New York Ontario & Western Railway

Joel Morse

Layout Scale: N Scale 

Layout Size: 150 Sq Ft “E” Shape

Layout Concept: This proto-lanced point to point layout models the NYOW main line through the rolling hills of New York’s Catskill Mountains, in the spring of 1954. Traffic consists of dairy products, coal, bluestone granite, farm products, produce, wood chemical products and a variety of manufactured goods. The layout goal is to provide a combination of switching and through traffic focused jobs to the operating crews. The main yard and connection to the Delhi Branch are located in Walton, with trains serving customers located in the towns of Walton, Merrickville, Maywood, and Sidney on the NYOW. The layout includes interchanges with the Delaware and Hudson in Sidney, with connection to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western at Merrickville Junction, and interchange with the DL&W at the fictional town of Shellysburg.

Layout Description: This approximately 150 square foot E-shaped, folded dog-bone, includes a 10-track staging yard representing the Division points of Cadosia and Norwich on the NYOW, as well as a 9-track staging yard representing the DL&W mainline. A first layer of scenery is completed over the entire layout, with detailed scenery treatments in progress all over the railroad. Structures include a combination of scratchbuilt, kit-bashed, kit built and swap meet stand-ins. Located in the garage, the layout is wheel-chair accessible, but is a minimum of 49 inches high.


Operations Description: Operation sessions include a variety of train types, with a typical session handling 15 to 20 trains, including locals, turns, manifest freights, coal drags, interchange transfers and passenger trains; with traffic managed by the Dispatcher using a Train Sheet and issuing verbal Track Warrants. Walton is the hub of the railroad with many trains originating and terminating there (and virtually all trains passing through). Trains also originate and terminate at Shellysburg on the DL&W, as well as the four staging yard locations (Cadosia/Norwich on the NYOW and Binghamton/Syracuse on the DL&W). Headed by first generation diesels, trains are limited to 10 cars plus power and caboose. One-man crews utilize the Form 19 as a combination Clearance Form A and train instruction sheet, and are required to verbally OS to the Dispatcher and receive verbal Track Warrants for movement over the line. The Walton Yard is busy enough to require a Yardmaster and Assistant Yardmaster/Hostler to make-up and break-down trains, classify cars, and switch customers. The Walton Yard crew and the Dispatcher jobs require experienced operators. No experience is needed for the other crew jobs which work the Delhi Freight Turn, Delhi Coal Turn, Sidney Local, Norwich Express and the DL&W Transfer, along with through coal drags, and passenger trains.

Crew Jobs:

  • Dispatcher
  • Walton Yardmaster
  • Walton Assistant Yardmaster/Hostler
  • 3-4 Road Crews            


Updated 1/24/2021