KV&O System maps

KV&O system maps. The first map shows only KV&O trackage. The second map shows connecting lines and interchange points.

 

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KV&O SD40-2 Gray Ghost

In November 1969 crew was working Blue Diamond coal on the Leatherwood Branch. The assigned powered that day was SD40-2 1268 and 1270. SD40-2 1268 was north out coming back off the branch. The last pick up was 55 loads from Blue Diamond Coal. This would give the train a total of 135 loads coming off the branch, but nothing unusual about this move. Blue Diamond is located on one of the steepest part of the branch line. Normal practice so the engineer can control the speed of the train down grade and keep it under control around the curves, is to couple the cars up cut the air in, and let the air charge up and let the engineer get a good brake on the cars then kick the brakes on the cars. This day the conductor knocked the brakes on the cars first and then cut the air in. This cause the brakes to start releasing on the other cars. Knowing what was about to happen the engineer jumped off the train. The train only made it 3/4 mile before it come of the track and into the creek. Both 1268 and 1270 derailed and 22 cars with 18 on there side. 1268 took the most damage of the wreck between the engine and was later scrapped. 1270 was rebuilt but do to power shortage the locomotive was put back into service wearing gray primer paint. Crews nicknamed the the engine the Gray Ghost.
On its first run back in service 1270
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Dynamometer car

After the recent locomotive purchases KV&O invested in a Dynamometer car. One thing KV&O is known for is rebuilding their worn out equipment to get longer use out of it. With the car they hope to help in design and rebuilding of their equipment. 102_5185

Diesel Shops

Been working on the diesel shops and service facility Both the sanding rack and the building from ar Bachmann kits. I didn’t much care for the molded yellow on the Bachmann sanding rack. The rack went to the paint booth. Gave it a coat of primer and a coat of safety yellow. Looks better then the mold yellow. Going to change out the cage ladders too. the ones Bachmann sent with the kit just dont look right.

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PC DCC Interface

While talking to a couple of good friend we got on the subject of DCC PC interface. There is a few to chose from and most DCC system manufactures make their own DCC PC interface. I use a Digitrax for my DCC. They offer there PR3XTRA interface for PCs. This also programs sound decoders.
For me I went with RR-CirKits LocoBuffer. One reason I wanted to have a PC interface was for wireless throttles. Now and days most people has a touch phone. JMRI offers and app that can be downloaded to your phone or tablet and in combination with the JMRI PC program you can use it as a wireless controller. Has pretty much the same bells and whistles as the expensive that can be purchased. I have 2 old touch screen phones both running Android operating systems. These phones no longer have cell service but are still about to connect to WiFi. Which is what is used with the JMRI PC interface. I tied my wife’s Ipad also and all work with the apps available on JMRI’s website. I use an old Laptop that is still running Windows XP. This PC stays connected to the DCC system and when the layout turns on I boot the PC up and start the program.
Up side one can save money by using old touch screen cell phones or tables. Downside one has to have WiFi service and a PC running JMRI that is connected to the DCC system on the layout so the touch phones or tablets can use the WiFi to connect the PC.
If anyone is interesting in this let me know I dont care to help them get started.