Power, control and railroad info
We are using MRC's Prodigy Advance 2 (marketed by Gaugemaster in the UK) as this is the most fully featured system for the money and is the most intuitive to use. All points are motorised with Tortoise switch motors, they are near bullet-proof in reliability and have useful built in switches for panel repeater lights etc.
The second largest railroad system after the Pennsy. Had some of the largest passenger steam engines and was also famous for it's streamlined locos and matching Budd stainless steel coaches used on trains such as the '20th Century Limited. The NYC also bought in diesels of untested types to replace relatively young steam locos.
Baltimore & Ohio
The B&O built itself up to a considerable size by swallowing up many other roads, but kept many of the odd locos going as well as building and rebuilding their own types. They also were one of the first big railroads to start using diesels for main line trains from the mid 30's onwards, but still had steam as late as 1957.
The rolling stock is the usual mix of kit built and proprietary models, ranging from WW1 era vehicles up to he 1960's. The locomotives are mainly proprietary models, there are some brass locomotives too. The steam locos range from 1900's to late '40's 'super power' with almost every conceivable wheel arrangement covered. Diesels are represented from all the main manufacturers, showcasing the wide variety of models available at the time, many less than reliable...
Our layout is set in the late '40's to late 50's era to take advantage of the massive variety of stock available, and makes for an interesting and colourful experience.
New York, Chicago &
St. Louis RR
The smallest of the four roads modelled, but still interesting in it's own way with it's fast freight services and unusual small Hudson locos with 'elephant ears' smoke deflectors. Like the B&O it's change to diesel was more gradual and favoured EMD and Alco products in the main.
The largest railroad in the US during the first half of the 20th century in terms of traffic flow, also the largest company in the world at that time. Had a mainly home built fleet of steam locos featuring belpaire type boilers where most other companies had radial stay boilers. Bought in diesels from every manufacturer in the rush to dieselise....