Chicago, South Shore,
and South Bend
Modeling the South Shore passenger and freight services in the
Appalachian Mountains in O Scale in Berkeley Springs, WV.
The layout will be controlled by a dispatcher using a CTC machine. The
CTC will be interfaced with a PC using DCC by NCE and Bruce Chubb's C/MRI.
All benchwork is completed and 95% of the track has been laid. We have
completed wiring all 98 blocks and have wired and tested the occupancy
detectors. The PC running C/MRI detects all blocks on the railroad now. All
switch machines have been installed and tested. The local panels
have been wired and installed. Construction has been started on the CTC board
and soon will control all signals via a Dispatcher. The design and construction of the CTC is the result of many hours of work by the following: Bill Carr, Joe Donnelly, Jim Withrow, and Jay Beckham. Of course there is 40 or 50 feet of building representing downtown
to build, 100s of
feet of overhead towers and wire to hang, station platforms to build, trees,
people, and wiring for all this. Today 4,000 feet of #12 wire for track
power has been installed. Several years ago we removed the uppedeck
and the wall that stood between the two rooms to open up the
railroad to the entire basement area. Web site updated 11/27/11.
A Revised Drawing(pdf) Of The Layout Can
Be Downloaded Here
More Photos Coming Soon!
Left Side of CTC Board Under Construction
Warren's Gap East of Gary - before Overhead Installation
Bridge over Calumet River
Theater in South Bend
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