From left to right: Brendan, John F, Rod, Vic, John C, Dennis, Ron (me), Charlie, Greg, Noel, Darren and Bill. The Sn3 scale loco on the table belongs to Bill, who has a fabulous narrow gauge layout.
All in all, the session went very well, although not without a few annoying problems most of which stemmed from oversights on my part. The guys have learnt to operate the layout very well and with minimal intervention from the roving dispatcher (that would be me).
We started the schedule with the 'afternoon' half of my operating timetable (from 3:00pm to midnight), but as things went so well, when we got to the end we kicked over to the 'morning' section (6:00am to 2:59pm). Here are some photos of the action.
I bet John F had another T-shirt to change into before he got home.
Errm ... there's something wrong with this, guys - these two trains aren't supposed to cross at Ardmore.
Greg and Rod ran the afternoon Gainesville/Ardmore local freight. Here they are finalising their moves at Dougherty before returning to the south:
John C (operator at Pauls Valley) and Bill are confering about a train that Bill is about to operate:
Dennis ran the Pauls Valley - Davis local, and is switching the Kerr McGee refinery at Wynnewood in this photo. In the background, Noel is waiting for the scheduled departure time for his train (a southbound livestock extra).
Bill is driving the southbound "Ranger" at Wynnewood.
In this photo, Bill and Rod have teamed up to run the SLSF mixed local from Hugo to Ardmore.
Greg, Brendan and Darren are in the background.
Later in the evening we had completed the 'afternoon' half of my operating timetable, and as things were going so well we advanced to the 'morning' session. One of the nice things about CC&WB operation is that you can do this with almost no preparation.
Here Darren is switching cars at Big Canyon, for the morning Ardmore local freight.
For quite some time now I've been receiving nagging emails from Vistaprint inviting me to buy some of their promotional products. I finally cracked a few weeks back, and bought some mugs with my Gulflines emblem printed on them. They turned out a lot nicer than I was expecting. In this photo our two lovely models are demonstrating the mug...
Thanks for coming over guys. I had a great night, and I hope you did as well.