N scale recreation of Fort Smith and Van Buren, Arkansas in 1980.

Map / Schematic

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Railroad Overview

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.

Layout Description:

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.

Operating Scheme

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.

Trains

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.

Photographs
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
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
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
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
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

Last Updated: 25 February, 2015
Author: Ward Hammond
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