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#38770 Jan 3, 2003

The ZTS numbered them 006 and 007 which are lower numbers than the main

> line's #102 and called them switching tracks. Industries are numbered in

> the 700 series. I take that to mean 006 and 007 are tracks used to sort

> cars while working industries--in other words, a small industry supportyard > which is what Donovan said he wants.

>

> Linda Sand

That's right! I was going to ask about this point because I thought that

perhaps it was merely a terminology thing. Maybe the MoPac called a small

area to switch cars around something other than a yard - I didn't know, but

I know that Dave does. OTOH, I also thought that maybe it was merely a

misunderstanding of what I wanted when I said "I want a yard" in my G&D's -

either way, this qualifies as what I was originally hoping for.

So, is there another name for MoP switching tracks that I ought to know

about?

~Donovan



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#38778 Jan 3, 2003

On Thursday, January 02, 2003 6:54 PM, Donovan Furin wrote: > > The ZTS numbered them 006 and 007 which are lower numbers than the main

> > line's #102 and called them switching tracks. Industries are numbered in > > the 700 series. I take that to mean 006 and 007 are tracks used to sort > > cars while working industries--in other words, a small industry support

> yard

> > which is what Donovan said he wants.

> That's right! I was going to ask about this point because I thought that

> perhaps it was merely a terminology thing. Maybe the MoPac called a small > area to switch cars around something other than a yard========================

In the plan I drew the "yard" is configured in conventional yard

arrangement (fairly long, parallel tracks, double ended). What I was

trying to say is that from the Terraserver photos and the ZTS map, the

prototype yard area isn't configured in that manner. The tracks don't

appear to be long enough to hold a cut longer than a dozen cars or so (if

that), which is really short. There are five cars clearly seen in the

photo that can be used to judge distance in addition to the key scales.

If Donovan is only planning trains of 5-9 cars then it will work. If he is

planning to incorporate this into a larger layout (another G&D)and use it

for terminating a typical larger train (over a dozen cars) the yard won't

work if configured prototypically.

So yes those are considered yard tracks. Yes they are part of the old

Joplin yard. But no, they are not useable for classifying trains, so if

all Donovan wants is a place to sort and hold spot cars, the yard is OK, if

he's looking for something more, the facility isn't big enough.

The really cool thing is the "Four States" tracks #708-709 are actually the

leads to a roundhouse, its distinctive shape can be seen in this

Terraserver shot:

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Dave H.






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