Sunday, 20 May 2018

Operating session on Bill's Animas & Lobato Southern Railroad

Last Friday, Bill had the crew over for an operating session on his Sn3 Animas & Lobato Southern Railroad. Here are some photos that I took using my Oppo phone.

Thanks for having us over, Bill. The layout ran well, and I had a very enjoyable time.

Regards to all,

Saturday, 14 April 2018

A visit to John's Santa Fe Middle Division layout.

A few of us visited John C's Santa Fe Middle Division layout last night to do some test running. Since buying the layout from Rod John has reassembled it in a slightly different configuration that adds staging for the ATSF, and a branchline for the MoPac. The MoPac branch operates between a MoPac yard in Wichita and Belle Plaine, via trackage rights over a section of the SF mainline.

I operated the yard at Wichita (which was formerly the yard at Augusta).
Here, I'm operating the train on the rear-most track to spot three cars on an industry siding.

Paul and Rob operated the MoPac. In this photo they are assembling a local freight at a
small MoPac yard in Wichita, before making a run to Belle Plaine.

(L-R) Vic, Brendan and John C.  Brendan ran the yard at Oklahoma City (which was originally Flynn Yard.)

A general view of the yard at Wichita.

Vic operating a local freight from Wichita yard to Valley Center. Valley Center was previously Augusta East
(or was that Augusta West?) on the previous configuration.

Noel running a train between Oklahoma City and Wichita. The town in front of him
is Ponca City, and Red Rock is behind him.

Paul and Rob have run the MoPac local freight from Wichita to Belle Plaine (formerly Guthrie.)

Back at the Wichita yard again, John is explaining to Rob how to operate the transfer run between the MoPac
and the ATSF. The trackage on the bare plywood is the MoPac yard, and the tracks on the right are the Santa Fe.

Noel doing some switching at Red Rock.

Thanks for inviting us over John. The reconfigured layout has come together very nicely, and added some very interesting new operating concepts.


Friday, 30 March 2018

Operating session for 27 March 2018

The guys came over for an operating session last Tuesday. There were eight of us including me, which is one fewer operator than I think is optimum for a session, but we had only a couple of very minor glitches and I was even able to run a few trains myself (which does not happen very often.)

Here are some photos that I took (between running trains and answering questions), as well as a bunch taken by Chris.
Dennis gathering cars for the Davis - Pauls Valley local freight.

Graham with the northbound "Ranger" at Ardmore.

John F (operator at Pauls Valley) and Chris, preparing to work southbound freight #37 at Pauls Valley.

Dennis at Davis, with the Pauls Valley local freight 

John C. and Peter operating the yard at Ardmore.

The Pauls Valley local freight setting out cars at Wynnewood.
(Photo by Chris.)

Chris with train #37, setting out some cars at Pauls Valley.

Graham, with a trainload of empty gons which he will swap for loaded cars
at the quarries at Dougherty and Big Canyon.

Bill, with the Ardmore local freight. After switching a couple of cars the train will return to Ardmore.

Bill with the Ardmore local freight, switching some covered hoppers at Big Canyon quarry.
Because of the direction of the sidings it's best to switch Big Canyon on the return trip.

This is me preparing to swap empty tank-cars for loaded cars at the Wynnewood refinery.
(Photo by Chris.)

Me still switching the refinery. In the background, John F and Dennis are working the
Pauls Valley local freight. (Photo by Chris.)

My job is done. The empty tank cars are spotted at the refinery loading racks. (Photo by Chris.)

John F preparing the Pauls Valley local freight for its return journey.

Graham and Bill watching the action, as Dennis gets the local freight ready for departure. (Photo by Chris.)

Ardmore operators John C and Peter in the distance. Dougherty on the left, and Davis on the right.
(Photo by Chris.)

Bill running the southbound "Kansas Cityan" through Big Canyon. (Photo by Chris.)

Peter and John C. working the yard at Ardmore.

Chris preparing an afternoon local freight at Davis.

The job is a big one today.

Chris's local freight at Wynnewood, awaiting the call to proceed to Pauls Valley. (Photo by Chris.)

Dennis has the northbound gravel train at Dougherty. The loaded cars ahead of the caboose came
from Big Canyon. The empty cars in the train will be traded for loaded cars still at the crusher.

Graham, ... doing something.

Graham with the afternoon Ardmore local freight at Dougherty.

The Crew Call Board for the day, showing that we've run all the scheduled trains. That's something that
we don't achieve very often. I even managed to get my name on it four times, which is unheard of.

Thanks for coming over guys - I think it was a great day!

Thanks Chris, for allowing me to share your photos.