HO Scale Fort Worth, Temple, and Gulf
The Fort Worth, Temple and Gulf Railroad is a proto-freelanced railroad running in the 1980’s from Fort Worth, Texas through Temple, Texas to Houston, Texas. It is operated with Digitrax radio controlled Digital Command Control (DCC.)
Motive power is a mix of first and second generation Electro Motive Division (SW1200, SD7/9, GP7, F7, GP30, GP38-2, SD40-2, SD45, SD40T-2) and General Electric diesels (C30-7, U30C), with one 2-8-8-2 Y-6b in excursion service. It was purchased in the late 1950’s from the Norfolk and Western for long haul service through the plains of Texas.
The FWTG did not join Amtrak at its inception in 1971, and retains passenger service using rebuilt Budd cars on the Gulf Coast Special. Service is provided between Ft. Worth and Houston once each way daily.
The layout has Automatic Block Signals (ABS) using a combination of purchased and homemade signals, and the Computer-Model Railroad Interface (C-MRI) system using current detection and S-MINI boards. A Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) Panel has been constructed, but is not functional at this time.