After the massive clean-up and unboxing of some equipment for a most enjoyable open house held 9/28/13, I decided to unbox a lot more stuff and stage our first operating session. Even though not much mainline is completed, there is more than enough auxiliary trackage to provide lots of car movement and interesting switch jobs. Switch lists had to stand-in for car cards with waybills, which took some preparation, but got the job done.
Eight trains were “staged” (stacked) for sequencing into Millport’s yards for power/caboose removal and hump classification. Three Turns worked the A&O and NR&W tracks thru Willow Creek and Sobol Springs. International Paper got a full switch. The industrial area of Fillmore Heights had its sidings visited. And the 16th St. businesses, including Campbell’s Soup, was…served.
There were seven of us for this semi-historic occasion lasting most of Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. A lasagna at noon and a good time was had by all.
What was gleaned from this first, mini-ops?
2.0 is going to be a lot of fun.
It’s going to need lots of equipment
It has the potential to keep many folks busy
There is a learning curve for the tracks and their control panels
A hump yard classifies cars really fast vs. flat switching, but the big boys already figured that out
Like John Allen of old, a layout doesn’t have to have the mainline done in order to have a fun operating session.
Now it’s time to get back to the construction. We’re getting close.
Bob Sobol was the company photographer on Saturday and will add to this post photos and comments of the day. Thanks Bob.