The west side of Manhattan is
the location of the railroads that I intend to model. Starting at
30th street, the New York Central, The Erie Railroad, The New York
Terminal Stores Building and running down to 26th street with the
Lehigh Valley Railroad. This portion of New York City also was home
to the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Baltimore and Ohio. Both of
these railroads also had car float operations as well. The New York
Central was the most extensive of the railroads with mainline access
to the bulk of Manhattan Island as well as the rest of the country.
The Central also operated the High Line that replaced its street level
road downtown to lower Manhattan.
The three railroads that I'm
modeling shared a connection to the New York Central's Terminal Stores
Building. This Building was located on 12th Avenue between 28th Street
and 27th Street. The aerial View to the left shows the New York Central's
30th Street yard and High Line, the Erie's 28th Street Yard, the New
York Terminal Stores building and the Lehigh Valley.
South of the Lehigh is the B&O's
yard. The B&O yard while very interesting is just out of reach
for my space. Above to the left is an aerial photo of the area of
interest and below to the right is a topographical map of the same
region. These maps and photo are well after my operational period
but dose show the physical arrangements of the yards. Most of the
piers are gone by the time these maps and photos where made. The drawing
below is an illustration
of how the Lehigh Valley and the Erie’s
tracks where laid out. Missing from the drawing is the New York
Central Railroad's 12th Avenue
line. The 12th Avenue line connected
the 30th Street Yard to the New York Terminal Stores Building. From
the research I have done I have found that the Central use a DES-3
locomotive to handle the normal switching. The DES-3 is Tri-Powered
locomotive, Battery, Third Rail, and Diesel.