Welcome to the Teton Short Line
03/31/99 rev 06/19/11
The HO scale Teton Short Line (TSL) has been evolving since 1965 in the basement of the CEO's home in Pocatello Idaho. The era has remained frozen in the the late 50's and early 60's. A mixture of light steam and 4-axle diesel powered freight and passengers trains traverse a North-South route, along the Idaho/Wyoming border to bridge the Great Northern and Union Pacific Railroads.
The TSL single track mainline with sidings is fully signalled with about 60 searchlight and three color heads operating in APB or CTC mode. Using an embedded computer to enhance the experience, it requires eight operators to bring it to full performance. About 200 freight cars can be found on TSL tracks servicing its many customers.
In these pages, we'd like to share some experiences gained in building and running the TSL for the fun of all model railroaders. Our webpages, like the TSL, will continue to evolve so check back once-in-awhile and if you're particularly interested in a topic, e-mail me.
To the best of my knowledge, the circuitry and software presented here is original, unless noted, and is freely put into the public domain for the pleasure of all model railroaders.
Have Fun-- Wayne Roderick, CEO (and Gandy Dancer) Teton Short Line
The icon, indicates a promised link. Someday we'll have 'em all working.
Teton Short Line- About it
Meet the TSL CEO -- Meet the TSL Webmaster TSL track plan & brief history Malfunction Junction freight yard Offline storage and holding yards 12/04/05 Origin & Route of the TSL Doors, Ducks & Access Real Water, a long term success Pictures Visiting & Operating
Control and electronics and computer stuff
Control System 01/19/03 Walkaround Cabs sub-system Automatic Cab Control sub-system Ultra Simple, goof proof yard Cab 11/12/04 Computer integration 12/02/04 Add-ons to the C/MRI 12/01/04 With NEW QBasic source code 11/21/04 Three color signals-now 11/29/04 and then Occupancy Detection 09/09/11 Hi-freq constant lights Layout Control Bus 12/03/05 Control Panel Construction 12/03/05
DO-IT-YOURSELF DCC SUB-SYSTEM DCC interface (DCCID) 12/30/02 DCC boosters 08/19/04 DCC + Common Rail = Trouble! Mixed DCC & Primitive Analog Systems 05/28/05 EasyDCC integration 01/23/03 Programming with PR1 DCC auto-stop w/staging yard 08/26/06
HIGH TECH SHAY IN THE GARDEN 04/23/03 Bachmann G-Shay mechanical fixes 04/22/03
Automation and Mechanics on the TSL
Seeking turntable 01/20/04 Automated Rotary Car Dumper Automated Wheel Guage Inspector A reliable double-slip switch 11/30/04
Operations on the TSL
TSL Emplyees Timetable, General & Special Rules 04/20/06 TSL freight manager program CarCards on the TSL 03/23/03 Clean track with a Cleaner Car, G-gauge too Stretching the AHM/IHC log car 08/29/05
A Few Special & Links to Links
Pocatello Model Railroad & Historical Society NMRA Model Railroading Links Lee Nicholas famous Utah Colorado Western
Teton Engineering home page
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