Empire Belt RR ALcos

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

P.C.C.M. #11 Part 2

Greetings All,

Last entry we saw some of the Penn Central Car Movement #11 series. The #11 series started in Kings Port NY at the Penn Central's Williams Yard on Ralph V's Kings Port Division. A total of eleven cars were blocked for Terminal Yard in PC Train KV-9 (Kings Port to Selkirk) This block then traveled from Selkirk to NY-Terminal Yard in PC Train VN-4 which we covered in the last entry.

Today we'll take a look at some of the P.C.C.M. 11 series car movements across the N.Y.C.T.L. Below is the switch list that will help us get the cars sorted for delivery to their respective destinations. I find it easier to take a few minutes and write out a switch list to keep the operation organized. I've tried in the past to just use the car cards but this works better for me.

Penn Central and Cooper - Jarrett trailers traveling T.O.F.C. originated on PC Train KV-9 (Kings Port to Selkirk).  Here they get shoved onto the T.O.F.C. track at Terminal Yard

The T.O.F.C. cars from VN-4 track are coupled on and will be offloaded shortly
Two cars spotted. Nine to go.

KP&W gondola with wheel sets get shoved to the Terminal Yard Car Shop 
One car spotted. Eight to go

Train EC-1 ( Terminal Yard to North Side Yard) known as the Empire City Turn has departed Terminal Yard with the eight cars from KV-9 / VN-4. A NYC F7A, PRR F7B and PC GP30 are today's power. The EC Turn is on track 1 to switch out cars from T&R Gravel to the left.

We're pulling loaded ore cars with the caboose still attached. The empty NYC and PRR hoppers will be spotted at T&R Gravel once the loads are moved out of the way

Empty hoppers are spotted under T&R Gravel tipple. Loaded ore cars and caboose wait on the mainline.
Two cars spotted. Six to go.

The EC Turn has coupled up to the caboose and loaded ore cars. After an air test, and a shove back to clear the switch the EC Turn is now on track 3 headed for Empire City and North Side Yard. 

The eleven loaded hopper cars have been uncoupled from the EC Turn, had their brakes set and will wait here for the EC Turn to pick them up when it is headed back to Terminal Yard.  Note Universal Lumber the white building to the left. The EC Turn will be making a delivery to that building later in the sequence when the siding can be accessed easily through a trailing point switch move. 

The EC Turn heads into Empire City proper.

Here we get ready to cross Hohman Ave as the Hohman Ave tower operator gives us a wave.

Hohman Ave tower is a new addition to the N.Y.C.T.L. and 1/87th scale Sir Neal, Engineer Ed and PC Ralph have come by to check the new building and say hello to the tower operator

The EC Turn rolls through the West Side reverse curve. The Terminal Yard switch crew blocked the cars for easy delivery.   

The EC Turn will drop the cars destined for North Side Yard and the Empire Belt on the industrial lead in front of Neal's Lumber and Hardware. 

Five cars constructively placed late on a Friday afternoon.

TPFX 5510 will be heading back towards Terminal Yard for delivery to University Lumber. Here it is getting shoved into North Side Yard to pick up outbound cars from track 2 for Terminal Yard. The PC moves cars from North Side Yard to Terminal Yard after 1400 hours on Fridays as the Empire Belt engine crews like an early blow on Friday to start their weekends. This agreement was brokered by 1/87th scale Engineer Ed.

The EC turn spots TPFX 5510 at University Lumber. The transfer cars from North Side Yard are on    track 2 and the loaded ore cars are on track 3. One car spotted. Five to go.

We're pulling the loaded ore cars to clear the switch for track 2 

A shot thru the overpass shows we have about 10 car lengths to go before clearing the switch

We're coupled up and performing an air test. The simple eight car train that left Terminal Yard has grown quite a bit. 

The reason for the  F7A, F7B , GP30 power units is now clearly visible.
The EC Turn is now heading back to Terminal Yard.  

The Empire City Turn

But wait...There's more!
The Empire Belt RR with the PC's one and only C424 for power and a NYC caboose ironically lettered with the "Road to the Future" slogan will handle the final mile for the five cars left by the EC Turn.
The 2415 has pulled out of North Side Yard and crossed Hohman Ave.

The 2415 with caboose has backed down the mainline to clear the midtown crossover for the industrial lead.

The E.B. crew has coupled up to the five cars and work is under way. First item is to pull the gondola with gear load from  Prestage Gear. The tank car with cutting oil and the 50' NYC box car with steel stock will be be spotted at Prestage Gear. Two cars spotted. Three to go.

The loaded gon from Prestage gear has been shoved clear of the East Side industry tracks.
The E.B. crew has shoved shoved their train into the lead serving Ralph's Grocery Warehouse and Gervais Pipe and Fitting.  

Pulling outbound cars from Ralph's and Gervais Pipe

PC 40' boxcar with cases of Soda is spotted at Ralph's Grocery Warehouse.
One car spotted. Two to go.

Empty PC and MCRR gondolas spotted at Gervais Pipe and Fitting. Gervais Pipe and Fitting has landed a big contract to supply irrigation pipe to the Hudson Valley Ag Coop.
Two cars spotted. None to go.
P.C.C.M. #11 series is now completed. 

The EB crew has tied up the 2415 and outbound cars on track 2 at North Side Yard. The early blow on Friday mandated by 1/87th Scale Engineer Ed is in full effect. The crew will shortly be at Vaughn's Pub telling everyone how hard they worked today over a couple of pitchers of ice cold beer.  

Thanks for reading!


  1. Wow! What an incredible update! This has to be one of your finest, not to say how much revenue was generated on the N.Y.C.T.L. you really gave us a full report on train movements and freight car loads going across Empire City. The crew should be proud of a job well done. I do hope they are off for at least 12 hours after stopping in the local watering hole to tell everyone how they earned their pay and why they are at the bar spending it!!

    Thanks for the great blog entry.


    1. Thank you 1:1 Sir Neal! There certainly was a lot of action crammed into this entry!