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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Arrival of Train VN-4 / Dispatch of Train UKP-1

Greetings All,

P.C.C.M. installment #20 opened up on the Kings Port Division with a BANG!!!
Later 8 covered hoppers were forwarded via car float from the West Mill Float Yard to Port Owen NY due to the derailment on the main line between West Mill and Selkirk. When the line was cleared a few days later train WMV-1 left West Mill for Selkirk with 12 cars for the NYCTL.  An engine change at Selkirk and the train was designated VN-4 and dispatched to Empire City's Terminal Yard.

Train VN-4 at the Bedford Tower as Tower Operator 1/87th scale John B hands up train orders.

VN-4 stretches around the curve

over the Cornelius Vanderbilt Memorial Bridge

And the High Line

Shaded areas and handwriting on bottom show 20 cars on Sunday's VN-4

Terminal Yard administrative aides apparently spent Sunday watching the football games on the office TV as the consist of VN-4 went from 20 cars to a block of 6 and 6 for a total of 12 cars. TV in office has been removed.

Meanwhile the N.Y.C.T.L. dispatched a unit coal train, UKP-1 
to West Mill for delivery to Kings Port Steel. This is Installment #21 of the P.C.C.M. series.
NYC caboose brings up he markers on UKP-1

Short video of UKP-1 making it's way towards Kings Port Steel

Meanwhile at Terminal Yard, VN-4 has to be doubled over to track 2 after being carded as 12 cars. VN-4 Road Power has used the engine escape switches between tracks 1 and 2 to run back around to the yard lead and grab the tail end of VN-4 and pull it into track 2

Terminal Yard Switch Crew couples up to VN-4s caboose and the block of empty covered hoppers.

 A brakeman rides the front of the empty hoppers towards track #4

The caboose is uncoupled
 and shoved to the caboose track at the rear of track 2 past the engine escape switches

 Back to work blocking the cars from West Mill for local delivery
 Cars from West Mill train WMV-1 / Selkirk train VN-4 are blocked on track #7. Empty covered hoppers are stored ready for assignment on track #4

Switch list, car cards and Dispatch Sheet ready for the Empire City Turn.

Next installment will cover the movement of freight cars from Terminal Yard in the Empire City Turn to their next or final destinations.

 Thanks for Reading!


  1. John, where do you get the music you use in the background of your vids?

  2. Hi John, I sent you an email with the information.

  3. Very nice update John. Seems like a lot of revenue being generated on the N.Y.C.T.L. Terminal Yard is indeed a very busy place!

  4. Thank You 1:1 Sir Neal! Terminal Yard has become quite busy, much like Rock Ridge Yard on the A.P.R.R.!

  5. Lots of great action! The pic of caboose #18418 rally stood out for me especially. Nice work on that one!

    1. Thanks Ralph! And thanks for the compliments on PC Caboose #18418. A project spurred on by the 'virtual ops' and information that the PC did not have the Athearn wide vision cabooses. Now , where did I hear that from? ;-)

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  7. It is always great to see an incoming to the terminal yard. Looks like your yard crew handled this with their usual efficiency. I am guessing you fired the last yard manager you had. You remember, he was the guy that was so slow he almost had the entire line shut down. You captured my favorite 2 shots, the Vanderbilt Memorial Bridge and the terminal yard. Thanks for some great entertainment.

    1. Glad you liked the photos and video Double E. It's always been tough to find good 1/87th scale employees. For what has become known as the Bedford Park debacle the blame really belongs to upper management but in true prototypical fashion a rookie brakeman was blamed for everything and sent for retraining.