|This large double decked layout recreates the high speed bridge traffic of the New York Central (Canada Southern) and the Chesapeake and Ohio from Detroit through the Detroit River Tunnel (DRT) and Southwestern Ontario to Buffalo in the mid-1950s. Passenger service is showcased, including all 27 daily scheduled trains of the Canadian Pacific and the NYC that used the DRT. The fast freights of the NYC, the C&O and the CPR account for a further 20 daily trips, while leaving room for numerous locals, yard jobs and transfers on the schedule. The upper deck models Chicago staging, the Detroit passenger terminal, Detroit River Tunnel, Windsor yard and icing facilities, as well as the C&O mainline through Leamington. The lower deck follows the two mainlines east from Windsor through the small town of West Lorne, two division point yards in St. Thomas, staging in Buffalo and CPR freight operations in Woodstock. A branch off the helix represents the C&O line to Chatham and Sarnia, including a car float operation across the St. Clair River. The CPR mainline through Chatham to Toronto staging is also represented.
The layout is operations oriented, with a dispatcher to manage traffic using the ProTrak freight forwarding software. Extensive staging is used to handle over 70 train movements daily, representing destinations in Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago and Toronto. Completing the 24 hour cycle generally takes 5 or so operating sessions at a 2-1 fast clock ratio.
|SIZE||23 x 35||POWER||Digitrax DCC and extensive sound|
|Dispatcher, ProTrak computerized freight forwarding and passenger operations|