I've continued operating the layout using Empire City Station as a diesel ready yard as described in my prior blog entry. Another operations scenario I added is to reestablish the importance of the New Haven's Maybrook Yard. PC management tried heir best to close this yard to save money coming up with run through trains NE-74 and NE-97 pooling PC and EL power. We will operate under teh premise that het Poughkeepsie Bridge fire has not yet happened. With the emergence of regional carrier Kings Port and Western and the class 1 Atlantic & Pacific Railroad the amount of freight traffic to and from Empire City has grown by huge amounts. To move this traffic some of my six axle fleet drew the assignments for this week.
The EC Diesel Yard hostler has backed this trio of EMD six axle power into place and coupled up with the Maybrook Manifest. For today we'll call it MB-1. The three engine lash up consists of custom painted Penn Central SD40 #6282, NH SDP40 #6502 and custom painted PC SDP40 #6190. All engines are BB models and all are powered which will be necessary for today's train. The train itself is basically two blocks. The first for the A.P.R.R. and second for the K.P.&W. The train will arrive at Maybrook where the train will be split. K.P.&W units will pick up their cars at Maybrook while block 1 will continue on to the A.P.R.R.
MB-1 awaits it's crew while passengers await their next train. Seeing the Evans coil car up front tells us that Shapeless Steel Products will getting at least one empty car back.