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.
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