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Cumberland West - Layout walkaround - B&O and WM Railroad ( DCC HO large layout tour )

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Uploaded on Apr 2, 2011

Cumberland West - Western Maryland and B&O Railroads
HO Scale
Owner: David Parks

This video was taken on January 2011.

This layout is a representation of the town of Cumberland, Maryland, in 1953, were both the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) and the Western Maryland (WM) railroads had tracks going through, and parts of its surrounding towns and mines.

The layout is single layer in a 1200 sq. ft. room with Mole staging. There is a detailed backdrop, complete scenery and also rough scenery, and a few bridges and structures. The B&O includes the junction of the Pittsburgh and Cumberland Divisions and part of the West End Sub. The Western Maryland includes the junction in Cumberland, along with parts of the Thomas and Connellsville Subs. Each railroad is operated independently of the other, except for interchanges and minor trackage rights. Both railroads are 'bridge' lines with an abundance of thru manifest traffic. Coal is the local focus. Both railroads have a Dispatcher, Stage Manager and Coal Manager. The Coal Manager works with the Dispatcher to regulate coal loads and empty hopper traffic. An operating session focuses on one railroad with the other sometimes offering moving scenery.

The WM is single track with many on-line mines and uses timetable and train orders. Only a single passenger train is scheduled. Most station operator positions are unmanned and the train crews communicate with the dispatcher. WM local activity is dominated by local coal mines

The B&O is double track main with 'Current of Traffic' rules using B&O 9 aspect Color Position Lights (CPL) signals. Four Tower Operators control interlocking sections. They use computer touch-screens to manipulate switches and signals with pseudo Standard Signal graphics. The B&O has many named passenger trains and some passenger switching in Cumberland. B&O coal mines are off- line. Operations center on the Keyser coal switching yard and a small manifest yard.

Digitrax DCC is used for control. Stage routing is controlled via computer screens. Car forwarding uses car cards and waybills for manifest freights. Coal and empty hoppers use multi-car coal orders. Communications is via a 1950's era 14 station multi-line phone system. The clock is real time.

Shot and edited 3/2011

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