KCS 3rd Subdivision

  A joint project of Steve Davis, Tom Vanden Bosch, and the Tuesday Night Gandy Dancers.

Crew Positions on the KCS 3rd Sub.

Dispatcher.  Oversee/control all train movements over the 3rd sub, ,line routes and signals using CTC system, terminate trains upon completion, call crews as needed, coordinate w/ 2nd sub (north end) and 4th sub (south end) dispatchers, train Dispatcher Trainee  (if present) in proper dispatching procedures.

Dispatcher Trainee: Learn 3rd sub dispatching systems and procedures from a qualified dispatcher.  Handle dispatching duties under supervision of qualified dispatcher.  After successful completion, Trainees are qualified as Dispatchers on the 3rd sub.

Heavener Yardmaster.  Oversee all operations in the main yard on the 3rd sub, communicate with the dispatcher and other train crews, perform hostling and local switching duties as required.

Heavener Trim.  Make up outbound trains, assemble cuts for trains w/ pickups at Heavener.  (This is the easiest yard position on the 3rd Sub).

Heavener Drill.  Classify inbound cars, break down terminating trains, run Heavener local switch job (The more difficult position in Heavener).

Sallisaw Yardmaster.  This is a conductor/engineer/yardmaster combination job in the small mid-point yard in Sallisaw.  Lots of traffic with MP Interchange, KCS through trains, a local to assemble and breakdown, and a KCS local turn.  This is a good switching challenge and somewhat intense/busy job.  You have a #2 to help out.

Salllisaw Local/2nd.  Switch local Sallisaw industries, assist Sallisaw Yardmaster as needed.  This is a great position for someone who wants to learn Sallisaw. 

Quarry Job.  Work the St. Clair Lime Company Quarry, interchange with 3 KCS trains at Marble City.  Mostly dark/unsignalled territory.


The jobs below all involve running some mainline trains over the 3rd sub, plus a switch job.  Also, 2 of the main line trains (Super Dogs #77 and #78) have switching work over the sub.

Westville Dodger.  Often starts by running one through train over the 3rd sub, then report to Sallisaw to pick up this local turn.

Ft. Smith Dodger.  Start  with local Waldron Industry switching.  Report to Heavener, work Poteau, then work the branch line to Ft. Smith, turn at Ft. Smith and return.

Sallisaw Dodger.  After running through trains over the 3rd sub, mark up at Heavener, head north to switch Spiro and Sallisaw and return (turn at Sallisaw).

Waldron Dodger.  After running through trains over the 3rd sub, mark up at Heavener to head southeast down the Waldron Branch, switch Waldron (unsignalled "dark" territory).

The above Pool Jobs may run as 1 or 2-man crews depending on the number of operators signed up for a given session.  The Westville Dodger and Ft. Smith Dodger are generally considered the most challenging so we begin by adding conductor positions to those jobs.