Since MOW has yet to complete the main line, this page will be an "information only" page until regular operating sessions start. At that time, this will be the place to view pictures and summaries of each op sesh that is held on the OVS. For now, I will "lay out" what I expect from the layout once all track work is completed. For the most part, this layout will be a "railfanning layout". Most trains will be run throughs with only a handfull stopping at Bishop yard for pickup/setouts.

Staging yards: There will be 3 staging yards on the layout.

One 10 track staging yard for the lower level, representing Mojave CA, the southern end of the layout. Trains staged here will be heading northbound, and will include empty unit coal trains, loaded and empty autorack trains, loaded container and TOFC trains, empty and loaded unit tank trains, and general merchandice trains. Most northbound trains will pass over the layout without any pick ups or drop offs. Those trains that do stop will be setting out and picking up blocks of cars in the Bishop, CA yard. There will also be a possibility of a run thru train to Tonopah, NV after a stop at Bishop yard.

One 11 track staging yard for the upper level, representing Reno/Sparks NV, the northern end of the layout. Trains staged here will be heading southbound, and will include loaded unit coal trains, loaded and empty autorack trains, empty container and TOFC trains, loaded and empty unit tank trains, an empty unit reefer train, and general merchandice trains. Most southbound trains will pass over the layout without any pick ups or drop offs. Those trains that do stop will be setting out and picking up blocks of cars in the Bishop, CA yard. There will be at least one train that will run thru straight to Tonopah, NV.

One 2 track staging yard representing Tonopah, NV. There will be 2 general merchandice trains staged here. One will stop in the Bishop yard for a break down and reblocking, and the other will be a run thru northbound to Reno/Sparks (upper level staging).

Bishop yard:

The Bishop yard switcher will be on duty at all times working from the north end of the yard breaking down and reblocking cars that are brought in from the local industries and those cars that are dropped off by thru trains. If traffic becomes too heavy, then an additional yard switcher will be brought in to work the south end of the yard. I don't see this being the case, but only time will tell, so just in case, I have added in the necessary track for this to happen. There will also be a unit reefer train that will originate out of and terminate in the yard. This will be a solid train of Owens Valley Produce refrigerator cars.

OVP:

Owens Valley Produce. This is the largest single industry on the layout. It will generate 10 - 20 Reefer cars a day, along with other supply cars for the building. Depending on traffic, this could be switched by the SBT, the Bridgeport Local, or even have it's own dedicated switch job.

South Bishop:

South Bishop is the heart of Bishop, CA, where most all heavy industry is located. The "South Bishop Turn" will switch out SB every day. I hope to have enough industry to be able to spot and pull 15 to 20 cars each operating session. The "SBT" will also have to work around the main line, spotting and picking up cars on both sides. This will have to be done in "time windows" granted by the dispatcher.

Mammoth - June Lake - Bridgeport:

This train will originate in Bishop yard and run up to the town of Mammoth. There it will pick up and set out cars for future industries. For sure I'll have 2 tracks that will represent Sierra Nevada Lumber Products. These tracks will let me set out and pick up a number of different kind of cars, but mainly woodchip and centerbeam cars. There will also be 2 more industries in town. One will be a warehouse of some sort and the other will be a brewery, at least thats what I'm leaning towards right now. After the switching is done in Mammoth, the train will continue to Bridgeport where I will have a few industries there. Once the switching is done there, the train will head back and switch out the Cinder plant at June Lake. There will be 2-4 hopper cars ready for pick up and set out. After this is finished, the train will head back to Bishop yard.

Dispatcher:

The Dispatcher will, of course, be in control of the main line. All turnouts on the main line will be controlled by dispatch. All local traffic will have to get permission to throw turnouts and occupy the main line. Dispatch will set up all meets on the 4 passing sidings on the layout. Dispatch will also throw turnouts and keep an eye on trains traveling into and out of staging. Dispatch is the boss. =)

Through Trains:

Depending on the amout of people that will show up for operating sessions, through train activity will vary. I'm hoping to have enough operators to at least run half of the staged trains, thou getting a full crew will be quite a challenge, since I don't know enough MRR's that like to operate. This layout will be one of the first around my area that will include full operations, so hopefully people from the club that have never operated before will like it and show up when I host op sessions. Only time will tell.

 

 

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