IT's TEAM TRACK TUESDAY. Share photos of action on your railroad's team track.
Team track are a vital part of day to day real railroad operations. Virtually all types of freight cars can be on/off loaded on team tracks. MOW and a some passenger train equipment can also utilize team tracks. Team tracks are non-dedicated sidings or spurs that are usually open to public access and are also known as public delivery tracks. Non-dedicated mean that do not serve any one specific industry such as a lumber yard, coal yard, etc.
Team tracks are found in remote rural areas, small towns, and large cities. For instance; a local merchant, in Littletown USA, who sells appliances at her/his store on Main Street has purchased a box car load of major appliances from GE. GE loads the boxcar at their plant in Erie, Pa. and the car is routed over as many railroad as it takes to get to Littletown USA. Once the boxcar arrives in Littletown, the car is set out at the local team track ... usually located near the railroad station. The appliance merchant is then notified by the railroad's freight agent that the car has arrived and is on the team track. The merchant brings a truck and crew to pull up along side the boxcar and the unloading process begins. Once the car is unloaded it is returned to its home railroad or dispatched to pick up another load somewhere else.
This week on team track one located in Lower Patsburg, a boxcar load of high voltage power transformers has been set out by the local freight. The unloading process has begun. These transformers are going to the local power company for use a substation. Some of the older transformers at the substation are being replaced and these high voltage transformers will do the job. Once the job is done, local kids ride their bikes to the team track and check out the empty boxcar.
Go ahead and post your team track happening. ALL are welcome participate as long as you have an undesignated siding or spur. Your layout can be very simple or it can be a highly detailed museum quality layout, either way you are welcome and highly encouraged to participate. The idea is to have fun Have a wonderfully fun and creative week