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Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:54:44 am »
Welcome to the Long Valley Industrial Railroad. In 1980 Conrail submitted an application to the ICC to abandon the Midland Secondary and the Long Valley Branch. The local industries in Long Valley wishing to maintain rail shipments, purchased the Long Valley Branch and enough of the Midland Secondary to maintain rail service on the Long Valley Branch from Conrail. When the contract was signed with Conrail, a MP15DC was leased from a local short line and a second hand caboose was purchased in order to maintain rail service on the new Long Valley Industrial Railroad.

Midland Interchange Yard.


Vulcan Steel Fabricating Metal receiving Shed and Scrap yard. 


Medusa Cement Silos and Snyder Box


Over view of layout. Notice the coal loader at Midland Interchange yard has been removed.


Track Layout created using Atlas Right Track Software.


Operations track chart of the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.


Even though this layout looks like a simple loop on a hollow core door, I operate the layout as if were a Point to Point railroad. When looking at the layout, image cutting the rail at the highway crossing and bending both sections straight. Therefore, you only have seven car lengths plus a locomotive between the Long Valley Jct. switch and end of track on the Midland Interchange Yard side of the layout. And you have 8 cars and a locomotive head room on the Long Valley side of the layout near the Vulcan Steel Fabricating plant. Verbal authority is granted by the dispatcher to the Long Valley crew to occupy the Long Valley Industrial track. The dispatcher is located in the Midland Interchange Yard Office.

The day begins with Conrail delivering all inbound cars to the Midland Interchange yard. This is my open staging yard. The Long Valley Crew then places their caboose on the end of the train, runs around the cars and pushes the train out past the Long Valley Jct switch. The train then proceeds to Long Valley to service the local industries. When finished in Long Valley, the crew places the caboose on the end of the train and the locomotive then leads the outbound cars back to the Long Valley Jct. The outbound cars are then placed on the interchange track and the Locomotive and caboose is tied down at the yard office, ending the operating session.

I hope you have enjoyed your tour of the Long Valley Industrial railroad.   

Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 08:56:02 am »
Hello Rich

Thank you for this very informative post and for these super photographs.  I certainly enjoyed my tour of the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.  Looking at your photographs, I was greatly impressed by the believable scene that you have created.  I was reminded of the V&O and Midland Road.

With best wishes.

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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 10:00:03 am »
Great job, Rich. I like it a lot :thumbsup:

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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 10:04:04 am »
You've got a fan club here, mate!  :beers:
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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2017, 12:08:02 pm »
Great layout, keep us posted 8)

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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 05:47:06 pm »
Fantastic operation, Rich!
Your layout is the proof of a smaller pike can be operated as realistically as a larger counterparts.
And an oval track arrangement can be good as point to point arrangements.
Thank you for the operation information, Rich!

Question:
I've been using switch lists method that driven from car cards and waybills system.
But for me, it's a somewhat cumbersome way.
What is the most simple way to randomly generate switch lists?
Can I do it without computer programs?

By the way, your scenery is amazing, Rich.
And those ballasted tracks!! Just fantastic!!

Dats



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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 09:27:58 pm »

Question:
I've been using switch lists method that driven from car cards and waybills system.
But for me, it's a somewhat cumbersome way.
What is the most simple way to randomly generate switch lists?
Can I do it without computer programs?

By the way, your scenery is amazing, Rich.
And those ballasted tracks!! Just fantastic!!

Dats


Hi Dats, Thank you for the compliments on the scenery and ballast. 

   If you want to use Switch lists without car cards or waybills, you can just randomly pick cars from your car storage location, mine is a box that sits under my table.



And add the car information to your Switch List as you place that car in your yard.



Mine is pretty simple, since I can only have 5 inbound and 5 outbound cars per movement. 

Now Dats if you want to get really fancy, you can create a Employee timetable for your layout.



Yes Dats, my children are all grown, moved away and I have a lot of free time on my hands  :smiley-laughing:


Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2017, 11:38:15 pm »
nice layout!

cheers for posting pics and explanation


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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2017, 10:44:37 am »
Hi Rich

Thank you very much for the information!
I'm getting lazy everyday so I just want to use only a switch list when I in my closet.
(Less paper work is better for me since my average train length is whopping 4cars!!)
That's a great idea to write special instructions though.
I have a bunch of stuff that don't make operational sense but the special instructions might help dictate them "That's the way it is. Obey the rule!" kind of thing.  :D
I heard that Espee used SPINS diagrams so I might try drawing similar thing along with special instructions. (you gave me a great idea!)

I need to attend your book of rule class,  Rich!
Thank you again!

Dats
P.S. So many goodies in the box!  :drool:
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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2017, 10:48:40 pm »

P.S. So many goodies in the box!  :drool:



Hi Dats, You are welcome for the suggestions and ideas. As for the box, yes that is 28 years worth of collecting N scale stuff.  I also have 22 years worth of collecting HO stuff in 2 separate boxes in the attic.  :doh:  I was an HO modeler before switching over to N scale in 1989.

A little off subject, but here is a picture of my first HO scale train set that was given to me as a Christmas present in 1967.
 


