Jerry Jungers' HO Scale Western
photos by Don Morice
The Western Arkansas Railroad (the WAR) is a freelance
railroad operating primarily in western Arkansas from
Texarkana on the south end to Gateway on the north end.
Several communities and the industries served are a result
of the owner's imagination. It all began in 2008, so it is
very much a work in progress layout, attached to
approximately 100 feet of finished basement walls, plus a
couple 7 foot peninsulas. It is basically a point to point
operation, with a double track main in dog bone fashion.
At present the locomotive power is marked Arkansas &
Missouri with a loaner from the Wabash, but eventually will
be repainted in the WAR Royal Blue & White scheme. The St.
Louis Southwestern RR (Cotton Belt) is an operating partner
of the WAR and serves the industries on about half the
layout, while the A&M handles the other half. A Frisco mixed
freight and a Katy passenger train also make visits during
Industry structures and other details are constantly
Scheduled operating sessions are for a group of fellow
members, as well as an occasional session by invitation.
Approx. 200 feet of HO Code 83 track and another 25 feet of
code 100 in hidden areas.
Digitrax digital command controlled with radio.
RailOp generated train manifests and switch lists.
Industries: 32 (some with multiple tracks) serviced by a
fleet of 170 cars and 16 locomotives.
Staging: 9 tracks total at 2 points.
Interchanges: 3 tracks.
Double Mainline is dispatcher controlled with automated
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