CNJ 1000 Switching at the Bronx Terminal

Full Length Video

I was going to wait until the start of the Train Show on Friday to post some video of the layout operating but figured why wait. Today I will be dismantling the layout, packing it up and stuffing it into the van. We leave tomorrow morning. I suspect I would not get time to do it otherwise so I decided to post it now.

I shot this video last evening so it is very current. It is the boxcab switching the freight house and loading some cars onto the carfloat.

Youtube has a tendency of making model railroad videos look jerky when they play. The boxcab is a very smooth operating engine, any jerky motion is in the video. Youtube also has a tendency of making cars derail, but I got lucky on this video.

If you really want to see it running, stop by the Train Show next weekend! If it doesn’t fall out of the van, it will be set up and running there.


This is the most recent construction related post.

Check back soon for an update! In the meantime, the category links to the right are full of interesting content.

First time here? Click here to start at the beginning of the Bronx Terminal project.

About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 07-04-2009 | 08:07 AM
Posted in: 2009 NMRA Train Show - Hartford | CNJ 1000 Boxcab | Latest Posts | Track Construction | Video


  1. WOW!! Tim, thats what I like to see. So nice to see that your layout is working so smooth! Hope that the people at the show can appreciate the work you have done on that.

    Comment by Michael Graff — July 4, 2009 @ 9:47 am
  2. Very nice Tim! Great Video and so smooth. I agree with Michael, I hope people who see it appreciate the planning, plotting, work, fun and craftsmanship that have gone into this layout.

    Comment by Mike Young — July 4, 2009 @ 6:32 pm
  3. I think you violated the yard speed limit when backing those ore cars onto the barge…;)

    Very nice, smooth trackwork!


    Comment by Dustin — July 4, 2009 @ 7:22 pm
  4. Dustin,

    Yes, it kind of got away on me there. Still need to tweak the decoder settings in the engine….


    Comment by Tim — July 4, 2009 @ 8:07 pm
  5. Holy cow! Your work is totally awesome. I’ve been visiting your website for months and following the progress of your layout. Thanks for the video. I wish I could see it right there at the Train Show.


    Comment by Javier — July 5, 2009 @ 10:50 am
  6. Tim,

    Have been following this thread with amazement. Question: how do you throw the switch points that are on the car-float bridge?


    Comment by bror hultgren — July 6, 2009 @ 7:29 am
  7. Tim,
    Don Spiro referred me to your site, and I was so entralled, I even followed your rennovations and the barn raising. Beautiful work, sir, both large and small. And I love the way the site works, smooth. You may have missed your calling as a jewler. And now I’m tempted to try your products. Ha! You devil. At the tender age of 65, I’ve just started a new layout, check the Oct 06 MR for my old NYK&W. Ah, the neglected railroads of New Jersey!
    Bernie Halloran

    Comment by Bernie Halloran — July 9, 2009 @ 2:04 pm
  8. Absolutely gorgeous work! Sure makes for some interesting switching moves. Must have been a challenge to switch before radios. I wonder how many guys it would have taken to relay hand signals around the building. Looks like the building’s too tall to simply stand on top of a box car and look over the building.

    Comment by Mike Brown — October 11, 2009 @ 12:41 am
  9. Hi Tim,
    Always on the lookout for quality finescale modelling, stumbled upon your site & became intrigued with your project. Read your excellent blog/links from scratch & am fascinated by the history & operation of these unique terminals. Huge respect for your vision, determination, workmanship, creativity, obsession, drive for accuracy/realism, fabrication/modelling skills & generosity with your time in documenting the project in such an informative way. You responded to someone’s comment about ground throws etc saying you considered options, but went with an electronic solution as developing your own complex interlocking system would be prohibitive. Obviously you’re long-comitted now but I thought you may be interested in these guys: http://modratec.com/
    Operating authentic mechanically-interlocked ground frames on this layout would no doubt be a “Fast Track” to insanity, but the cool factor would be off-the-scale!
    Thanks again for sharing your vision.

    Comment by Barry Y. — November 19, 2009 @ 10:56 am
  10. I’ve bought a couple of your jigs now and absolutely love them. I’m an N Scaler. You’re N Scale version of that track insanity is absolutely beautiful. I hope I can do the same thing someday as my skills improve. I started with one of your N Scale double slip switch fixtures (had to start with the hardest of course) and loved it. Even made a couple with switched center frogs like the real ones. Anyway, not to get to far off topic here, I to was wondering how you switch the turnout on the float bridge. Is it just through the water as the bridge probably won’t be moving much or something through the side of the seawall? Very curious. Beautiful work. Very envious. Ha ha!

    Comment by Donovan Baker — October 26, 2013 @ 10:47 pm
  11. Hi Donovan,

    Thanks for the great feedback! The switch on the float bridge is just switched manually. I may add a machine to it in the future, but so far it seems to function well just by hand.

    BTW, I’d love to see some pictures of your N scale slip switch!


    Comment by Tim — October 27, 2013 @ 8:54 am

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