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Union Pacific west from Council Bluffs, IA into eastern Nebraska in 1956. Lenz DCC with CVP wireless throttles. Layout has 380 feet of double track mainline, plus short Beatrice branch. A variety of jobs are available; dispatcher, yard transfer, three yard switchers plus a tramp, two industrial switchers and four road assignments (nearly all trains have some work to do en-route). All trains run are based upon actual mid-50s UP operating practices. Cartypes and waybills reflect car movements taken from actual UP train lists from 1956. Equipment is appropriate for the territory at that time, including a mix of small and large steam (2-8-0, 2-8-2, 4-8-4 & 4-6-6-4), turbines and a wide variety of diesels including ALCOs EMDs and a Baldwin. Roughly half of the locomotives are sound equipped. Wiring for block signals is in place but signals are not yet installed. Layout includes building mock-ups but no scenery yet. Presently dispatched using informal TT&TO/rule 251 authority until communication system and CTC panel are in service. No radio required.

NOTE: Layout was previously set in the mid-1970s; currently operating in the mid-1950s era.

Superintendent Mark A.
Division or Location: Nebraska Division of Union Pacific; easternmost 55 miles modeled.
Interchange Railroads: CB&Q, C&NW, CMO, IC, CGW, MILW, RI and Wabash
Size of Railroad: 380 feet of main track on two levels in 950 sq. ft basement.
Scale: HO
Era: 1956
Control System: Lenz DCC with CVP Wireless throttles
Scale Clock Speed: 4:1
Length of Session: normally 3-hours covering 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; can be extended.
Number of Crew: 12-13
Train Control: Rule 251 / TT&TO / CTC (installation not complete)
Are Radios Required: No
Listed Jobs: Dispatcher, Council Bluffs Transfer, Council Bluffs Yard (2 switch jobs plus a Tramp), South Omaha Stockyards Switcher, Valley Switcher, Fremont Switcher and 4 Road (covering through freights, locals and passenger)
Accessibility: Stairs
Distance from hotel: 23 Miles
Estimated travel time from hotel: 31 minutes
Web Site: {None...yet}
Pets: None

Layout photos (click to enlarge):

Council Bluffs Yard - East
 
Council Bluffs Yard - West
 
Council Bluffs Ice Dock with No. 5 departing
Lumber Drag arriving and switcher at Council Bluffs
 
South Omaha Switcher at Swift
South Omaha Switcher at Swift
 
Valley Switcher
Turbine on Forwarder Train
 
Layout Schematic - West End
 
Actual Council Bluffs Yard schematic
 
Layout Schematic - East End
 
South Omaha Stockyards schematic
 
Modeled Council Bluffs Yard schematic
 
 

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