The Cumberland Southern Railway's operating sessions are conducted using the "Conductor's Wheel Report" method. This method is described in detail in an article by Jim Hediger published in the May 1984 Model Railroader.
There are no waybills, car cards, or computer generated switch lists. The only form used to govern car and train movement during the operating session is the "Conductors Wheel Report". On a prototype railroad, the wheel report tells what's in the whole train, while waybills cover the handling of each car. Our wheel reports list car types across the top and the stations down the side. The value at the intersection of each row and column specifies what type and how many of each type of car is to be in the train for handling at each station. There are two variants of the form, for eastbound and westbound movements, identical except that the stations are in reverse sequence.
Each train's wheel report specifies the routing of the train from station to station and the total number of each type of car to be included in each train. When the train is assembled, it should be blocked in order of station sequence. That is, cars for the first station directly behind the engine, cars for the second station behind these, and so forth.
The wheel report does not specify which individual car gets set out or picked up at a particular industry, only which cars go to each station. Individual switching decisions are left up to the discretion of each individual operator. When the train arrives at a station, the operator assumes the duty of local agent and determines what switching will actually take place in each town.
The operator may switch as many or as few cars at each station as he wishes, the only constraint is that the train leaves each town with the same number of cars as it had when it arrived. More experienced operators may go after more complicated moves, newer crews can make those moves that they feel comfortable with to avoid getting frustrated. Cars do not have to be swapped for cars of like type, but the operator must rely on common sense to avoid unrealistic moves. For example, while a coal mine would predominantly see open hoppers, an occasional boxcar of machinery or flat car load would not be unreasonable, but a reefer of produce would be.
The rest of the manual describes the characteristics of individual trains and stations. Scheduled CSRY trains are described as are trackage rights of foreign roads. Also included are the type and number of cars normally handled at each station. Tonnage ratings to assist in assignment of motive power to each train are also included. Operations of The New River Electric Railroad and Lighting Company are also described.
| || || ||CS||101||T||FRANKLIN LOCAL||CY, FR, CY|
| || || ||CS||102||T||CLARKSVILLE LOCAL||CY, CV, CY|
| || || ||CS||103||T||WHEATSTONE JUNCTION LOCAL||CY, WJ, SR, CY|
| || || ||CS||104||T||MIDDLETOWN LOCAL||CY, MT, CY|
| || || ||CS||105||T||TNRER&L TRANSFER||CY, NR, CY|
| || || ||CS||106||T||ALEXANDERS- VILLE LOCAL||CY, AV, PL, CY|
| || || ||CS||202||E||FREIGHT TRANSFER||PW, CY|
| || || ||CS||203||W||FREIGHT TRANSFER||PE, CY, PW|
| || || ||CS||204||E||FREIGHT TRANSFER||PW, CY, PE|
| || || ||CS||401||W||THRU FREIGHT||PE, PW|
| || || ||CS||402||E||THRU FREIGHT||PW, PE|
| || || ||CS||501||W||WAY FREIGHT||PE, CY, PW|
| || || ||CS||502||E||WAY FREIGHT||PW, CY, PE|
| || || ||CS||503||W||WAY FREIGHT||PE, CY, PW|
| || || ||CS||504||E||WAY FREIGHT||PW, CY, PE|
| || || ||CS||601||W||UNIT TRAIN||PE, PW|
| || || ||CS||602||E||UNIT TRAIN||PW, PE|
| || || ||CS||801||T||PASSENGER LOCAL||CY, WJ, FR, WJ, CV, CY|
| || || ||CS||802||T||PASSENGER LOCAL||CY, CV, AV, MT, AV, CV, CY|
| || || ||CS||803||W||PASSENGER LOCAL||PE, MT, AV, CV, CY|
| || || ||CS||804||E||PASSENGER LOCAL||CY, CV, AV, MT, PE|
| || || ||CS||805||W||PASSENGER LOCAL||CY, WJ, FR, PW|
| || || ||CS||806||E||PASSENGER LOCAL||PW, FR, WJ, CY|
| || || ||CS||902||E||PASSENGER LIMITED||PW, FR, MT, PE|
| || || ||NRE||10||T||TNRER&L TRANSFER||HY, CS, HY|
| || || ||NRE||20||T||TNRER&L LOCAL||HY, HV, HS, HY|
| || || ||NRE||30||T||NYC RR RUN THRU||PE, PW|
| || || ||NYC||NYC2||E||NYC RR RUN THRU||PW, PE|
| || || ||SOU||SOU2||E||SOU RY RN THRU||PW, PE|
| || || ||C&T||C&T1||E||C&T RR RUN THRU||PE, PW|
| || || ||C&T||C&T2||W||C&T RR RUN THRU||PW, PE|
| || || ||CCC||CCC1||W||CALVIN COAL CO||CY, WJ|
| || || ||CCC||CCC2||E||CALVIN COAL CO||WJ, CY|
| || || ||CL||CL1||W||CLINCH LUMBER CO. LOCAL||HV, FR|
| || || ||CL||CL2||E||CLINCH LUMBER CO. LOCAL||FR, HV|
| || || ||AOM||AOM1||W||APPALACHIAN & OHIO MIDLAND RUN THRU||PE, PW|
| || || ||AOM||AOM2||E||APPALACHIAN & OHIO MIDLAND RUN THRU||PW, PE|
|CS||CUMBERLAND SOUTHERN RY|
|C&T||CINCINNATI & TOLEDO RAILROAD|
|AOM||APPALACHIAN & OHIO MIDLAND RR|
|NRE||THE NEW RIVER ELECTRIC RAILROAD & LIGHTING CO|
|CCC||CALVIN COAL CO|
|NYC||NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD|
|CL||CLINCH LUMBER CO|
|PL||PITTSBURGH & LAKE ERIE INTERCHANGE|
|SR||SOUTHERN RAILWAY INTERCHANGE|
|HY||HILL VALLEY YARD|
The following operating companies have trackage rights over Cumberland Southern Railway, as noted.
