The Big Stink Extra (Main Line Running)
The area around Kamloops has been a cattle-producing area since the
mid-1800s. One of the largest ranches the Gang Ranch, 170 miles
(274 kilometer) northwest of Kamloops, came into being in 1865 as the
Canadian Ranching Company. Over the years it grew to over 1 million
acres (404,000 hectares) thus becoming one of the largest cattle
ranches in the world. It was one of the earliest ranches in the area to
use irrigation, water being routed down a side-draw in large volume to
irrigate hayfields. It is believed that it was the first ranch in the area
to use the double-furrowed gang plough from England to build
irrigation ditches and thus the cowboys began calling the ranch “The
Gang”. Over it’s 143-year history (1865-2008) the Gang Ranch has seen
much hardship, tragedy and bankruptcy. Tragedies included the loss of
3,000 cattle to a cold winter in 1878. The bankruptcy of 1982 inspired
two books about the legendary ranch, The Incredible Gang Ranch, by
Dale Alsager (ISBN 0-88839-211-7) and The Gang Ranch, The Real Story,
by Judy Alsager (ISBN 09682883-0-8).
On John Marlor’s Canadian Pacific Mountain Division cattle were
transported not only east from the Gang and other ranches to the
west, but also east to west from the vast cattle producing area the
prairies and the foothills of the Rockies in Alberta to markets on the
west coast and beyond.
Time required to complete: Approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.
From Layout JM-04RR.rrw:
Select locomotive CP 4122 at Kamloops.
Depart Kamloops for Taft.
Pull into the siding at Taft to await CP 1172.
Select locomotive CP 1172 at Revelstoke.
Proceed with westbound passenger to Kamloops.
Select locomotive CP 4122 at Taft.
Proceed to Revelstoke.
Stop on the “through freight track”, third track from the station.
After a brief stop, proceed to Albert Canyon and stop on the
passing siding to await CP 1178.
Select CP 4114 at Field.
Proceed to the siding at Glacier.
Select locomotive CP 1178 at Revelstoke.
Proceed with eastbound passenger to Field stopping briefly at
Albert Canyon and Glacier.
Select CP 4122 at Albert Canyon.
Proceed to Field.
Select locomotive CP 4114 at Glacier
Proceed to Revelstoke with a brief stop at Albert Canyon for a
brake check. Stop on the first yard storage track, fourth track
from the station.
Select locomotives CP 963 and CP 4111 and move to gain access for
CP 4114 to the fuel oil storage tanks.
Move locomotives CP 4114 to the oil tanks for refueling.
Save file as JM-05RR.rrw.
Main Line Running
As we saw in a previous scenario, TrainPlayer you can run more that
one train at a time. Thus, there are many ways you can modify the
above scenario, depending on your dexterity.
For example, you could start the cattle train CP 4122 towards Taft and
the start the westbound passenger CP 1172 towards Kamloops timing it
so that the cattle train made the passing siding before the passenger
arrived at Taft. Once the passenger had passed, the cattle train could
proceed to Revelstoke without waiting for the passenger to reach
Kamloops. Of course you will have to keep an eye on both trains as
they are moving simultaneously. Don't forget to turn off "Auto-Follow".
If you think you are even more dexterous, start the freight CP 4114
towards Glacier. You could plan the meet for Albert Canyon and have
passenger CP 1178 proceed eastbound while the freight is westbound.
You would then have four trains moving at once. Good luck!