The Western Midland Railroad

   MMR Mike Chandler's Western Midland Railroad
At the time John Armstrong designed what became the Western Midland Railroad, the legendary track planner described it as being for the man who was a demon for dispatching and operation. After having operated the layout for several years now, I would agree with his statement.
The Western Midland is a single level, HO railroad and is controlled by Lenz DCC. The layout is 100 % operational with scenery covering approximately 85%. It is also a serious mountain railroad with a three scale mile mainline and a very diversified traffic base, most of which originates or terminates online. Not surprisingly, this results in plenty of way freight activity. Set in September, 1938, the Midland is an all steam road with no intention of dieselizing any time soon.
We have capacity for seven guests who will have the option of bidding on the following positions: agent/operator, yardmaster and the road pool which covers both way freights and through trains. We use T.T.&T.O for dispatching with car cards and way bills for freight car forewarding. Typically, the Midland is dispatched from Calgary, Alberta via long distance telephone by a former Canadian Pacific dispatcher now retired.
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Published in: RMC July 2012    LDJ 57

The Western Midland Railroad

Prototype Location Montana
InterchangeNP,GN,Milwaukee
Size20 feet x 24 feet
ScaleHO
Era1938
ControlDCC Lenz
Clock Speed 6:1
Session Length3 hours
Crew Size12
DispatchingTimetable and Train Order
Car ForwardingCC&WB
CommunicationTelephones
JobsDispatcher, Agent/Operators
AccessibilityBasement Down Stairs
Website none
Scenery Completed 70%

    Dispatching---Timetable and Train Order
  • Control---Lens DCC
  • Clock Speed---6:1