The Western Midland Railroad

   MMR Mike Chandler's Western Midland Railroad
The freelanced Western Midland may best be described as a short line built to class one standards. Trains operate point-to-point between two terminal yards over a 170 foot mainline. Although the layout is only about 55 percent sceniced it is fully operational and usually accommodates a crew of 12. In addition to a dispatcher, crew positions include: yardmasters (two), agent/operators (four), as well as several train crews. Train movements during a typical operating session will usually comprise two passenger trains, two through freights and six way freights which are run as extras. While the Western Midland has a dispatcher's office in a room adjacent to the layout, we usually dispatch over the phone from Calgary, Alberta using a former professional dispatcher from the T.T.&T.O. era on Canadian Pacific.
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