|The Central Divisions|
N scale recreation of Fort Smith and Van Buren, Arkansas in 1980.
Map / Schematic
The Missouri Pacific's Van Buren yard and Frisco's Fort Smith yard receive traffic for these busy manufacturing communities. Each railroad operates several switch jobs. The Kansas City Southern Dodger works industries and interchanges with the other two railroads.
EasyDCC tethered and radio throttles for train control. Traffic routing by car cards and waybills. Future telephone system for communication. Scenery is in progress; structures are primarily mock-ups at this time. Located upstairs in central Bentonville.
Teams are assigned to the Frisco and MP and then divide up the assignments to accomplish the day's work of through trains, yard work and locals. The KCS is a one crew operation. Car movements are controlled by car cards. Hand-written switch lists are recommended for the local freights , which run with 2-man crews. The locals are 12-14 cars long, while manifest freights and extras are 16-20 care long.
The MP has two "redball" freights eastbound and two westbound. There are five switch jobs operating out of the Van Buren yard. The Frisco has one each northbound and southbound through freight plus a pair that originate/terminate for additional traffic to and from the north. There will be five switch jobs operating out of the Fort Smith yard when the Mansfield branch becomes active. Eight or none operators are needed to fill out the crews.
|Frisco’s Zone 5 includes the large Whirlpool appliance plant||An MP freight heads west across the diamond on the north bank of the Arkansas River|
|MP's Van Buren Yard serves four Red Ball freights per day||The area south of downtown Fort Smith has switching by the MP, SLSF and KCS|
|Frisco’s yard in Fort Smith sends switch jobs out to several zones||Under construction Frisco's coal mining branch south of Fort Smith|
|The MP and SLSF both serve industries in the area between the Fort Smith yard and the Arkansas River||MP's Arkansas Central job serves several large industries plus the communities of Barling and Paris-AR|