|EAST||XXX2||TBD||ALL POINTS WEST, ALL POINTS EAST|
|WEST||XXX1||TBD||ALL POINTS EAST, ALL POINTS WEST|
Note 4. Operation of scheduled and / or extra thru freight trains over all CSRY Clarksville Subdivision mainline trackage.
Note 5. Operation of scheduled and / or extra thru passenger trains over all CSRY Clarksville Subdivision mainline trackage.
Note 6. Operation over CSRY mainline and auxiliary trackage located in Franklin and Wheatstone Junction for switching purposes.
Note 7. Operation over CSRY mainline and auxiliary trackage only between Wheatstone Junction and Clarksville Yard.
Note 8. All foreign road run thru trains are run straight thru without station stops or switching on CSRY.
Note 9. Foreign road train numbers consist of the reporting marks of the foreign road and a sequential number. Even numbers indicate eastbound trains and odd numbers indicate westbound trains.
|ALL POINTS WEST||70|
|SOUTHERN RY INTERCHANGE||3|
|T N R E R & L INTERCHANGE||8|
|P & L E INTERCHANGE||4|
|ALL POINTS EAST||70|
|HILL VALLEY YARD||8|
|100 - 129||EMD||SD9||450 T|
|150 - 169||ALCO||RS11||400 T|
|170 - 189||EMD||F3||550 T|
|190 - 199||ALCO||PA||500 T|
|220 - 229||ALCO||FA||500 T|
|230 - 249||EMD||GP30||400 T|
|270 - 279||ALCO||RS3||500 T|
|280 - 299||EMD||SD9||450 T|
|300 - 319||ALCO||RSD4||450 T|
|330 - 339||EMD||FT||400 T|
|400 - 429||ALCO||RS1||400 T|
|560 - 569||EMD||BL2||400 T|
|570 - 589||EMD||GP7||350 T|
|600 - 619||EMD||E4, E8||600 T|
|620 - 679||EMD||F7||400 T|
|680 - 689||EMD||FP7||500 T|
|250 - 269||EMD||SW1||200 T|
|750 - 759||BALDWIN||S12||250 T|
|820 - 839||EMD||SW7||200 T|
|840 - 849||GE||44T||100 T|
|880 - 889||ALCO||S2||450 T|
|890 - 899||GE||70T||100 T|
|520 529||2-8-2||300 T|
|710-729||2-8-0 (LT)||250 T|
|900-919||2-8-0 (MED)||500 T|
Note 10. All EMD SD9's, GP7's, BL2's, and all ALCO road switchers have dual cab controls and should be operated long hood forward.
Note 11. All ALCO and EMD road units have compatible multiple unit controls and may operate together. Baldwin units have electro-pneumatic multiple unit controls and are incompatible with ALCO and EMD MU controls.
Note 12. Operation of any diesel electric unit directly behind a steam engine is strictly prohibited, except for class 560 EMD BL2's which are equipped with Griffenfield Centrifugal Cinder Traps in the high short hood.
Note 13. Class 840 and 890 General Electric units lack multiple unit controls.
Note 14. Remaining units of class 320, 340, 350, 500, and 900 steam locomotives are available as protection power only, pending completion of the scrapping program. There should be no routine assignment of these units.
TNRER & L operates over its own trackage to serve Wheatstone Junction, Hole's Station, Hill Valley, and Middletown. These operations are included here for reference but they don't entail any operation over CSRY except for trackage rights in Wheatstone Junction and Franklin which are needed for a run-around move to facilitate switching in Middletown. Note that the Clinch Lumber Co. has trackage rights over the entire TNRER & L mainline from Wheatstone Junction to Hill Valley.
|WEST||10||6||HILL VALLEY YARD, CS INTERCHANGE, HILL VALLEY YARD|
|WEST||20||6||HILL VALLEY YARD, HILL VALLEY, HOLE'S STATION, HILL VALLEY YARD|
|WEST||30||6||HILL VALLEY YARD, WHEATSTONE JUNCTION, MIDDLETOWN, HILL VALLEY YARD|
Note 15. Train 30 is a mixed train which provides passenger service between Middletown and Hill Valley. Equipment must be present in the consist to accommodate passengers.