|Sierra, El Paso & Northeastern Railroad|
The Sierra, El Paso & Northeastern Railroad represents the Southern Pacific mainline between Vaughn, NM and El Paso, TX and the Santa Fe mainline between Willard, NM and Vaughn, NM in 1955, as shown below.
Route Map of the Sierra Central
|Dispatching:||Time Table & Train Order|
|Control System:||Digitrax with tethered throttles|
|Car Forwarding:||Excel generated Station Agent Pick-up Lists and Consist Lists|
|Mainline:||SP - 150 ft.; ATSF - 50 ft.|
|Road Crews:||4 people|
The Sierra, El Paso & Northeastern Railroad, which is often referred to as the Sierra Central, links El Paso, TX with Vaughn, NM to provide interchange service with the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads. The time period is 1955 when some steam still existed on the SP. The layout represents the actual portion of the Southern Pacific, i.e. the old EP&NE Railroad. The towns and industries are prototypical and modeled with reasonable accuracy.
The appearance of Sierra Central equipment coming from Cloudcroft to Alamogordo is a fictitious portion of the layout. Historically, the operation of the Alamogordo & Sacramento Mountain railroad bringing logs to the lumber and saw mill at Alamogordo ceased in 1947.
Likewise, Seminole (aka Orogrande) had a branch line that extended to Jarilla where CF&I produced iron ore. Several cars are delivered daily to/from Seminole.
The following is a list of towns and their industries.
Train movement is controlled by Time Table and Train Order (TT&TO). Car movement on the Sierra Central is based
on the car cycle concept using computer-based technology. An Excel spreadsheet is used to generate the following paperwork:
The following trains typically run during the operating session:
Typical train lengths are seven to nine cars, with the exception of the A&SM local and ATSF Transfer. However, during the course of their run, extras will have a car count that can increase and decrease between towns.
Map of the Sierra Central
|Capitan Mining Company||Alamogordo|
|SP Dallas Street Yard in El Paso||Seminole Station|