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The Metaline Falls Railroad (MFR) is a proto-freelanced model railroad based on the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad located in northern Idaho and north eastern Washington State. For the very latest on the layout, please visit my YouTube channel and follow along with my Instagram account.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Track Plan #3

The track is laid down now, so this is the final track plan.  My goal was to create an operationally interesting design without filling up the space with a mess of unrealistic trackwork. I am pretty happy with the results.
A typical operation session would unfold as follows:
The BNSF arrives from Newport (staging) with cars destined for industries on the layout.  
The MFTR local switcher collects the cars, sorts them at the yard and readies them for distribution.
Loaded Cement hoppers are replaced with empties at the Cement Factory.
Empty pulpwood cars are spotted at the sawmill.
The switcher then performs a run around maneuver to set up the boxcars and tank cars for delivery on the facing-point siding at the Paper Recycling Facility.
Cars are spotted at the appropriate doors at the Recycling Facility.  Some cars may need to be moved temporarily to allow others to be pulled or spotted.
Cars destined for Newport (staging) are then collected and readied for their destination at Newport.
BNSF collects the outbound cars and returns to Newport (staging).
Industries typically receive the following cars per operating session:
Cement Factory: 4-6 2-Bay Covered Hoppers
Paper Recycling Facility: 1-3 50' Boxcars, 0-1 Tank car
Sawmill: 1-2 Pulpwood cars

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