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Dave Barraza's New York & Atlantic Ry

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Prototype: New York & Atlantic / Long Island Railroad

Layout: New York & Atlantic

Scale: HO

Era: 1997-2017

Layout Size: 30 x 50

Mainline run: 730' (12 scale miles of 1, 2 and 4 track mainline)

Control system: WiFi Phone throttles (some WiFi UWT-100 throttles on hand)

Dispatching method: 1/3 CTC, 1/3 Current of Traffic, 1/3 TT&TO

Communications: PBX Phone and FRS Radio. Radios with K-1 (Kenwood) plug available on site.

Crew size: 10 - 12

Operating positions:

  • Dispatcher (Room 204)
  • Jay Train Director
  • Divide Train Director
  • Divide Block Operator
  • Fresh Pond Yard: 2 people
  • Road Crews: 6 people, (2-man freight crews or 1-man passenger crews

The HO scale New York & Atlantic focuses on freight operations run by contractor New York & Atlantic Railway over the Long Island Rail Road. Given the LIRR setting, there are commuter passenger trains as well; This keeps the freight crews on their toes. The era modeled is 1997 to 2017, which is after the arrival of NYAR and ending before the addition of the second track to Ronkonkoma. With that said, there are a number of Alcos about because… “model railroading is fun.” The current passenger fleet might best be described as being in a time warp.

The railroad is under active construction with main line complete but not oodles of scenery. The verdant landscape so closely associated with Long Island has been represented at this stage mostly by a vibrant hue of dark grey paint. Monthly operating sessions have been hosted since 2019. Areas modeled include LI City to Fresh Pond, Jamaica to Floral Park, and Westbury to Greenport.

There are 34 freight customers in 16 locations. Freight Jobs run out of Fresh Pond Yard and Pine Aire. Diesel Passenger trains run to/from Long Island City and Electrics run to NY Penn, which is staging.

Train Directors at Jay (Jamaica) and Divide (Hicksville) control train movements under the direction of the Dispatcher. Primary communication is using a PBX telephone system supplemented by FRS radios.

At this time, parts of the multiple-track main line not yet signaled are run as Quasi-Rule-251 “Right hand running and lookout ahead”. CTC (Rule 261) signals are installed to protect the single main line track from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma. The signal installation is ongoing. East of Ronkonkoma, the line is operated “251-Manual Block” as on the prototype, which is operating using Timetable and Train Order rules (TT&TO) along with a Manual Block overlay.

Handicap Accessibility: Not Handicapped Accessible

This layout is located in Wading River, NY .

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