We recently covered the virtual ops between the Kings Port Division and the New York Central Train Layout where the action originated on Ralph V's K.P.D.
This entry we'll begin to take a look at the virtual ops originating on the N.Y.C.T.L.'s Metro Division and then kick it over to Ralph's layout for the conclusion. To keep this manageable I'll post this in the six installments that it took to convey the action on the N.Y.C.T.L.'s Metro Division. Let's get started with a little housekeeping;
The action starts at North Side Yard where the Empire Belt Train crew conduct a safety briefing. 1/87th scale Sir Neal will be our engineer, 1/87th scale PC Ralph the conductor and we have a brakeman from the Extra Board. The cracker jack crew is happy to be using this pair of GP20s still in NYC paint and still turbocharged. Their train will be designated 6109 as that is the lead engine's number.
The crew will be delivering these cars on track 1 and pulling cars from local industries as needed.
6109 has left the yard and 1/87th scale PC Ralph is riding the porch protecting the shove as the train heads towards the east side to access the crossover switches that will get the train onto the industrial tracks
The crew has dropped their caboose on the industrial track and 1/87th scale Sir Neal has shoved the train into the Gervais Pipe and Fitting siding to pick up these two loaded cars. The Penn Central gondola is consigned to the Hudson Valley Ag Coop
Next stop is dropping this 40' boxcar, GM&O 21129 at Neal's Lumber & Hardware. It will be loaded with Pressure Treated Lumber needed for cribbing for the Hudson Valley Ag Coop irrigation project.
Train 6109 heads west
6109 has arrived on the west side to work the industries there. With a light switch list 1/87th scale Sir Neal finds the time to stop the train and chat with the Hohman Ave Tower Operator, 1/87th scale Larry D.
Meanwhile over at parent company Penn Central's Terminal Yard 1/87th scale Engineer Ed, conductor John R and another brakeman from the extra board go over their assignment which will be Extra 2232 (Terminal Yard to North Side Yard)
Extra 2232 with 2228 roll thru Bedford NY
It's a beautiful Autumn day and the engineers of the EBRR local, engine #6109 and Extra 2232 are out on the front porches shooting the breeze for a few minutes.
6109 is back at work and pulling loads from Superior Furniture.
B&M 110, a new insulated 50' boxcar is shoved under Superior Furniture to be loaded with furniture that is consigned to Battaglia Brothers Warehouse which serves a regional distribution warehouse for Superior.
NYC 80779 has been picked up from Moore & Company. It is loaded with burlap bags for Empire Grain. 80779 is being shoved back to Drywell Inks to retrieve an outbound boxcar.
PC 104478 is pulled from Drywell Inks loaded with 55 gallon drums of ink for Canton Box. Rail fans will recall that PC 104478 was just recently spotted at Dryell inks with new 55 gallon drums from Kings Port Steel. This kind of efficiency is every traffic managers dream.
Back at North Side Yard Extra 2232 has dropped it's train on track 1. The engines have coupled up to a string of outbound cars on track 3 and after a terminal air test they pulling out of North Side Yard. This train is now designated as Extra 2228 (North Side Yard to Terminal Yard.
6109 waits on the industrial track while Extra 2228 pulls out of North Side Yard.
Extra 2228 rolls past University Lumber back towards Terminal Yard
Terminal Yard out...
To: Metro Division
Kings Port Division out...
Acknowledge dispatch of Extra 2232 from Terminal Yard to North Side Yard, Extra 2228 from North Side Yard to Terminal Yard, Empire Belt 6109 from North Side Yard to work local industries.
West Mill Out