Set in a fairly vague period of the later 20th
Century, 13th Street Yard is a small fictitious switching
yard set on the edge of a city somewhere in the USA.
When originally constructed the layout did have some
tracks with overhead electrification. However over the years this
had suffered damage and it has now been removed as can be seen by
the sawn off stumps of the masts and a pile of them awaiting
removal. As would have happened in the real situation when the
maintenance of the overhead wiring became uneconomic.
The situation of lines running on streets and through
buildings is typical all over the USA, a well known example being in San Francisco until the late 1960s. The incoming trains are
hauled by diesel road locomotives which then hand over the freight
cars to a switcher for distribution to the various industries.
Click on a photo to the right to view images of the layout.