Chesapeake and Ohio - Hinton Subdivision A CTC-controlled O-scale layout

Jim Eudaly
Chesapeake and Ohio - Hinton Subdivison
O Scale
35 ft x 50 ft free-standing Butler building
Allegheny mountain
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About the Layout
The Hinton Division is located in a Butler building in our back yard. I’ve modeled several of my favorite locations in the New River Subdivision west of Hinton and the Alleghany Subdivision east of Hinton with the Hinton Yards as the centerpiece.

The scenery is 100 percent complete. All structures are scratch-built and are full scale models. All mainline curves have easements and super-elevation. The operating schedule is for 1949 when passenger trains were still in the WWII mode of second sections on the mainline trains. Passenger trains range from 2 to 16 cars and the longest freight trains are 40’ long hopper trains. Thirty steam engines and 22 diesel units handle the traffic.

The railroad is fully signaled and operates with a US&S CTC machine that was rebuilt from an SP machine used in Oregon. The dispatchers wear telephone headsets and crews use telephones to communicate with them.
Layout at a Glance 
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Layout at a glance
  • Size: 35 ft x 50 ft with add-on 9 ft x 12 ft Dispatcher’s Office
  • 3200 ft of track, 132 switches
  • Mainline run 775 ft (7 scale miles)
  • Minimum radius 60 inches
  • Turnouts #6
  • Maximum grade: eastbound 2 percent, westbound 3 percent
  • Three hour operating session
  • Fast clock ratio: 2:1
  • NCE DCC with sound in all engines
  • All wireless throttes
  • Crew size: 10 - 12 (two dispatchers, two hostlers, one yard switcher job, five to seven road crews)
  • Time frame: October 1949
Jobs on the Layout 
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Jobs on the Layout
2 dispatchers - because of the volume of trains we usually operate with our local dispatchers although we can use one visitor as a "cub" under supervision. The "cub" could dispatch half time and run trains half the session if he prefers.

2 hostlers - on the C&O road crews terminated at the station and hostlers moved the train to the yard and engines to the engine terminal. In addition they move engines to the ready tracks for outbound crews, and remove engines from arriving passenger trains. The action is non-stop!

1 switch crew - removes and adds cabooses, moves reefers to the ice house and switches local passenger trains and local freights.

5-7 road crews - dispatchers line routes and clear signals, and crews run on signal indication. A typical session will run about 30 trains.