PASSENGER CAR OPS WITH STEAM

To add a bit of variety, the switching of passenger cars and express cars can be done with an 0-8-0 Switcher.  While generally the operations remain the same, there is one specific operation that is different: turning observation and solarium cars.

Unlike performing this operation with an Alco HH6oo, the turntable is not long enough hold a steam switcher and a heavyweight car together.  So a special movement is needed.  Here is how it is made.

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Above we find Class U3a Heavy Switcher NYC 7821 and Pullman Solarium car “Toronto” on a coach yard lead.  This train crosses-over to another lead towards the turntable (below).  As all the switches are manual, we stop and pause to allow our brakie to dismount and throw the switch.  Since we only have about 10 feet of trackage here, we maximize the experience by making proper train movements with appropriate whistle signals.

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Our switching job continues until in position and halts, as seen below.

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The locomotive uncouples and backs onto the turntable.

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The turntable is aligned to the adjacent track, allowing us to run-around the Pullman (below).

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Toronto is then backed onto the turntable…

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…centered, the engine uncouples and moves forward to clear the bridge.

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Our Pullman is then turned 180 degrees (below).

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As seen below, our switching crew retrieves the Pullman and re-spots it in the same location before turning.  They then uncouple and cross-over to run-around the same way they did previously, using the turntable.

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Switchers at the Central Terminal coach yard always face east.  The run-around move completed, NYC 7821 will take the turned Pullman back to its waiting train at the station platforms (in our case, that would be staging).

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I find this to be good fun.

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