Reading & Chesapeake Railroad Keystone Division - My 2nd Layout - Kissimmee, FL
End-Point to End-Point running requires three passes around the walls - highly compressing Height as well as Length and Width.
Roundhouse foreman tuned road, yard and stub locomotives for Track Class 1 Operations speed ranges. We also upgraded locomotives to Microtrain magna-matic couplers for improved switching Operations.
For better electrical continuity during operations, we upgraded all Peco Mainline and Philadelphia Yard turnouts with frog juice. We replaced turnouts as needed.
About 250 cars are needed to support OPS at this time. All 200 plus cars used in switching activities have Micro Train couplers, Fox Valley 33" wide 0.540 metal wheels, and weights to bring into NMRA requirements. In the future we plan to add 1 resistor axle to each freight car used in operations. We currently have added one resistor axle to each caboose and it is insufficient to trigger some of our blocks so we may double resistor axles on Cabeese.
Our communications system is a Wireline Telephone PBX connecting our Dispatchers, Yardmasters and Conductors.
OPS work approach on the R&C Keystone Division Railroad
We really enjoyed particpating in the 2017 NMRA Convention Self-Directed Tour! A steady stream of over 30 Model Railroad Enthusiasts from all over the Northern Hemisphere visited the Reading & Chesapeake Keystone Division on August 5, 2017 from 9 AM to 8 PM. Click here for a slide briefing used to introduce the railroad to our guests.
Superintendent's first OPS Session Documents
Reading & Chesapeake Operations 'Paperwork' creation tools
Robot Train Specification and Implementations (2017); Avoiding a Cornfield Meet; Some Complex Robot Train Runs. To learn more about how this Collision Avoidance works, take this link!
Videos of my Layout (various from 2010 to 2015)
A November 2011 R&C Keystone Division video by Jared Davis of Whistlestop Productions
Photo 2011. 2017 Center, Side
In 2009 we began to build advanced features into our 2nd layout, the Keystone Division of the Reading & Chesapeake Railroad. We expect to surpass our earlier Gettysburg Blue and Gray Divisions effort in storyline, automation and scenicing.
Railroad Work Halted 2012 to June 2014!
Since July 2014 we used 3D Printing to create Signal dress-up shrouds for our many Digitrax Signals. Some Model Railroaders asked about acquiring these signal shrouds so we added a store on Shapeways.com. If you are interested., go to the store called 'ModelRailroader1' to order shrouds.
We also refined lots of trackwork, restored some models and landscaping, debugged some hardware, and began video creation projects. By April 2015 we developed a robot loco script generator in MRRM that will run under JMRI control.
Read the Keystone Division Description to learn about this railroad
Some History behind the Industries modeled
Learn about the layout's Trackwork Features
What kinds of Trains are run?
Review the Technology used to build the Keystone Division
Here is an up close view of Model Railroad Manager (MRRM). MRRM and JMRI software dominate my Layout operation.
Other Construction information
We began to use JMRI in 2002 in conjunction with initial MRRM software development. Thank you, Bob!
Tom Stack, NMRA Sunshine Region, Eastern Division
- Gettysburg, PA (2002 to 2004)
Blue and Gray Divisions
Gettysburg Construction Tips
Products and Services Offered