Here is the instruction sheet for the locomotive.



Now back to our regularly scheduled topic  :smiley-laughing:


Cheers,
Rich S.

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Rule Book Class
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2017, 11:58:07 pm »

I need to attend your book of rule class,  Rich!

Dats



Hi Dats,
   Here is your Rule Book Class on the Long Valley Industrial Railroad.











You are now qualified as a Brakeman on the Long Valley Industrial Railroad  :thumbsup:
Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2017, 03:32:06 am »
Wow, Rich!

It looks like a real special instructions!
Contents and the way it's written and even paper size is a real thing!
It has a lot of information.
I won't see big 6 axle nor auotracks on the line.
I don't need to deal with the Dispatcher. Etc..
Yes, sir! I'm qualified on the line now.
If engineer forget those speed restrictions, I'm ready to pull a dump valve. Never know who is watching! (Well, I should tell the engineer first.)
And if I forget to line a switch as instructions said, I'll blame the Conductor.  :D
I also make sure that equipments are not fouling as per instructions.
Can I hold a regular job with my newbie seniority there? Or I have to be in the extra list for awhile?
I can't wait for the Conductor promotion test!

For my layout, I operate myself so technically speaking I really don't need the special instructions but nice to see all operational condition in clear manner like that!
I want to write a special instructions for my layout now!
Did you use a word software to write yours?

I'm totally impressed about the way you run the layout.
You said that you operate your layout. You weren't kidding, you're REALLY operating it!!
Thank you very much for sharing this. I'm learning a lot!!
If you have more tips for solo operation, please share with me.

Dats





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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2017, 02:42:49 pm »
Dats

I use dice to randomly generate traffic for my railroad; and extention of one of my MHRR videos on Youtube!

Rich, I think your layout is great.  I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that if you want to extend the run on your loop layout, you decide say that twenty circuits of the layout means the train has travelled enough distance that it's now left the layout.  It's what I used to do on my original Montrose and Highland Railroad layout which was called "Crane Heights".

Happy New Year!

Andy
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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2018, 12:40:44 am »
Wow, Rich!

It looks like a real special instructions!
Contents and the way it's written and even paper size is a real thing!
It has a lot of information.
I won't see big 6 axle nor auotracks on the line.
I don't need to deal with the Dispatcher. Etc..
Yes, sir! I'm qualified on the line now.
If engineer forget those speed restrictions, I'm ready to pull a dump valve. Never know who is watching! (Well, I should tell the engineer first.)
And if I forget to line a switch as instructions said, I'll blame the Conductor.  :D
I also make sure that equipments are not fouling as per instructions.
Can I hold a regular job with my newbie seniority there? Or I have to be in the extra list for awhile?
I can't wait for the Conductor promotion test!

For my layout, I operate myself so technically speaking I really don't need the special instructions but nice to see all operational condition in clear manner like that!
I want to write a special instructions for my layout now!
Did you use a word software to write yours?

I'm totally impressed about the way you run the layout.
You said that you operate your layout. You weren't kidding, you're REALLY operating it!!
Thank you very much for sharing this. I'm learning a lot!!
If you have more tips for solo operation, please share with me.

Dats

Hi Dats, Yes, I used Microsoft Word 2010 to create my Employee Timetable. I then print it out on my HP ink jet printer. There is an option in MS-Word that allows you to print the odd pages, then you reinsert the paper back into the printer and print the even pages on the back of the odd pages. Then it's just a simple matter of folding in half and adding staples.

You're in luck the good news is, even though you are a newbie you're number 1 on the roster.  The bad news is, all jobs are extra board jobs and the pay is one can of Pepsi and a small bag of Snyder's potato chips.  :laugh:

   
Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: Introducing the Long Valley Industrial Railroad
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2018, 01:04:38 am »
Dats

I use dice to randomly generate traffic for my railroad; and extention of one of my MHRR videos on Youtube!

Rich, I think your layout is great.  I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that if you want to extend the run on your loop layout, you decide say that twenty circuits of the layout means the train has travelled enough distance that it's now left the layout.  It's what I used to do on my original Montrose and Highland Railroad layout which was called "Crane Heights".

Happy New Year!

Andy
UK


Hi Andy, That is the unique thing about my layout. Scenery wise it's pretty generic. From time to time my layout will go though an identity crisis, it may become the Pittsburgh & West Virginia Long Valley branch, the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Long Valley branch, the Southern railway Long Valley branch, the Pennsylvania railroad Long Valley branch or the Ann Arbor Long Valley branch. When that happens, I actually do as you've said, the train leaves the Midland Interchange yard and makes one entire loop around the layout, reaching the town of Long Valley. When the work is completed in Long Valley, the caboose is placed on the other end of the train and the train must make one complete loop in the opposite direction to re-enter the Midland Interchange yard.   You know the old saying, "Variety is the spice of life" Having the layout change identities from time to time keeps it interesting.
 










I have a few others, but those are the major players  :)
Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy New Year and Happy modeling in 2018  :thumbsup:


Cheers,
Rich S.

 

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