Southern Pacific – Exeter Branch
The Exeter Branch was designed for operations and switching. The track
plan and industries are derived from Southern Pacific SPINS (Southern
Pacific Industrial Numbering System) diagrams of 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
The year is 1965 and produce traffic is always ‘in
season’. The primary commodity is produce throughout the region.
The railroad has staging at each end: Bakersfield (east) and Fresno
(west). The western end serves eight towns: Locans, Sanger, LacJac,
Reedley, Dinuba, Exeter, Lindsay, Vance. This is served by the
Southern Pacific exclusively. The eastern end servers four towns:
Richgrove, Jovista, Saco and Oil Junction and is served by both the SP
and the Santa Fe as on the prototype.
All motive power are four axle. Rolling stock ranges from 35’ covered
hoppers thru 50’ mechanical reefers. The rest is a mixture of cars
primarily 40’ and 50’ in lengths.
Operations: The layout employs a car card and waybill operating
system. Five one man crews staff a session. The control system is NCE
DCC using wireless and tethered cabs. All uncoupling is manual with
bamboo skewers. All turnouts are controlled by ground throws with the
exception of Fresno staging which uses switch machines and routing via
a turnout matrix.
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