Santa Fe Emporia Subdivision Red and Silver Superfleet Action!

Eric Goodman
Santa Fe Emporia Subdivision
HO Scale
40 ft x 60 ft
Midwestern freight hauler
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About the Layout
The Santa Fe Emporia Subdivision is an HO railroad representing the line from Argentine Yard to Augusta set in 1995 (just prior to the invasion of the green invaders from the land of the frozen tundra) and occupies most of a 1700 sq. ft. basement. This railroad features long ATSF manifest trains, lots of hot intermodal trains and plenty of red and silver ‘Super Fleet’ power for Super Service. If you like high speed intermodal trains running at breakneck speeds across the fruited plain, this is your layout.

Argentine Yard stays busy classifying the manifest trains and working the intermodal and automotive trains that have setouts and pickups at Sunflower Lift. It takes 3 crews working virtually non-stop to keep up with the steady diet of trains arriving and departing. If the yard falls behind, trains start stacking up coming into the yard, which is pretty much 100% prototypical. For the local crew operators, the large refinery complex at El Dorado will keep a local operator busy spotting and pulling cars and getting them to the right spot in the refinery. Surrounding the bottom level of the 42’ radius helix is a unit train capable grain elevator complex and flour mill that has recently had a few structures added to the scene.

About half of the locomotive consists have one or more contest winning models that are detailed to ATSF specifications. Mainline operations are controlled by a Dispatcher recording train locations on a Dispatcher’s Sheet and verbal track warrants over a family radio service radios. Future plans include complete CTC signaling on the mainline and this is expected to begin in earnest in 2016. Scenery is in the beginning stages of work and the owner hopes of have some basic landforms in before everyone arrives in February.
Layout at a Glance 
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Layout at a glance
  • Layout Access: Basement access is thru the front door of the house and down the staircase.
  • Size: 1600 Square feet
  • Design: Double deck, linear, walk around
  • Layout Height: Varying heights
  • Scale: HO
  • Era and Locale: 1995 ATSF Main from Argentine to Augusta, KS
  • Mainline: 360 feet
  • Command Control: Digitrax duplex wireless (100%)
  • Sound: About 75 percent of the fleet is equipped
  • Staging: 17 track power-routing semi-hidden staging yard
  • Dispatching: Verbal Track Warrants (CTC coming soon)
  • Communications: FRS radios
  • Car Forwarding: 4-way Car Cards
  • Work Shift: 8-12 hr. shifts compressed for a 3 hour operating session
  • Scenery: 10% complete
  • Crew Size: 10 operators (typical)
Jobs on the Layout 
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Jobs on the Layout
East Bowl– ATSF Manifest classification yard. Breaks down and builds the manifest trains and prepares cars to be spotted in local industries.

West Bowl – ATSF Manifest/Automotive classification yard. Crew is responsible for getting the automotive trains reduced and filled as well as spotting the manifest industries at Argentine/Turner and assists Turner with spotting the automotive facility.

Turner - Jobs primary function is the service Sunflower lift. Handle all setouts, pickups and originating and terminating intermodal trains. Works with the west bowl job to get auto racks spotted at the auto facility. Job is not for the faint of heart (just like the real job).

Trainmaster- Oversees and controls mainline traffic within Yard Limits of Argentine yard. Works with the dispatcher to ensure that trains are brought in to the yard on the right track to reach the right yard job.

Local Crew – Works local industries between Augusta and El Dorado and Argentine and Olathe.

Road Crew – Runs mainline trains over the road. Usually takes 4-5 road crews to keep the Dispatcher and yard guys busy.

Dispatcher
- Gets the trains over the road. Keeps the intermodal trains running on time. Keeps a log of the status of the 17 track staging yard.