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Prototype: New York & Atlantic
Layout: New York & Atlantic
Scale: HO
Era: 1997
Layout Size:
Mainline run:
Control system: Digitrak DCC, JRMI WiFi throttles
Dispatching method:
Communications:
Crew size: 10 - 12
Operating positions:

  • Dispatcher
  • Jay Tower Director
  • Divide Tower Director
  • 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. The era modeled is 1997 to 2017; after the arrival of NYAR and ending before the addition of the second track to Ronkonkoma. With that said, there are a number of Alco’s 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 0.9% scenery complete. The verdant landscape so closely associated with Long Island has been represented at this stage by a vibrant hue of dark grey paint. Monthly operating sessions have been hosted since 2019 using the current run of 500 feet of 1, 2 and 4 track main line which includes LI City to Fresh Pond, Jamaica to Floral Park, and Westbury to Brentwood.

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.

Tower 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, multiple-track main line is 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 Deer Park.

Handicap Accessibility: Not Handicapped Accessible

This layout is located in Wading River, NY .

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