Albany Union Station models the New York Central and Delaware & Hudson in and around Albany, NY about 1966-68. The NYC (upper level) uses a double-ended staging yard representing both from East and West to/from Albany Union Station and Bull Run Yard on the Island. The lower level is D&H which is point to loop from the small Kenwood Yard, (staging south) passing and interchanging with NYC’s Bull Run Yard and the passenger ramp from Union Station heading north thru major urban switching areas at North Albany and Menands on to Colonie Yard and loops (staging north) where trains are considered on the way north to Montreal and other off-layout D&H / B&M destinations.
We use (very casually) a 2/1 fast clock (online app) in about 3+ hour sessions to handle 2-3 roundtrip NYC express and two local runs plus 2 D&H roundtrip freights and Breaker Island Branch turn, plus a B&M (via D&H trackage rights) R/T freight. There are up to 10 passenger trains per session as well as mail & express trains with a lot of switching and interchange between NYC & D&H. The passenger schedules represent the actual spring 1967 schedules and consists (with some upgrades). The actual 24 hour schedule is divided into 6 scale-hour increments for each session. The D&H additionally runs two locals that were not in the 1967 schedule as well as ‘thru’ B&M passenger trains extended from Troy for operating interest. Also in that vein via NYC main ‘extended’ to Albany are a Harlem Division local and a New Haven New York-Pittsfield-Albany R/T (depending on which of four sessions is operated for MinnRail) thanks to (in my world) funding by the Tri-State DOT.
The layout is 40’ x 28’ two levels around the walls to/from the large Albany Union Station, Bull Run Yard and D&H main/interchange on the ‘Island’ portion.
Layout Photos (click to enlarge):
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