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. The Minn Rail session will cover 1:00am to 3:00am and calls for 3 operators.
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