I had originally decided to model the Henderson Sub of the L & N, but decided instead to model the short line that runs through the area, the Stillwater Central (SLWC). I have taken my original plan and modified it somewhat. The Stillwater Central Railroad (SLWC) is a subsidiary of the Watco Companies and operates over 275 miles of track in Oklahoma from Sapulpa through Oklahoma City through Lawton to Snyder. The SLWC has trackage rights over BNSF from Sapulpa to Tulsa and from Snyder to Altus. They also operate a branch from Stillwater to a connection with BNSF at Pawnee. Primary business is handling mined, mineral, and industrial products, but not limited to any of these. Here's a map of the SLWC: Here's the track plan: I can operate this as a point to point or if I tire of that I can just let trains run. Here's what I am proposing for operations: Let's start first with the Tulsa staging: On November 16, 2009, unit trains of rock began moving out of the Greenhill Materials quarry (northeast of Tulsa in Owasso) to its sister company, Oklahoma Construction Materials in OKC. The Stillwater Central supplies the power, the cars, the crews to move the train and training to allow the Greenhill team to operate the train so they could load the cars. The trains run twice a week with 50 to 60 cars. I will simulate this with a unit train on the ready in the Tulsa staging. Sapulpa: I will represent Paragon Industries (manufacturer of line pipe, oil country tubular pipe, standard pipe and pipe piles). Besides loading on trucks and barges, they can load 89' flat cars, 60' bulk head flats and open top gondolas. Oklahoma City: Besides unloading the Greenhill quarry materials at Oklahoma Construction Materials mentioned above, I will have other transloading facilities located there. (not quite sure just yet, still planning) There also will be mechanical services located there. Lawton/Ft. Sill: Transloading services for an oil company. Several tank cars are frequently seen here where crude oil is pumped from the tank cars into waiting trucks. Occasionally there is unloading of construction materials for various lumber yards here. Also, the grain elevator will be standing by for the wheat harvest season. I may even have an occasional troop train of tanks, artillery etc. coming out of Ft. Sill heading to interchange in Altus or even Tulsa for points beyond. Snyder: This is where the line ends, but there is trackage rights on to Altus where there is interchange with BNSF. Snyder will have a grain facility since there is an interchange with Grainbelt Corporation (GNBC), an affiliate of Farmrail Company (FMRC) which travels north to Clinton and Enid. So with this layout, there will be a diversity of motive power represented (SLWC, BNSF, UP, GNBC) at any given time. Also it will provide for all kinds of rolling stock. I am still planning a lot of the details and bench work construction probably won't even begin until sometime in February 2010. I think that I am going to be more satisfied with constructing a layout based on a local line and there is going to be lots of work, but enjoyable work.