In November 07 the old Silicon
Valley will be sold. Then I've to build a new one. In TrainBoard
Forum I'Ve asked for ideas. And there came great ideas:
You asked for a small western town and a small industry, but I've drawn
up a plan that might be more appropriate for a medium sized scrap yard
that would have enough rail traffic coming and going daily to warrant
having an engine of its own.
The mainline and the town's siding would
run along the outside of the 4 major modules and the scrap yard would
be modeled along the inside of the entire 90 degree curve plus on the
I have shown a short industrial siding at
one end of the town's siding that would serve a business that is not
necessarily related to the scrap yard. All rail traffic to this business
would be switched by a road switcher or local train...not by the scrap
yard engine. The road switcher or local would pick up or spot cars on
the scrap yard siding and the scrap yard engine would handle all switching
movements within the scrap yard.
There are 5 types of activities modeled in
this scrap yard:
1. weighing cars on the scale--every car, empty or loaded, must be weighed
when it comes into and when it leaves the scrap yard.
2. shredding junk automobiles--stacks of flattened autos are brought
in on flat cars and run through a shredder which reduces them to pieces
of metal just a few inches across; then the shredded metal is loaded
into gondolas and shipped to steel mills.
3. shearing pipes and long pieces of metal for transportation by gondolas--long
pipes, rails, rods, etc are brought in by truck and sheared into 4 to
6 foot lengths; then the sheared metal is loaded into gons and shipped
to steel mills.
4. compressing or bundling piles of loose scrap wire, borings, turnings,
and cans brought in by trucks into denser cubes or bundles for transportation
by gondolas to steel mills.
5. loading and unloading gondolas containing scrap metal of various
grades (e.g., #2 scrap metal, cast iron, heavy plates, high carbon steel
The engineer running the Scrap Yard Job would
have several responsibilities:
At the start of his shift and before the road switcher arrives:
1. pull all empty flats and loaded gons from the Automobile Shredder
and spot them on the scrap yard siding.
2. pull loaded gons by the Shearer Building and in the Bundling Building
and spot them on the scrap yard siding.
3. pull all gons--loaded or empty--from the various scrap pile sidings
and spot them on the scrap yard siding. (There should always be at least
one empty gon spotted next to the Shearer Building, one empty gon in
the Bundler Building, and one by the Automobile Shredder before spotting
any empty gons on the scrap yard siding for pick up by the road switcher.)
When the road switcher drops off cars on
the scrap yard siding:
1. spot the flattened autos on flat cars by the Auto Shredder, loaded
gons near piles of the same of scrap metal, and at least one empty gon
by the Shearer Building, one by the Auto Shredder, one in the Bundler
Building, and any remaining empty gons by the various scrap piles.
The track plan shows a 4 module long main
and passing siding town with 1 industry and a scrap yard that is spread
across 5 modules; but a much smaller scrap yard plan is possible. The
long passing siding could be shortened to one or two modules long, and
the town's one industry served by the railroad could be eliminated.
Any or all of the shredder, shearer, and bundler areas of the scrap
yard could be eliminated. This would to reduce the scrap yard from a
medium-sized industry accommodating 8 cars to a small scrap yard with
a single (1 or 2 car) siding contained on the appendix module and 1
or 2 or the mainline modules.
Modeling the 1970s era Peoria and Pekin Union Railway in N-Scale
Following this idea I made the trackplan.
Benjamin came up with the idea for the 5th segment, it's
divided and makes bolted in another way the 5th part in the
I came across the idea of derails. There should be two derails, I've
marked them in red. Diamond Valley will be located in the western part
of USA. Which derail would be prototypical? A 'Split Rail' type or a