085 miles (4,965 km), bringing total SP/SSW mileage to around 13,508 miles (21,739 km). By the 1980s route mileage had dropped to 10,423 miles (16,774 km), mainly due to the pruning of branch lines. The SP was the defendant in the landmark 1886 United States Supreme Court case Santa Clara County v. Timeline[edit] Origins[edit] The Railfan Network RIDING THE CAB FORWARDS When I was a young boy around ten years old I rode up front with the engineer and fireman in the cab of a fully operable freight hauling Southern Pacific Railroad 4-8-8-2 cab forward locomotive, one of the largest most powerful railway steam engines ever built --- and I rode in one not just once, but twice. The first time was with my older brother on the slightly down angle 50 mile straight-on set of rails in California's high desert out of the community of Mojave. The 100 car plus train was heading southbound towards Los Angeles, the locomotive's 63-inch drive wheels sometimes wavering along the distantly mirage laden tracks howling at flatout speeds approaching 90 miles per hour. It wasn't long after we arrived at the ranch that we started showing up along the siding and watering stop when the cab forwards showed up, watching the train crews do whatever train crews do and getting as close to the rail cars and locomotives as we could.

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