Freight car fleet
The mix of freight cars in use is about:
Most of the time the cars live on a rolling rack, and are moved on/off the layout as needed between sessions.
- 40% home road (white car cards)
- 20% connecting roads to the north (BAR MEC) (blue car cards)
- 10% other roads to the north not directly connecting (BN CP CN and a few others) (blue car cards)
- 20% connecting roads to the south (BM Conrail) (yellow car cards)
- 10% other roads to the south not directly connecting (yellow car cards)
Rack of freight cars
The rack contains a number of trays which hold cars in order of reporting marks.
Tray of freight cars
Placeholders are used when a car is removed from a tray. The placeholders are a piece of cardboard glued to a piece of foam, in the approximate size of a boxcar. The placeholders are marked to show where that car is. If a car is not in a tray, there are only two places it could be ... on the layour (IN SERVICE) or sidelined for repair at the bench (BAD ORDER).
There are two interchange tracks, one extending off each end of the layout. These tracks are where cars are exchanged between sessions.
End of session
At the end of each session, if things went correctly, there will be a cut of cars on each interchange track. We are done with these cars for now. They are removed and placed in the rack. Fresh cars are selected and placed on the track for the next session, with waybills filled out as needed. The first freight runs of the session will retrieve them and bring them onto the layout for sorting and delivery.
Home Revised Oct 30 2014