Welcome to the U. P. & Western Railroad

 

 Scale:

 

“HO” - 1:87

  Size:

 

26 x 30 x 40 x 10 feet-Around the walls, center open.

Theme:

 

Significant Switching across 2 Railroads

Locale:

 

Union Pacific - Laramie to Granger  (single track) 
Western   - Winton Jct. to Lake Jct. (branchline)

Era:  

 

Summer 1950 - Mostly diesel and some steam with sound

          Height:  

 

47" to 54"

Track / Turnouts:

 

Code 100 track with #6 & #8 turnouts

Benchwork:

 

"L" Girders and 1x4" boards to the wall

Roadbed:

 

Homosote

Minimum
Curve radius:

 

U.P. RR: 30"
WESTERN: 24" radius

Max. grade:

 

2 Percent

Backdrop:

 

U.P:                 Large Printed Photos on the walls
WESTERN:   Walther’s backgrounds on the walls

Scenery:

  Wire screen & plaster, Broken ceiling tiles for Cliffs

Controls:

 

Digitrax Chief Radio Throttles and walk-around plug-in throttles.

Trackplan:

 

Loop to Loop - 250 ft of Mainline. 7 passing sidings.
(Steve Frey, Model Railroader, Feb. 1990 Page 128).

Signal Detection:

 

NMRA Bulletin, March 2001 page 46.   (html)  (pdf)

Operation:

 

Computer Generated Preprinted Switching Operations is done by Railroad Management System for Windows (RMS3). MS Word365 generates Train Orders for "stage trains".
JMRI Operation Program for Switching Ops.

Comments:

 

With 190 cars, Switching Lists are preprinted for:  Grain, Beer, Ice Reefer, Tank and Box Freights, four Mix Freights and four Local Switchers. There are ten cities, with about 140 Industries that are switched from two Main Yards and two small City Yards.

 

This page was last updated 03/21/16