MOW Siding Photo Gallery

Above: A MOW train idles in the siding waiting for its next assignment. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Above: An overhead view of the module looking left to right from the front. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Below: Installing the cork roadbed on the modules. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

MOW Siding

One under modeled facet of railroading is the maintenance of way department. This module models a simple MOW spur located on a busy double track mainline through the club's home state of Connecticut. The siding has enough capacity for a short MOW train and is adjacent to a typical yard with miscellaneous rail, ties, and OTM. On the other side of the mainline, a small park with a boat launch, parking lot, and hiking trail can be found.

The design of the module was meant to fulfill several design objectives around how the module was to be used.  First, club members who attend train shows are expected to run trains during the course of the display.  With the club moving away from club owned modules, new personal modules need to be designed to accommodate the trains the owner wants to run.  Typically, most modules build their sidings and yards to the back of the module (and thus connected to the inside mainline).  This makes finding times to run on the inside mainline more difficult while the outside mainline is usually available.  For this reason, the single spur connected to the outside mainline was designed to hold a complete MOW train. During show operations, the train is simply pulled directly out onto the mainline (the club observes right hand running on the mains) and circles the layout for its designated times.  When the run is over, the train is simply backed into the siding.  A set of signals, tied to the turnout, was slated to be installed on the module to provide a level of protection during this move.

In addition, the module was also designed to double as a club information module with provisions for flyers to be available on the front of the module and a display area for posters or video displays built into the back rear of the left hand module.  This was a useful feature of the module.

In the summer of 2015, the module set was retired and the two sets of benchwork were used as a base for the Tribute to Springfield layout.

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Module at a Glance

Scale: HO Scale
Size: 2'x8'
Number of Sections: 2
Builder: Jim Spavins
Type: Straight
Mainline Tracks: 2
Years Constructed: 2014
Era: 1990s
Features: MOW Siding, Park
Status: Retired