The original concept was that Mount Union was an Appalachian & Ohio town. The Norfolk & Western and the Antioc & Dover enter and join (from staging) at south (right side) of town using track originally designed and built for the Antioc & Dover interchange. The new concept is that Mount Union is an Antioc & Dover town with the Antioc & Dover entering the scene from the north (left side) of town, passing underneath an Appalachian & Ohio’s bridge and gaining elevation through town before joining at south end of the Appalachian & Ohio passing track. The Norfolk & Western interchanges with the Antioc & Dover at south Mount Union. The Antioc & Dover interchanges with the Appalachian & Ohio further south at Ricksburg Yard reached via trackage rights.
- Antioc & Dover and Appalachian & Ohio share depot.
- Rail served industries must include a lumberyard; two cars, an oil dealer; three cars, a pulpwood load out; 3 to 4 cars, and a large rail served structure to hide hidden drill track.
- Existing Appalachian & Ohio main and siding track and signaling is un-changed.
- No interference with existing built-out CTC.
- Increased Norfolk & Western interchange “play value”.
- Increased footprint for the Antioc & Dover identity; enhances story telling.
- Cleans up local switching at Mount Union to ease CTC control; eliminating local switching interference with the Appalachian & Ohio main and siding tracks.
Back-story could be that Antioc & Dover abandoned track further south of Mount Union after corporate alignment with Appalachian & Ohio in late 1950s. Old Antioc & Dover main stub south of town is now a pulpwood load out. Antioc & Dover track is lighter rail (code 100) and maintained to branch standards. Antioc & Dover is trainorder controlled with trainorder operator at Mount Union station complete with order board on Antioc & Dover side of depot. Mount Union is the terminus for Antioc & Dover control and trainorder are issued for all movements north (timetable west) of depot. Antioc & Dover trackage between depot and south to Appalachian & Ohio is under yard limit (rule 93) restriction. Appalachian & Ohio dispatcher controls CTC siding including Antioc & Dover interchange switch.