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Sunday, March 26, 2017

P.C.C.M. 29H / Delivery of Freight Cars Forwarded to North Side Yard

Greetings All,

We're continuing the P.C.C.M. series today with the action taking place in Empire City's North Side Yard. On the N.Y.C.T.L. North Side Yard handles all rail freight traffic into Empire City except for L.C.L. freight that goes to the Water Street Freight House, most Express shipments for the R.E.A. and bulk mail for the Empire City Main Post Office. This traffic is handled thru the Empire City Passenger Station. 

The North Side Yard crew will be working the cars delivered by Train EC-1 in P.C.C.M. 29G. All of the cars from Train EC-1 being worked today originated on Ralph V's Kings Port Division.

Once again I've started with the Dispatch Sheet and filled in my moves on the bottom of the Switch List under NSY. As you can see the North Side Yard Switcher will work the yard and be responsible for four cars being delivered to their listed consignees. 
The first task is to separate cars for the Empire City industries and cars to be interchanged with the L.I.R.R. later today 
With the caboose in the lead the N.S.Y. Switchers are pulling the cars for the L.I.R.R into track #3.
Track #1 holds a few reefers being worked at the new loading dock / team track. This is the preferred destination for perishable freight that is usually bought while the cars are enroute. Industries and businesses in Empire City are welcome to have their cars spotted here for loading and unloading as well. Track #2 is empty for now and track#3 holds the freight cars for the L.I.R.R. interchange.
The N.S.Y. Switchers couple up to the cars to be spotted at Empire City industries. The EL and PC cars are consigned to Neal's Lumber and Hardware, The B&M car is for Superior Furniture and the TP&W car goes to Walsh Steel Wool Products.
The first stop is Neal's Lumber and Hardware. The orange A.P.R.R. car is being pulled out.
The EL 40' boxcar being spotted is loaded with bags of cement from Boom's Ready Mix in Kings Port NY. The PC car also for Neal's L&H is now behind the APRR car. It cannot be spotted here right now as the lead is too short for two cars.  
No worries. The crew spots the PC car at the loading dock on track #1 at North Side Yard where one of Neal's trucks and a driver await. This car is loaded with crates of the world famous Gern Industries cement flux.
That done the crew heads towards the West Side and gets a roll by inspection from Hohman Ave tower operator 1/87th scale Larry D.
Heading over the Empire City viaduct to access Superior Furniture and Walsh Steel Wool Products.
With the caboose cut off the train the crew shoves back into the West Side Industrial leads. The three cars to the left will be heading out of town on the next Empire City Turn, probably later in the afternoon.  
TP&W 627 is an empty car being spotted for loading. The car request shows it will be loaded with steel wool scrap for Boom's Ready Mix in Kings Port NY
The crew is now working Superior Furniture where B&M boxcar #110 is to be spotted. First the crew will need to pull that NYC boxcar. 
B&M 110 is now spotted at Superior Furniture. This dual air pak equipped RBL with cushioned under frame car is loaded with glass products from Corning Glass Works in Corning NY. This car originated on the Kings Port &Western Railroad. 
With the work on the West Side done the crew takes leisurely ride thru Empire City back to North Side Yard.
Where they arrive on track #2. The crew will break for lunch then put together the afternoon Empire City Turn, Train EC-3 while keeping an eye out for the L.I.R.R. Interchange train due in shortly.
Thanks for reading!

Tomorrow we'll wrap up the 29 series so hang in there for one more installment!

Don't forget to check out Ralph's Kings Port Division blog to see the origination of the P.C.C.M. 29 series and to check in on the unit coal train sent in the 30 series.


  1. To: North Side Yard
    Rock Ridge A.P.R.R. (Informational)
    From: West Mill
    Acknowledge the delivery of cars from West Mill via North Side Yard.

    West Mill Out

  2. I really like the three unit yard switcher consist! The track #1 loading dock is a nice operational feature. Folks over here at West Mill forgot about the short length of the spur into Neal's Lumber and Hardware so its good to know that multiple shipments can still be handled by them in an efficient fashion!

    1. That three unit switcher set is earning it's keep! No problem with the amount of cars for Neal's. The new track #1 loading dock / team track gives Neal's guys the option of working the freight car that day or having it spotted the next day. The NSY crew is thinking of stealing the UP slogan "We can handle it"!