Welcome to RS Tower, the new layout from the group responsible for Rock Springs.

Please click on the menu bar at the top of the screen to navigate around the site, or use the rather nice ‘tree’ menu to your left that shows the heirarchy of all pages.

On the page-top menu, “Home” will always bring you back to this point.

Blog Page” will take you to our regularly (yeah I know, not regularly enough!) updated blog where we will be endeavoring to to keep you all up to date with our progress, discuss stock we are planning or in fact anything else that interests us! You are also welcome to leave comments or messages on the items there.

 “Exhibitions” will keep you informed of shows we will be attending and have attended and “Us at your show?” will feature information for Exhibition managers (or club members who want to badger exhibition managers into letting us come!) – we are currently actively seeking shows for 2009 and beyond.

RS Tower - pic by Neil Roper, modelling by Bob

Well, that’s enough about the site admin, on to the layout!

“RS Tower” is an interlocking tower (think Signal Box in UK parlance) located in a small Midwestern town, and it controls the flat crossing of two main lines.

The busiest of these is a CTC controlled main line that goes from single to double track at the interlocking, the quieter consists of a single track that winds its way through town involving a short stretch of street running – both lines have a fair amount of ‘through’ freight traffic and there are also some passenger operations modelled.

There are also local industries shipping and receiving by rail both routes, these are served from a small yard that has a connection to both of the main lines – occasional ‘switching jobs’ to serve these industries mean that the tower operator (signaller) has to fit these moves in between the main line freight and passenger trains.

Conflicting moves are therefore common and mean that multiple trains creeping up to red signals or waiting to cross the junction can often be seen, making it a bit of a local ‘railfan hotspot’.

The layout is 27′ x 11′ in it’s basic form, and requires at least 5 operators to be working at once (four driving and a dispatcher) – this means a requirement of at least 6, preferably 7 or 8 people to properly staff a show.

The layout is DCC controlled (using Lenz set 90/100 units), trackwork is Peco‘s new US outline code 83 on scenic sections and their code 75 in the staging yard (this was done as the staging yard design uses curved points which were not available in code 83 at the time of building.)

The staging yard is designed to wrap around to give the maximum train length possible in order to try and give the impression of long US freights stretching off into the distance, and all tracks can take trains of at least 30′ in length, in other words longer than the scenic section.

 The layout can be set in various era’s from the 1950’s to the present day by changing out key structures plus vehicles and of course the rolling stock – our operators have various interests ranging across that period.

The layout also has the optional feature of our own design of modules, which have the effect of adding a branch line from one or other side, for more info on the modules click here to visit the modular system blog.

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