The Westfield Railway
Indiana Large Scale Railroaders
Jeff's open house had a Hobo Daze theme, which included running trains, of course, and a great Hobo Stew dinner with a short discussion about hobos after dinner. Two of Jeff's daughters and their families helped with the cooking and party setup.
The railway has two main loops. The upper loop is a narrow gauge mountain system, 120 feet long, with a small engine yard and two sidings. The other is the main or Class 1 line, 122 feet long. It has a 40 foot siding and a 6 track yard. The main line also serves 5 small industries, one of which is the oil refinery that is also used on Jeff's module system.
The railway has been designed to be run as a working railroad. A switch list, used to work the yard and industries, is printed from a computer. Three to five people work as engineers, switchman and tower operator. Each person works his position to assemble and deliver freight cars from the yard to the industries and back again. This normally requires a yard engine and crew along with a local freight engine and crew. The switches along the main line and yard are all controlled remotely from the tower. The switches in the industrial area are all controlled by the local switching crew.