Talk to me about independent subsidiaries, paper roads, etc.

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  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I'm developing a freelanced road as a fun addition to my Penn Central themed layout. Some recent trheads have mentioned "paper railroads" which I assume don't really have their own equipment lettered for a seperate road. Right?

    I've created some "Kings Port & Western" locos so the road now "exists" but I'm going to run it on the same tracks as my PC trains so I guess the KP&W has running rights over some PC lines. Is this similar to the P&LE which was an actually independent subsidiary of the NYC and then the PC? Under what circumstances might two roads share track and maybe even locomotive servicing areas? I like the idea of mingling my blue and orange KP&W units among the black PC engines.

    Thanks for the help!
    Ralph
  2. CNWman

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    what about conecting freight yards at the fringes of the two? That way you can run the King trains next to your ever-precious Penn Central trains and they can both service at a nearby work setup:thumb: As for running them on the same train, maybe the Penn Central could borow some loco power from the shortline. A free-lance running with a Hi-Rail layout, sounds great:D :thumb: post pics!:D
  3. brakie

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    Ralph asks:I'm developing a freelanced road as a fun addition to my Penn Central themed layout. Some recent trheads have mentioned "paper railroads" which I assume don't really have their own equipment lettered for a seperate road. Right?
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    That is correct..A "paper" railroad is just that it own no locomotives or rolling stock but,is a legal corporations set up by larger parent railroad(s).If 2 railroads own a paper terminal road both parent companies would supply locomotives on rotating bases. A paper railroad could also be known as a non-operating subsidiary.
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    I've created some "Kings Port & Western" locos so the road now "exists" but I'm going to run it on the same tracks as my PC trains so I guess the KP&W has running rights over some PC lines. Is this similar to the P&LE which was an actually independent subsidiary of the NYC and then the PC? Under what circumstances might two roads share track and maybe even locomotive servicing areas? I like the idea of mingling my blue and orange KP&W units among the black PC engines.
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    Your KP&W would have its own track however,PC could have operating rights over these tracks and that's how the PC units ended up in KP&W's engine servicing area.

    BTW..After the formation of Conrail P&LE became an independent Road and was merged into the CSX in 1993 and became the Three Rivers Transportation company however that is a paper railroad seeing the former P&LE tracks is operated like any other CSX main line.
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    OK! That helps! I've thought that the layout might possibly become more my own freelance with the PC stuff running through and your comments fit there Brakie.
    Thanks! :thumb:
    Ralph