The freelanced Western Midland may best be described as a short line built to class one standards. Trains operate point-to-point between two terminal yards over a 170 foot mainline. Although the layout is only about 55 percent sceniced it is fully operational and usually accommodates a crew of 12. In addition to a dispatcher, crew positions include: yardmasters (two), agent/operators (four), as well as several train crews. Train movements during a typical operating session will usually comprise two passenger trains, two through freights and six way freights which are run as extras. While the Western Midland has a dispatcher's office in a room adjacent to the layout, we usually dispatch over the phone from Calgary, Alberta using a former professional dispatcher from the T.T.&T.O. era on Canadian Pacific.
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