Given our last few sessions, it’s clear the crews (on the road and in the yard) don’t understand the LM&O’s freight flow. Hopefully this will help them understand. It is your responsibility to make sure that our cargoes enter, cross, and leave our bridge route as intended.
So first, a legend showing car types…
Below shows the basic routing of cars across our railroad.
Blue cars (Bridge Traffic) are nothing more than cuts of cars that travel endlessly between Martin and Calypso yards. You pick these cars up at the first yard you come to and drop it off at the second. These are always detailed on switchlists.
Yellow cars (Inbound cars) are freights for local destinations coming on to the division. These are always denoted with individual waybills. You pick up these bills in staging and drop them at Martin Yard (want to know more? At this point, they are placed on locals and sent out to Shelfton, Mingo, Zanesville and Carbon Hill.)
Orange Cars (Outbound cars) are loads leaving our division. These are always denoted with waybills with routing information PUNCHED OUT to show they’ve already been serviced at their on-division industry. They always leave for Cincinnati or Bound Brook.
The lower illustration shows the yellow cars coming into Martin Yard, and the orange cars leaving. The blue cars continue their endless cycle between Martin and Calypso. (What to know more? This lengthens our trains through the mountains to sizes longer than we can store in staging ).
So let’s follow two trains, one east, one west. This will show how switching occurs in both yards.
When 202 arrives in Martin Yard, it is moving towards the LEFT (note the location of engine and caboose). The following occurs:
What the crew gives the yardmaster: The waybills for the inbound cars.
What the yardmaster gives the crew: The waybills for the outbound cars and the switchlist for the bridge cars.
Once Train 202 clears the summit at Harris Glen, it rolls downgrade to Calypso. This yard has no dedicated switcher but the work here is easy. The crew needs to just drop the bridge cuts off. The outbound cars stay with the train to Bound Brook.
So now the train is pointing to the right. The move is simple.
The train pulls into Calypso and does their own switching. They have only one task:
What the crew picks up: The switchlist for the bridge cars they are taking (they should already have the inbound waybills from staging)
This is the most difficult switching of all the freights and it’s still not much. With the train moving towards the right, the following takes place.
What the crew gives the yardmaster: The switchlist of the bridge cars and the waybills of the inbound cars.
What the yardmaster gives the crew: The waybills of the outbound cars.
Please review this information and keep it in mind. Feel free to ask me questions.