Denver Union Terminal
Denver Union Terminal is a 24' x 30' freelance of the joint line south of Denver. The operational purpose of the DUT is to act as an overflow yard for the major railroads in Denver, as well as a switching yard for the local industries and branch. South Denver yard is the major yard for the railroad. Out of this yard is a branch that runs to Wheat Ridge where the principle industry is a large ADM mill. Leaving the yard, the track merges with the joint line and runs south to Palmer Lake. All of the locals run out of the yard to do their switching. The main line trains originate from the staging area and transverse along the Sheridan Branch to South Park Junction where they enter the main line. The main line is fully signaled with detection. All locomotives have decoders and sound installed, and the layout is controlled by DCC (NCE).
Layout at a glance
Name: Denver Union Terminal
Size: 24' x 30'
Prototype: UP-BSNF & pre-merger
Locale: Denver South (Joint Line)
Era: 90s to present
Style: Walk Around
Mainline run: 96', Branch 31'
Minimum radius: 48"
Minimum turnout: #6
Maximum grade: 1% & 4% out of staging
Benchwork: Open Grid
Height: 46" lowest, 48" highest, 34-1/2" staging
Roadbed: Homosote over 1/2" plywood and Homabed
Track: Old Pullman code 125
Backdrop: Hand Painted
DUT Dispatcher: Controls train movements
South Denver Yard Master: Controls all movement in the yard and the Wheat Ridge Branch
South Denver Switcher: Works yard
ADM Switcher: Switches ADM plant and interchanges cars with yard
Wheat Ridge Local: Works from yard and switches industries on branch
Littleton Local: Switches both sides of main at Littleton
Sadalia Local: Switches industries at Sadalia
Road Job: TOFC/COFC - from staging, does work at yard
Road Job: Coal Train from staging runs around train and runs south
Road Job: Freight - from staging with cars for locals, then returns with cars to staging
The time frame for a typical operating session is 2 to 2-1/2 hours. There are no duck unders. All of the layout is accessible from alley ways. The DUT dispatcher controls all movements on the main by signal indication and works with the yard for any movement off the main. All switching areas have panels that show the track plan, and toggles switches to control the switches that are also shown on the board with an LED. All locals and main line freights have a switch list or instructions on what to do.
Most recent update: 2008 December 21
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