On the morning of Saturday, March 30, David held an op session with a special invite to the “regular” members of John Parker’s operating group (David and I receive infrequent invites.) I was so busy that I only shot one photo.
Lee Ryan volunteered to sit in the Dispatcher’s chair. I sat with him as a mentor for the start of the session then left him to fly solo. That was a gutsy move on Lee’s part! He had never seen the layout before, but his experience dispatching other layouts “saved his bacon”. This was also the first time he dispatched using a train sheet without magnets or a computer display to keep track of train movements. That’s what dispatchers did in the 1960s.
In O scale the trains move twice as fast as in HO. Although David’s basement and layout are huge, everything comes at the dispatcher faster than in smaller scales.
By the end of the morning, Lee adeptly handled a record number of trains, 30 on the mainline. The photo was shot near the end of the op session, when mainline traffic quieted down. If I remember clearly, at one time he had 6 trains on the main.
Well done, Lee!