Saturday, 15 September 2012

14 September 2012 - Operating session

Last night we held another ops session on the GC&SF.  Apart from a few very minor glitches, the session  ran very well.  We operated the fast clock (Stan's Fast Clock) at 5:1 ratio, and managed to run all but one train to schedule. I originally planned to operate only the morning session of the timetable, but things ran so well that we started on the afternoon session as well.

Although the GC already has a wireless DCC system, on the night we also trialled the use of WiThrottle coupled with both iPhones and Android phones for throttles. The guys who used smart phones for throttles seemed quite pleased with their performance, but whether they'll use them in preference to their dedicated Digitrax throttles has yet to be seen.

Barry running the local out of Ardmore. Here he is doing some switching at Dougherty:

Dennis is running the morning north-end local, and has just left Pauls Valley on his way to Davis:

Charlie is delivering some propane cars to the refinery at Wynnewood. We're not exactly sure why the rear of the train is in the siding at Martin Fertilizer:

Vic and John C are the yard crew at Pauls Valley. Here's Vic switching some cars at the elevator:

Brendan operating the yard at Ardmore using his iPhone:

Dennis (middle) was switching Davis when a stock extra (driven by Rod on the left) arrived from the south, and a passenger train (driven by John F) arrived from the north. As the stock train was a little too long for the siding, and the passenger train only just fitted, some careful maneuvering was required for the trains to pass. John is using his Android smart phone as a throttle.

John and Rod celebrate a job "well done".

Vic and John C switching cars at Pauls Valley:

Charlie has gone for beans, and Rod has just delivered his stock cars to stock pens at Pauls Valley.  Pauls Valley yard crewmen John and Vic smile for the rail fan with the camera.

John F is building the afternoon local prior to departure from Davis:

Greg switching the afternoon Ardmore local freight at Dougherty:

My thanks go to all who came over last night to run the layout last night, and make it one of our best sessions.

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