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Al Frasch
BNSF Pilchuck Division

The Pilchuck Division of the BNSF is an N-scale, 800 sqft, double decked layout representing the main freight line from north of Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., hypothetically in May 1998. The single track mainline is about 16 scale miles long with 11 passing sidings, giving the radio contacted Dispatcher plenty of opportunities to get trains around each other using verbal track warrants. The layout is essentially 100% sceniced and has been hosting operation sessions since 2005. Three yards, with Everett's Delta Yard being by far the busiest, require yardmasters in addition to another three yard crew. Typical sessions will have six or seven trains on the layout at one time, using single person crews, including passenger, locals, through freights, manifests, hotshot intermodals, unit grain and coal trains, and even tourist trains. This requires from 11 to 15 operators for a typical four hour session.

Published sources:
N-Scale Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008; Railroad Model Craftsman, Sept 2009; Model Railroad Hobbyist, July 2011; N Scale Railroading, Nov/Dec 2014; Trackside Model Railroading emagazine, July 2015

Basic information:
A. Scale: N
B. DC or DCC: Digitrax DCC Radio
C. Dispatching/control method: Verbal Track Warrants via FRS radios
D. Car control: CC/WB
E. Mainline: 540 feet main, eleven sidings, single tracked
F. Room size: 800 sqft.
G. Percent sceniced: 100%
H. Handicap accessibility: none
I. Maximum number of guest operators: 13

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