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Old 03-14-2010, 12:37 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by TheRoadForeman View Post
Single track does not equal meltdown...
It just means you have to manage your capacity more wisely...when you run trains, how much spacing between them, etc. I forget what line on CSX it was (I want to say the former Clinchfield main) that used a "slot" system in which all trains going in one direction would be two sidings apart, allowing for the trains coming in the other direction to occupy every other siding. All of the trains going one direction would run to the second siding, meeting the train going the opposite direction in the first siding, and they'd keep alternating like that. I guess they were able to wring quite a bit of capacity out of the single track main using that technique. If you need further evidence, look at NS' Rathole.
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