Empire Belt RR ALcos

Empire Belt RR ALcos
Custom Painted FA / FB Units

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Car Movements on the N.Y.C.T.L.

Greetings All,

Here are some car movement photos from past operations during the Summer on the N.Y.C.T.L. These operations were the result of the "Virtual Ops" between the N.Y.C.T.L. and Ralph V's Kings Port Division; http://kingsportdivision.blogspot.com/ 

One of the things I like about the virtual ops is that someone else decides where the freight cars are going. When I run my solo lone wolf ops coming up with car destinations is not one of my strong points. Having a train made up for me on another railroad with destinations already established adds some nice 'realism' to the operation. I can now concentrate on how to best get the cars from the inbound train to their consignee. 

A printed switch list helps to block freight cars and remember where they need to go once the train pulls out of Terminal or North Side Yard
Why I am using and photographing the Clinchfield caboose and Lehigh Valley switcher I have no idea! But here they are at Terminal Yard doing something. Perhaps it was because I printed out and am using a Lehigh Valley switch list.  
If nothing else I may have just been letting this SW8 stretch it's legs after months in the box.
The switch list in  photograph #1 shows these two flatcars go to track 9 where they will be loaded T.O.F.C.
1/87th scale Engineer Ed gives the safety briefing. 1/87th scale Conductor John checks his watch as Double E. starts to wax poetic and the two portly brakemen from the extra board daydream about the all you can eat linguini at Musachia's Italian Ristorante in West Mill NY 
Switching out the Wonder /Hostess Plant in Bedford NY. Switch list has these NYC cars going here so we're in good shape so far.
1/87th scale Engineer Ed is out on the platform to exchange pleasantries with Bedford Tower operator 1/87th scale John B.
1/87th scale Double E is back out on the platform to give Hohman Ave tower operator 1/87th scale Larry D a shout out and remind him of their upcoming pilgrimage to the A.P.R.R. The railroad of 1:1 Sir Neal. Meanwhile there is some police activity going on in the background.
Train EC-1 has finally reached North Side Yard after all the stopping and gabbing. 
Now identified as EC-2 the train leaves North Side Yard and heads back to Terminal Yard with two cars from Wonder / Hostess
The Empire Belt hosts the trial runs of newly repaired Lehigh Valley FA1s. See here for the issues affecting these units;
1/87th Scale Sir Neal is at Neal's Lumber and Hardware supervising the switching of cars in his lumber yard. PC 77047 will be going to Ralph's Grocery Warehouse which is a bit further down the line.
PC 167872 is spotted inside Neal's lumber yard. NYC 173441 is also consigned to Neal's Lumber and Hardware and is considered "constructively placed" to use some railroad vernacular. The Empire Belt crew will switch the NYC car into Neal's right after lunch as 1/87th scale Sir Neal abhors any type of demurrage charges. 
PC 77047 and EL 73510 get shoved into the Ralph's Grocery Warehouse siding under the supervision of 1/87th scale PC Ralph who is standing next to his jade green corvette 
The Lehigh Valley FA1s are performing well and are a treat for the local rail fans
The inbound cars have been spotted at Ralph's Grocery Warehouse and the LV FA1s depart. A string of empties sits on the industrial lead
Back at Bedford NY the L.I.R.R. transfer run heads towards Empire City and North Side Yard. Looks like it's an ALCO kind of day! 
L.I.R.R. 607 pulls into North Side Yard
The L.I.R.R. departs with it's train after interchanging cars. 1/87th scale Larry D given the L.I.R.R. crew a friendly wave as the Empire City Police continue their investigation.
Heading for home rails the L.I.R.R. Transfer runs thru Bedford Station.
A check of the switch list indicates we have accomplished our tasks for this session. 

Thanks for reading!!


  1. The low photo angles work extremely well and make those Walthers FAs look very good! You might want to look into the JMRI switchlist. Computer switchlist generators do have the advantage of having "someone else" decide where the cars go! Robert Todd's spinner board at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZqYHIcEWH0 is another approach.

  2. Hi John, Thanks for the compliments on the photos and the links to the operations options!

  3. Those L.I.R.R. units are mighty fine! I didn't think I'd enjoy the paperwork involved in making switchlists but it turns out to be fun! JMRI is definitely a good program but I also appreciate the low tech spinner approach. Very creative!

  4. Thank you Ralph! I was not sure I'd like the paperwork either but after using it for awhile I agree it's fun and it's handy to have.

  5. Nice recap with a series of great moves that I'm sure generated lots of profits for the N.Y.C.T.L.! Great to see how the employees pay special attention to all freight moves and more. Great loyalty!! Thanks for the recap!

    1. Thanks 1:1 Sir Neal! The N.Y.C.T.L. made some badly needed cash this day!