Southern Pacific – Exeter Branch
The Exeter Branch was designed for operations and a focus on switching. The track plan and industries are derived from the Southern Pacific Industrial Numbering System (SPINS) diagrams for the region. The majority of the industries existed on the prototype, with a few industries added for operational interest and/or the owner’s druthers.
The prototype location is the San Joaquin Valley in California. The area is located north of Bakersfield, south of Fresno, and east of the SP mainline.
The year is 1965 and produce traffic is always ‘in season’. Produce is the primary commodity shipped in this agricultural central California region. Inbound traffic consists of empty reefers for loading and shipments to local industries.
The railroad has staging at each end: Bakersfield (east) and Fresno (west). The eight towns on the western end are serviced exclusively by the Southern Pacific. They are: Locans, Sanger, LacJac, Reedley, Dinuba, Exeter, Vance and Lindsay. The eastern end is serviced jointly by the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe as per prototype practice. The four towns are: Richgrove, Jovista, Saco and Oil Junction. Of note is the tank car facility at Oil Junction, which is serviced by both the SP and ATSF.
Car Forwarding: The layout employs a car card and waybill system.
Rick is in the process of building a new railroad; the Southern Pacific Los Angeles Division which is being chronicled in his blog: https://spladivision.blogspot.com/
|Los Angeles Division,|
|Locale||San Joaquin Valley,|
|Forwarding||Car Card / Waybill|
|Control System||NCE DCC|
|Size||18′ x 19′ and 11′ x 13′|
|Style||Along the walls with|
|peninsulas,no duck under|
|Communication||Verbal, visual track rules|
|Access||Basement; 3′ aisles|
|Pets in home||Dog – not in layout room|