Operating The Tiadaghton Valley Railroad
I may not have a design for, or even a layout for that matter, but I have an idea of how I would like my railroad to operate and I will discuss the daily operations and related items here along with links to various operational forms and paperwork.
Timetable & Train Order Operation
With the Tiadaghton Valley Railroad being a steam powered railroad set in the 1930's, and being a short line railroad, I chose to use the method of Timetable and Train order operation. What does this mean? Basically there was a schedule, or Timetable, that listed all regularly scheduled train with station stops and arrival and departure times and any train not on the timetable would need to be given authority, by a Dispatcher or Trainmaster, to operate over the railroad. This was accomplished with the use of a train order.
Here you will find links to various forms and paperwork related to the railroad's operation. These include railroad/train rules, definitions, job descriptions, and special instructions/rules that pertain to the operation and handling of the models.
- Operations and Operating Crew - Style of Operations and Personnel Required
- Employee Rule Book - Items #2 through #7 were taken directly from "The Standard Code of the American Railway Association Train Rules for Single Track." Adopted November 17th 1915.
- TVRR Rules - Cover page, In Case of Emergency Form, Employee Certifications, Contents
- General Rules
- Train Rules
- Rules for Movement By Train Orders
- Diagrams of Hand, Flag and Lamp Signals
- Diagrams of Train Signals
- Special Instruction - Special instructions related to the model railroad operation. To be finalized when layout is operational.
- Job Descriptions
- Employee Timetable - To be finalized when layout is operational.
- Towns & Industries - A list of towns with their industries & facilities. Names of some towns and industries are derived from family members. To be finalized when layout is operational.
- Public Timetable - The Timetable posted at stations for the public. To be finalized when layout is operational.
- Daily Trains and Locomotive Assignments - List of daily trains and the locomotive assigned to them. To be finalized when layout is operational.
- Daily Trains - Jobs - Information From Job Cards. To be finalized when layout is operational.
These are pictures of the the generic forms from Micro-Mark with the railroad name "photo shopped" in. I plan on using these forms as well as the car routing system.
- Train Orders - These are instructions from the dispatcher, delivered through the operator, to the engineer and conductor of a train which either gives them the authority to operate, as in the case of an extra, or modifies the schedule which exists in the timetable. There are two different kinds of orders...
Form 19 - Form 19 orders are hooped up to the engineer and conductor by the operator once the train is underway.
Form 31 - Form 31 orders require the train to stop and the engineer and conductor must each sign for the order. Either set can be delivered at the start of the run but the engineer and conductor must still sign for the Form 31s. These orders can be picked up at any station where a train stops or passes so long as an operator is present.
Form A (Clearance Card) - This is a document that indicated that the train crew had authority to operate. Every train had to have this to operate. The initial form would be authorized by the dispatcher, bear his initials, and be countersigned by the operator. Train orders usually accompany this form.