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Operating Jobs at North Franklin Yard

Welcome to North Franklin, West Virginia.  In North Franklin it is always a beautiful day in the summer of 1979.  The Lakeside Lines Railroad has  yet to be swallowed up by the mega-mergers.  Lots of Geeps can still be found on the main line and cabooses are required by law on every train.

We will be operating the double track main line through the town of North Franklin, WV and between the pinch points of Frost Tunnel and Bluff Tunnel.  The undulating grades and severe curvature of this section of the Lakeside Lines main line make it a challenge to move the traffic through.  In addition, there are several railroad customers that must be served in the area, meaning track time is occupird with locals making pickups and setouts, as well as by the town shifter.  The junction for the Covington branch of the railroad is also located here.

We will operate under the athority of the tower operator by signal indication. The remainder unseen portions of the railroad (staging yards) are controlled by by the dispatcher, who also will make all train assignments.  Due to the severity of the North Franklin district there are signaled control points at half mile intervals.   Any movements through stop signals must be authorized specifically by the dispatcher and made at restricted speed.  Normal road speed in this area is 25 mph, 20 mph on Hines Hill. When speed is restricted movements are made at 10 mph or less to assure stopping is possible short of the followng signal or any obstructions.

A third track exists between Covington Junction and Hines Hill.  This track is dark and the town shifter may operate here unless movement is restricted by the dispatcher.

The place of the yard at North Franklin in the railroad is shown below:








The Lakeside Lines - North Franklin Yard

General Operating Instructions


Copyright © 2008 Lakeside Lines HO Scale Railroad

Tom Harris   tharris@va.net

The superintendant organizes operating sessions and makes all crew assignments.  You might say he owns the railroad.  During operating sessions he prepares all switch lists, oversees the total operation, and solves any problems that might arrise.
The trainmaster supervises the conductors and engineers and works in cooperation with the dispatcher.  His specific responsibilities are as follows:

•Determine which trains will be run and in what order.
•Assign crews for each train.
•Use macros to set up the staging yard for trains to enter and depart the visable railroad.
•Work with the CJ Tower to authorize movements into and out of the staging yard.
•Monitors compliance of train crews with respect to the operating rules.
CJ Tower Operator
•Works in conjunction with the trainmaster to allow trains to proceed out of and into the staging yard.
•Works directly with train conductors to allow train movements over the visable railroad.
•Sets up routes and meets for trains on the visable railroad including the operation of all main line switches.
•Sets up all signal indications at the control points.
•Monitors activity on the railroad and makes adjustments to planned train movements as necessary.
•Is one of two members of a train crew.
•Communicates with the trainmaster about train assignments and to obtain authorization to depart the staging yard.
•Communicates with the dispatcher as necessary to authorize train movements.
•Passes on information concerning train movement to the engineer.
•Prior to departure he reviews the train's condition in the staging yard; making sure it is in good order, properly lighted, and has switches lined for departure.
•Keeps an eye on the caboose end of the train, communicates with the engineer when the caboose passes restricting points.
•Calls out signal indications to the engineer.
•OS's the train's passing control points along the railroad.
•Activates and deactivates grade crossing flashers.
•Is one of two members of a train crew.
•Communicates with the conductor about train movement authorizations.
•Operates the trains locomotives.
•Operates the train's lighting as per railroad rules.
•Uses the bell and horn as per railroad rules for starting, stopping, grade crossings, bridges, tunnels, and passenger platforms.
•Calls out signal indications to the conductor.
•Operates the train per signal indication, unless orders are given by the dispatcher.