David signed up to host a layout tour on Saturday Sept 2nd 2017 for attendees of the 37th Narrow Gauge Convention, and broadened that invite for local model railroad clubs in Northern Colorado.
A&O friend Frolin from San Antonio tried last year on the same calendar days to visit the A&O, but was met with unanticipated trouble during the trip. He arranged to see the layout on Wednesday morning when convention registration was happening. Here we see him (right) with two of many others who joined him. David (left) came all the way from Australia for the convention! We have heard that there are between 1700 and perhaps as many as 2000 people registered! Yikes!
Eight other guests joined Frolin for a tour. Here we see congestion in the Kayford coal branch. This aisle is only wide enough for one at a time.
Here’s the photo line (or should we say video line?) watching a white covered hopper roll into the bowl of the A&O’s functional hump yard.
In still photos it is difficult to tell the difference between a car at rest in the bowl and one that is still rolling. Submitted for your approval, here is a really short video of one rolling down.
I’ll try to post more during the actual open house, although I will be busy helping guests with little time to shoot photos.