MONASHEE PACIFIC OPERATIONS

The Edmonton Model Railroad Association uses a car-card and waybill (CC&WB) operating scheme for our operating sessions (usually the second Tuesday of each month). Each crew is given a stack of car cards, corresponding with the cars in their train, and in each car card is a waybill, giving a destination and load for that car. Each waybill has up to 4 different destinations on it, allowing each car to move to 4 different locations before starting the cycle all over again. This system is almost an exact copy of the system used by Tony Koester, and explained in the March 1993 Model Railroader. Once a car is delivered to its destination, the card and waybill is placed in the slot for that particular industry. Between operating sessions, the traffic coordinator will flip the waybills and the car will be delivered to its next destination at the next operating session. This system gives the impression that the train is actually going somewhere and doing something.

Some waybills are dedicated to particular trains:

When a crew arrives in a town, they go through all the industry slots looking for cars to pick up. The waybill will tell you if the car is to be picked up or if it stays. If the waybill destination (the TO: line) indicates the car is to be delivered to the industry where it is already located, then the car is still being emptied or loaded. If the TO: line of the waybill has a different destination, then the car is ready to be picked up. Each town will also have a slot for cars that could not be delivered to their correct industry, due to lack of space or some other reason. These cars/slots will be called "off-spot" or "to be spotted". If any cars are found in these slots, and can be delivered to their rightful destination, they are to be delivered.

Here are the freight trains and what each one does:

Coal Turn
Max length 24 (20 unit (ELC reporting marks), 4 on-line (MONP) cars)
Originates in Monashee Summit, turns in Echo Lake
Switches at Monashee Summit and Echo Lake.

@Monashee Summit: Ensure unit coal caboose is in track 8. Take loaded ELC hoppers from track 6, move to track 8. Take ELC empties from track 4 and fill out with cars from inbound unit train to 20 ELC cars max. Empty ELC hoppers in track 4 must be taken before cars in track 2. Take up to 4 non-ELC hoppers as well.

@Echo Lake: Switch ELC loader (front two tracks).
(Because of the grade on the hill, no switching can be done with loaded cars.)
Engines run light (no cars) to mine, and bring 1/2 of loads down. Take 10 empty ELC hoppers up, and bring remaining loads down. Take remaining empty ELC hoppers up. Switch out MONP loader (behind mine).

@Monashee Summit: Shove loads into track 8 to max 25 cars. Put rest on track 6. Pick up ELC empties to maximum 20, put any extras from track 2 onto track 4. Fill out with up to 4 non-ELC hoppers.

Repeat after one mine shift, when cars at mine are loaded.

Unit Coal Train North
Max Length 35 unit coal cars (ELC reporting marks)
Originates in Columbia Gardens, terminates in Monashee Summit.
No online switching.

@Monashee Summit: leave train on track 2. Put locomotives in shop tracks.

Unit Coal Train South
Max Length 35 unit coal cars (ELC reporting marks)
Originates in in Monashee Summit, terminates in Columbia Gardens.
No online switching.

@Monashee Summit: Pick up locomotives from shops, take loads from track 6 to add to train in track 8 to maximum 35 car length.

@Columbia Gardens: run through loop, leave train on track 4 (rear track).

Blue Springs Wayfreight
Max Length 18 cars.
Originates in Monashee Summit, ends in Vernon.
Switches Monashee Summit, Echo Lake, Blue Springs and Lavington.

@Monashee Summit: Cars to be picked up in Monashee Summit will be on track 3. Check for other outbound cars (especially at the engine facilities, and move them to their proper track.

@Echo Lake: At Echo Lake Coal, only switch materials track. Required to switch the rest of Echo Lake.

@Blue Springs: Switch all tracks.

@Lavington: If there are piggyback flats at the ramp, pick them up.
If there are NO piggybacks, pick up the cars from the siding.

Fire Valley Wayfreight
Max length 18 cars, limit relaxed from Castlegar to Renata.
Originates in Castlegar and turns in Fire Valley
Switch Renata, Edgewood, and Fire Valley.

Leave empty ore hoppers at Fire Valley and Renata mines. Pick up ore hoppers from Fire Valley and Renata on southbound trip.

@Renata: spot Expediter reefers at fruit packer with doors aligned between tracks.

Lumby Turn
Maximum length 18 cars, limit relaxed North of Lavington
Originates in Vernon, turns in Lumby.
Switches Lavington, Lumby, and 2-Month Gap.

Brings all cars picked up back to Vernon.

@Lavington: on southbound trip:
pull outbound traffic from all trailing point spurs. Leave these cars in the siding.

@Lumby: switch all cars.

@Lavington: on northbound trip:
If there are piggyback flats at the ramp, pick them up.
If there are NO piggybacks, pick up the cars from the siding.

Northbound Through
Max length 29 cars, 35 cars North of Castlegar
Originates in Columbia Gardens and terminates in Armstrong.
Switches at Castlegar and Monashee Summit only.

@Castlegar: Yard switcher will handle switching.

@Monashee Summit: Pick up cars destined for Lumby, Lavington, Vernon, Kelowna, and Armstrong. Do not drop cars

@Vernon: the crew is relieved until the train is reassembled for continuation to Armstrong. The same crew will then take the train into Armstrong.

Southbound Through
Maximum length 35 cars, 29 cars South of Castlegar
Originates in Armstrong, terminates in Columbia Gardens.
Switches at Monashee Summit and Castlegar only.

Crew brings train into Vernon from staging and is relieved until the train is reassembled by Vernon yard. Crew is recalled when train is ready.

@Monashee Summit: Pick up any cars left on track 5 in Monashee Summit billed to Castlegar and Columbia Gardens. Do not drop cars

@Castlegar: Yard switcher will handle switching.

Expediter North
Maximum length 29 cars.
Originates in Columbia Gardens, terminates in Vernon. Switches at Castlegar. (Expediter reefer cards have a red E)

@Castlegar: Yard switcher will handle switching.

Expediter South
Maximum length 29 cars.
Originates in Vernon, terminates in Columbia Gardens.
Switches at Renata. (Expediter waybills have a red dot)

Picks up expediter reefers from Renata. (Expediter reefer cards have a red E)

Does not stop in Castlegar on southbound trip.

Blue Springs Hauler
Maximum length 18 cars
Originates in Vernon, terminates in Monashee Summit
Does no switching until Monashee Summit.

Put cars in track 3, take caboose to caboose track, take power to shops.

If time permits, switch cars into appropriate tracks upon arrival in Monashee Summit.


EMRA Operations
Author: Operations Department
Most recent update: 2004 October 11 by Mark.Johnson@InfoHarvest.ca
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