In anticipation of the pending beta 4 release of the COA, I want to share some prototypical information about the route to spark the imagination of scenario writers. I will start with the COA Operations Manual which comes with the route:
Traffic control on the Alleghany Division is maintained with an Orders system and ABS. In all cases, a stop signal overides Orders. Dispatch phones are located at each signaling block to obtain further Orders.
All freight traffic is limited to 40 mph on the Alleghany [sub]Division. Freight trains descending the eastern grade are limited to a maximum of 35 mph. Loaded trains over 100 cars must stop at Alleghany and set 6 lbs of brake pressure before descending the eastern grade. This brake pressure must be retained until consist is yarded at Clifton Forge. Dynamic braking should be used to further control the train speed. Under these conditions the train must be headed by at least 3 diesel units or 2 units with 1 unit trailing.
Passenger traffic is limited to 50 mph throughout the Alleghany division, however for passenger comfort there are several curves that advise slower speeds down to 25 mph.
6-axle locomotives are PROHIBITED on the following tracks:
-White Sulphur Springs (WSS) Industrial Spur, yard, and coal trestle
-Martin & Jones Hardware spur in Ronceverte
-Ronceverte Ice & Produce (RIPCO)/Coca-Cola bottling plant spur in Ronceverte
-Mullican Lumber leads and sidings in Ronceverte
-Bendix stub in Ronceverte
-Fullen Fertilizer stub in Fort Spring
-Alderson Farm Supply stubs in Alderson
-ALSO NOTE: ALL locomotives are PROHIBITED on the coal trestle at WSS. Deliveries and pickups to the trestle track should be made with an empty car between the engine and the car to be dropped/picked up. Ordinarily, these switching duties fall to the local yard crew in Ronceverte that is familiar with the procedure.
Mainline locomotives with deliveries for those tracks will drop the cars on a nearby team siding for the local switching units to deliver to their final destination.
Under normal conditions, westbound traffic will operate on the #1 (northside) track and eastbound traffic will use the #2 (southside) track. Manifests and other thru trains should NOT cross to the opposite side to perform switching work (excepting Snowflake/Frazier quarries). Each town has sidings where any cars can be dropped off for the Local to deliver. Local delivery trains run WB on Monday and Thursday and run EB on Friday. A Local pickup runs WB on Wednesday and Friday and EB on Thursday.
Ronceverte yard switchers are responsible for movements within Ronceverte, Snowflake/Frazier, Caldwell and WSS yard tracks as well as move cars to/from those yards to/from sidings that are accessible by larger thru trains. However, larger road engines are permitted to do their own switching in the Ronceverte WB yard, Snowflake yard, Frazier yard, and the sidings around Caldwell.
Eastbound traffic will usually take precedence over westbounds at the Ronceverte-Rockland single-track.
Eastbound coal drags of 100 cars or more will stop at Ronceverte for pusher assistance to help prevent breaking and breakdown of trains on the mountain grade.
Do not use the Snowflake sidings as a thoroughfare for access to Frazier freight.
***** These rules were taken (loosely) from the Rules and Regs manuals of the C&O and Chessie System of the 1970's and 80's. Due to the grades and short lengths of some sidings (which are prototypical), 4-axle locomotives are required for switching and local delivery even in Railworks. If you don't own any 4-axle engines, obviously the 6-axle units that came with Railworks will do but will be a bit cumbersome to maneuver in the limited space of some sidings on the C&O Alleghany. They could also derail easier.
Last edited by Toripony
on Fri May 13, 2011 12:19 pm, edited 1 time in total.