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increasing number of similar, useful books for many railroads listed in the bibliography. Wayner has published two books on actual consists: Passenger Train Consists of the 1940s and Passenger Train Consists 1923 to 1973. For the first five years of A mtrak, see Fraileys Zephyrs, Chiefs and Other Orphans, which contains detailed rosters of each train for several post-1971 dates, illustrating the mixture of cars from railroads all over the system and explaining Amtraks marketing logic for each consist.

Service Buildings

Down to Staging

Contemporary layout design emphasizes the use of staging tracks to suggest traffic flow from beyond the visible limits of the layout. In the case of a passenger train oriented layout, the flow of trains into and out of the terminal and its supporting coach yard and related tracks, could come from and go to staging yards (see Figure 1). In the case of a major terminal with trains of several railroads being served (e.g., Dearborn in Chicago with seven railroads: Santa F e, Grand Trunk Western, Chicago and Eastern Illinois, Erie, Wabash, Monon and the terminal switching line, Chicago and Western Indiana), the designer is free to operate a large and diverse set of passenger trains. For an example of an outstanding model railroad featuring Santa Fe passenger service through Kansas City, see Chuck Hitchcocks layout. It has appeared in articles and a videotape in the Keller series. See the attached bibliography.


Post Office

Railway Express

Upper Level Lower Level

Reversing Loop

Up to Mainline

Layout Design Elements
As a start on envisioning and selecting t he layout design elements from which s election can be made, break down the c omponents or elements into two broad classes: functions located in or near the terminal and those located at a more remote location the coach yard. The following refers primarily to stub-end stations. At the terminal, there might be (in addition to the terminal building and train shed), facilities f or United States Post Office traffic, for the Railway Express Agency, and private or railroad business cars. In the coach yard w ould be such specialized facilities as a c ar washer, a commissary for supplying d ining cars, Pullman Company facilities
Staging Tracks

Figure 1 Passenger Train Oriented Layout for servicing sleeping cars, a service track f or each train, and a group of buildings h ousing the craft shops needed to keep the cars in repair along with drop pits for c hanging out wheelsets. These might be supplemented depending upon the space a vailable for your layout by a coach yard for commuter trains, a power plant to supply steam, electricity and compressed
Station Pullman Pullman

air, and a major car shop. Note that in some cases, the coach yard was adjacent to the terminal, such as in St. Louis. Through stations also could incorporate tracks for set-out cars (see Figure 2). For a stimulating example of a through station, see Armstrong, Track Planning for Realistic Operation, Figure 1-10, online passenger train switching.

Railway Express

Post Office

Figure 2 Through Station

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