Toledo Terminal District, New York Central

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This layout features the passenger train operations of the New York Central RR at Toledo Union Station per the December 1947 public timetable, with cameo appearances by the B&O, C&O, and Wabash railroads. The railroad is presently unscenicked.

Aside from being passenger train only, my railroad’s operation is rather unorthodox, so some explanation is warranted.

The only "on-stage" location is Toledo Union Station. There are two staging yards, but they do not contain trains, only passenger cars. Engineers are given a train description card and a stack of waybills (not car cards). Engineers assemble their own trains, and at the appointed time depart for Toledo, arrive and depart there, return to staging, and disassemble their trains. Because Toledo sits at the crossroads of the Chicago - New York City "Water Level Route," and the former Toledo & Ohio Central Detroit - Cincinnati route, most trains do some switching at the station, aided by the resident 0-8-0 switcher. As it turns out, Toledo Union Station was so busy that I do not use a fast clock. Rather each session covers a different part of the day or night.

Superintendent Will Tajibnapis
Division or Location: Toledo Terminal District (Toledo, Ohio)
Interchange Railroads: B&O, C&O, Wabash
Size of Railroad: 22' x 22' plus 10' x 14' annex
Scale: HO
Era: 1947
Control System: Digitrax
Scale Clock Speed: 1:1
Length of Session: 3 hours
Number of Crew: 3-4
Train Control: Verbal Authority
Are Radios Required: No
Listed Jobs: Engineers
Accessibility: Stairs down to basement
Distance from hotel: 10 miles
Estimated travel time from hotel: 20 minutes
Web Site: {None...yet}
Pets: 3 cats

Layout photos (click to enlarge):

Niagara at speed on the mainline
Gilbert Staging Yard
Hokenson Staging yard
with New England States ready to go
Toledo Union Station

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