Each train will have an ID code with eight characters like this: XXXXX-OT
O = origination location
T = termination location
O and T will usually be:
A = Albany (staging)
M = Montclaire (green passenger tracks)
Y = Yard (red freight tracks)
U = Utica (staging)
XXXXX = short name of the train.
The nature of a train and its starting/ending points are easily determined by knowing the ID code.
For example, the railfan train from Albany to Utica would have an ID code of RRFAN-AU.
A complete listing of trains and ID codes are shown below.
|TRAIN ID||Train Name|
|20TH-AU||20TH Century Limited|
|NEST-UA||New England States|
|COM5W-MM||Commuter #5 (Westbound)|
|COM6E-MM||Commuter #6 (Eastbound)|
|MLKCE-MM||Milk (cans) (Eastbound)|
|WORK-UA||Work Train (track repairs)|
|WRECK-UA||Wreck Train (accidents)|
|CVRRF-UA||Catskill Valley RR (freight)|
|CVRRP-AU||Catskill Valley RR (passenger)|
|M&EX-AU||Mail & Express|
|ARMY1-AU||Army Train #1 (steam)|
|ARMY2-UA||Army Train #2 (diesel)|
|HIWID-UA||High Wide Train|
|MANFS-AU||Manifest Train #1|
|MANFS-UA||Manifest Train #2|
|LOC1W-YY||Local Train #1 (Westbound)|
|LOC2E-YY||Local Train #2|
|LOC3W-YY||Local Train #3|
|LOC4E-YY||Local Train #4|
Note: Even numbered commuter and local trains are always Eastbound.
Lifespan of a Train (birth to death)
- Train is added to the schedule for a specific op session by the Session Architect.
- Train is assembled by the pre-op session set-up team or by yard switchers during op session.
- Yardmaster or Stagemaster informs Trainmaster when train is ready to depart.
- Trainmaster assigns road crew to train. Provides paperwork, throttle and briefing.
- Road crew reports to Yardmaster or Stagemaster and is directed to train.
- Conductor contacts Dispatcher for permission to depart yard.
- Dispatcher grants permission and changes departure signal from red to yellow.
- Yardmaster or Stagemaster aligns departure route turnouts.
- Road crew departs yard and begins trip adhering to Crew Order and signal indications.
- Road crew completes trip per the Crew Order.
- Road crew retires to the crew lounge. Awaits next assignment.
- Post op-session tear-down team disassembles train as verbally instructed (after op session concludes).
Note: Green & red indicates activity before and after the formal op session itself.
- Not all trains in the above listing will be operated during any one op session.
- The Session Architect decides which trains will be operated in “his” op session.
- Passenger engine movements (fueling, turning, to/from roundhouse, etc.) in a yard area will be done by the road engineer (not the hostler).
- All engine movements in a yard area are under the supervision of the Yardmaster or Stagemaster.