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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Empty Hoppers to Selkirk

Greetings All,

As part of the Penn Central Car Movement #12 series we are using the harvest time of fall planted barley (now) to initiate some unit covered hopper trains. As part of the scenario Empire Grain in West Mill NY and other large operations of this type will be in need of empty hoppers ASAP. To fulfill these empty car requests the N.Y.C.T.L. has begun moving and forwarding the empty covered hoppers being stored on N.Y.C.T.L. tracks. to Selkirk for further distribution. The first unit train to be dispatched will be XVS-1 (Terminal Yard to Selkirk Yard)  Let's take a look at what I call "the gathering";

PC GP40 3180 sporting the rare orange C pull empties from Cargill

3180 rolls past North Side Yard and the in progress Empire City Terminal Market. The train is heading to the west side to pick up a group of stored empty covered hoppers.

First we'll grab these five on the right

Pulling onto the main to clear the switch so we can then
shove back and reach another group of stored hoppers

The last of the stored hoppers from the west side

Pulling hard towards Terminal Yard

Heading to the Cornelius Vanderbilt Memorial Bridge

Four Penn Central Geeps idle at the commuter station. They will be the power for XVS-1

The 3180 arrived with a caboose and covered hoppers in tow

Building XVS-1 on the main line

We're on the move!

A short video of the action
Empty Hoppers to Selkirk!


  1. Thanks for the photo-documentation of the beginning of this latest car movement in the virtual ops series! Man, you have a lot of covered hoppers! I posted a follow up of the action in the Kings Port Division blog as the cars arrive from Selkirk as train XVK-2, and then show an extra delivering some of them to Empire Grain.
    Got to get that barley loaded!

    1. Thank you Ralph! It was nice to add this unit train to the virtual ops portfolio! Gotta have the covered hoppers if we're going to run these unit trains. Your Blog showcasing P.C.C.M. 12 Part 2 was excellent and your covered hopper fleet appears to be well stocked!
      I encourage everyone reading this to check out Ralph's layout at You'll be glad you did!

  2. I have to agree with Ralph. You do have a lot of covered hoppers. However, you can never have enough covered hoppers for the size of your railroad! Always enjoy reading your blog!

    1. Thank You 1:1 Sir Neal! You're right on with the covered hoppers. If you have 20 you'll need 21! So you can never have enough!