I've been keen to get back into CC&WB operating sessions since COVID forced the suspension of services on the GC&SF, and I called a crew together last Tuesday for the layout's second operating session for this year.
It has been quite a while since some of the guys last operated on the GC&SF, so I intentionally ran the fast-clock much slower than we normally run it (3:1 ratio instead of 5:1 or 4:1). I had no reason for concern however, and the guys took to their jobs with skill and enthusiasm. We got much further through the time-table than I expected we would, and with very few problems.
Here are some photos from the session:
|Dennis is switching at the Bluebonnet Feed Mill, in Ardmore.|
|Bill and Rod switching at Wynnewood.|
|Chris and John C looked after the Pauls Valley yard.|
|Derek took care of the Ardmore yard.|
|Bill checking the paperwork as he and Rod switch Davis with the Pauls Valley local.|
|Dennis is about to set out empty gondolas, and collect loaded gondolas |
at Southern Rock Asphalt, Dougherty.
|John F is bringing a north-bound freight train (Train 38) onto the arrival/departure track |
at Ardmore, where it will set out some cars and collect others.
|Noel is returning to Ardmore with the Ardmore local freight.|
|The Ardmore local freight (Noel) has taken the siding at Gene Autry so that |
John's northbound freight (Train 38) can pass.
|Derek has cleared out almost all of the cars from Ardmore yard.|
|John F with Train 38 arriving at Wynnewood.|
|Rod and Bill switching at Wynnewood as Train 38 passes through town on the main track.|
|Derek (left) and me at Ardmore. Things were so relaxed due to the slow clock-speed that I even |
got to run some trains. Here I have just brought the SLSF freight train from Hugo into Ardmore.
|The Pauls Valley yard crew, John C and Chris, discussing car moves.|
|Dennis and Noel ran the afternoon Pauls Valley local freight. Dennis is switching at Wynnewood.|
|Noel and Dennis with the Pauls Valley local freight at Davis.|
I'll also post larger versions of these photos on my GC&SF Facebook page.
My thanks go to the guys who came over for making this a great session.