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 Posted: Sun Sep 27th, 2009 07:03 pm
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Back in the day in Model Railroader, old timers like John Allen, Whit Towers, Cliff Robinson and others used to have articles about the trains that ran on their layouts.  I thought this would be a good place to recreate some of that magic by outlining the operations of the Spadra Turn on my Missouri Pacific Van Buren Sub layout.

Our train today only has one GP35 for power and 9 cars (1 gon for Davis Salvage, 5 cars for Ozark and 3 for Spadra).  Here the turn heads east past the yard office.



Leaving Van Buren, we pass by the Farmland elevator on the east side.



When we arrive at Alma, the crew cuts off the mty gon and picks up the loaded gon at Davis Salvage.



After switching Alma, we head east for Spadra.  Here we pass along the Arkansas River about to enter the cut just east of Ozark.








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After passing through Ozark (we'll switch Ozark on the return trip) and Clarksville Jct. (more on that later) we arrive in Spadra.



This area is also known as the abyss since it is 50+ inches above the floor.  We pull down the main, uncouple the engine and run around our train to get the last 3 cars that will be spotted on the team track.



Leaving the cab on the main we shove down the siding to the team track and pull 2 mty boxcars from the team track.



We then spot the loads on the team track (2 boxcars loaded with bricks and 1 flat with a couple of dozers).  We will then pick up the mtys and run back around our train.







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On the west side of Spardra again, we couple up the cab and shove it and the 2 mtys down the siding.  We then pickup the remainder of our train on the main and put our train together for the trip back to Ozark.






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We pass Clarksville Jct on the way to Ozark.  This is where the branch to Clarksville leaves the main.  There will be a small yard at this location that serves a cement plant and co-op.  The branch will then continue to Clarksville where a feed mill, poultry processing plant and lumber yard are switched.



A few minutes later we arrive in Ozark



We then break the train ahead of the gon and switch the plastic pellet hoppers on the team track.



After switching the east end we pull down to the west end to switch the siding.  Right now I use the siding for cars bound for Clarksville and the jct yard while that area is under construction.  Later this siding will be used for overflow pellet hoppers.







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 Posted: Sun Sep 27th, 2009 07:53 pm
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Thanks mopman, your line looks fun to operate :thumb:

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After switching the west end the crew couples up the train, runs an air test and heads back to Van Buren.



A while later we arrive back in Van Buren where we are routed down the 4 rail to tie down our train.



This operation takes just under an hour to complete.  Maybe that's why I enjoy running this train so much.  Hope you enjoy.



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 Posted: Sun Sep 27th, 2009 08:10 pm
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Looks like fun, Jim!

How much paperwork/card shuffling is involved to decide what cars you are going to put where?

The only thing that was missing was going in the hole to avoid a scheduled train.


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Yes, operating on Jim's layout is lots of fun. Jim has been into this operations thing for many years, I just fell into it a while back. The thing that makes his layout so much fun is that the trackwork is flawless (handlaid), the locos run like all good ancient Athearn diesels should, his couplers are all correctly installed and operate as they should also. In all, it is a pleasure to take the Spadra turn and see the fine scenery. I trust this will be the first of many scenes from Mopman and will inspire others to operate their trains as they were intended to be operated. Great fun and apparently, no old men were harmed during filming of this episode.

          Thank you Jim..... the Outlaw troublemaker



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Currently there isn't any paperwork.  I just decide what needs to go where.  Right now its easy as the industry type dictates the car type.  I do plan on using car cards and 4-way waybills in the future.  As for the meet, it is not unusual for the turn to have this portion of the line all by its lonesome.  In reality there are only 4 to 6 through trains a day that traverse this line.  But be patient, the days not over yet.

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Ok, as promised...the yard job. When we last saw the YJ, it was sitting at the yard office as the Spadra turn was leaving. We get ready to leave for the east end of Van Buren to switch the Farmland elevator.


A few minutes later we start switching hoppers at Farmland

After switching Farmland we pull the hoppers back to the yard and leave them on the east end of 3 rail. Then we pull the loaded pig flats from the TOFC ramp and spot them on the west end of 3 rail.

2 pigs that are on the 4 rail are then shoved to the TOFC ramp for unloading.












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