San Pedro’s Operations

One of the things I read about frequently in model railroading is that the project was too big or that the perceived operations were not desirable due to various issues. I will be the first to admit this has happened to me. As an operational model, San Pedro is rather simple in design, no complex time table operational or opposing train meets to worry over with this layout . The DRG&W ran a mixed train, 425 south, 426 north in my selected time period of late 1930s-1941. The motive power during this time period was always one of the K-28’s. Some days, the mixed was the RPO and Chili Line coach. Other days there were various types and numbers of freight cars along with the RPO and coach. Switching at San Pedro is limited to dropping off a car for the freight house/ team track or loading a stock car at the stockpen chute. Taking on water at the water tank and departing are the other activities. The recent change to the water tank end of the layout provides another siding (track #9-244′ on the photo below) for MOW set outs or water cars to be filled from the reservoir. Unique operations for that small siding and extra maneuvers as it will be a facing siding for Santa Fe bound 425.

Not much operation there you say. That may be true if your only interested in running trains. However, it gives me time to put into the other parts of the hobby I enjoy or want to try. I have several older PBL stock car kits I would like to build as double deck cars for sheep, the primary livestock shipped out of San Pedro. I would like to model the DRG&W’s automobile flats, both the loaded and tarped southbound flats as well as the northbound empties with just their hoop frames. The DRGW tank cars used for water transportation will also be something to learn more about with the recent design change. Another area of the hobby to learn more about is battery operation and San Pedro offers the perfect layout to learn this aspect of the hobby.

San Pedro’s Operation@Oct 2018

By: H. Mathews

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