The Shamokin Branch Layout was designed to be an operating layout. There are a group of 15 operators, who run trains in a prototypical manner. We meet about every 4 weeks and the operating sessions run for about 3 hours. Trains are dispatched from staging yards and on-line yards and assigned by the dispatcher to perform work similar to what actual trains on the Shamokin Branch and Northern Central Main Line during 1957 would have performed. The types of trains that run are passenger trains, merchandise (freight) trains, local trains that run to a town and switch the industries, ore trains, and coal trains.

Here is information on the car routing system that I use on my PRR Shamokin Branch layout for my operations.

Shamokin Branch Line Schematic

John at the dispatcher's board. The dispatcher assigns operators to trains and via telephone communications controls the movement of trains over the layout. Telephones are located at each town on the layout and engineers are required to contact (OS) the dispatcher when they reach a town to acquire permission to proceed.

Jeff working Northumberland Yard.

Control panel in Northumberland Yard.

Car Card which lists routing information for freight cars.

Dick departing Northumberland Yard with an ore train.

Gary with Coal Drag leaving Weigh Scales eastbound toward Shamokin.

Dick working Northumberland Yard.

(L to R) Bob, Bob and Bill having fun.

Radio Cab Throttle and Car Card.

John working the Shamokin Shifter.

Bernie putting his locomotives away in Mt. Carmel.