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Pottstown Yard - East End

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Module Owner:

Charles Brinker
Primary Modeler:

Charles Brinker
Other Modelers:

Jim Wilkinson, Stan McClennen, Fred Monsimer
Construction Date:

July, 2004
First Show:

November, 2004
Open Door
Royersford, PA
Module Dimensions:

24 inches X 60 inches
Module Description:

Switches allow train cars to move from one track to another.
But, if you like switches, you will love the freight yard.

Multiple tracks require multiple switches to be accessible. While a yard can be "single-ended," having switches at both ends of the tracks allows additional flexibility in operations.

The diagonal track running from the front to the back of this module is called "the ladder." From this track, train crews can get to all the other tracks in the yard, using the track switches. There is another ladder at the other end of the yard, near the engine house.

Near the front of this module, there are a couple of "slip switches," which allow cars to roll straight through (left-right) or straight through (diagonally) or to be diverted from either direction onto the ladder track. Slip switches are special switches used where space is tight. Although this describes most model railroads, they also exist in the real world. On real railroads, they are not common, because there is usually adequate space to spread out the track work, and the slip switch is more complicated to operate and maintain.
Diagram showing the general arrangement of this module.
Diagram showing the general arrangement of this module.

The east end of Pottstown Yard, showing the ladder track.  The tracks at the front with the lighter-colored ballast are the main line tracks.
The east end of Pottstown Yard, showing the ladder track. The tracks at the front with the lighter-colored ballast are the main line tracks.





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