I love those ABBA FT and F7 sets!
|Athearn ice reefer in centre, Intermountain 40' ice reefer to the left, and Atlas PS-1 boxcar to the right.|
|Intermountain 40' ice reefer to the left, Athearn 50' ice reefer to the right.|
The Intermountain car has MTL trucks and the Athearn car has Athearn Accumates.
|Comparison of models of ATSF ice refrigerator cars. Intermountain 40' reefer on the left, |
and Athearn 50' reefer on the right. Both cars now have MTL trucks installed.
|John F operated the Ardmore yard. He left his glasses at home, and borrowed a pair of mine. They worked, .. sort of.|
|Chris is building the Davis to Pauls Valley local freight at Davis.|
|Bill has a north-bound passenger train approaching Big Canyon.|
|Chris has the local freight holding on the siding at Wynnewood while he plans his switching moves. |
Rod is rolling through the town with a through-freight.
|Darren has the Ardmore local freight. Here he is switching cars at Gene Autry.|
The tracks under Darren's hand are the South Staging tracks, and the continuous run connection.
|Dennis has the southbound gravel train which will exchange its empty gons for loaded gons |
at Dougherty and Big Canyon.
|Pauls Valley Yardmaster John C is sorting cars while he has a break from arriving trains.|
|Rod and Peter are preparing to cut cars out from their south-bound fast freight at Ardmore, |
as Yardmaster John F. determines which cars are to be added.
|Chris is picking up cars at Wynnewood. The local is a long train today.|
|The gravel train has arrived at Dougherty, where Dennis has to do some set-outs and pick-ups.|
But first, he will have to split the train to make room for the local freight when it arrives.
|Just on cue, here's Darren with the local freight.|
|The Davis - Pauls Valley local has arrived at Pauls Valley, |
and Chris has cut off the locos to ready them for the return trip to Davis.
|Dennis has pulled a cut of loaded gondolas from the Dolese siding, |
and is now pushing in a cut of empties for loading.
|Here, Darren has the south-bound refinery extra. He's preparing to pull a cut of loaded LPG cars |
from the refinery at Wynnewood before swapping them for empties.
|Yardmaster John at Ardmore yard.|
|Peter and Rod, with the north-bound livestock express rounding the |
big curve between Davis and Wynnewood.
|The south-bound Kansas Cityan at Davis, with Chris at the controls.|
|Much later in the day, and Rod and Peter are at Dougherty doing some switching with the afternoon |
Ardmore local freight, while Darren prepares to collect some loaded gons with the north-bound gravel train.
|Train 15, The Texas Chief heads towards Davis with Bill at the controls.|
|Dennis has the afternoon Davis - Pauls Valley local freight, and once again it's a long train.|
|Bill is receiving his orders for his next assignment. The sheet to the right of the clip holding the train orders |
is the crew call board, with the trains listed in their order of departure. Above the call board are the train graphs
from which I derived the timetable.
|This photo shows the warehouse as viewed from the aisle. Viewed from this angle, |
the rest of the airbase would be located behind and to the right of the warehouse
|This photo, and the next one, were taken from a higher elevation to better show |
the building and 'concrete' surface.
|I've added some freight cars to show the overall size.|
|Rod with the Ardmore local, doing some switching at the Ardmore Air Base just north of Gene Autry.|
|Peter has brought the Frisco (SLSF) local into Ardmore, and is now doing a run-around move|
to get to the other end of the train.
|Chris preparing to exchange empty cars for loaded gons at the Southern Rock Asphalt plant at Dougherty.|
|Bill with the Pauls Valley local at Pauls Valley. The monitor in the background|
shows the North-end Staging yard tracks.
|Dennis is taking Train 38 (a northbound fast freight) through Dougherty, where|
Chris is still at work swapping empties for loads.
|Chris and the gravel train have now moved to Big Canyon where they'll do some more switching.|
|Graham and the southbound tank-car train are passing through Davis.|
|Bill and Brendan watch as Rod sets out stock cars at the Pauls Valley stock yards.|
|Hmmm .... (I have no idea what Peter is thinking.)|
|The locos on the northbound Chicagoan have just separated because somebody (I wonder who, Graham) |
forgot to line the turnout for the mainline after using it.
|Bill, Peter and Rod taking an unauthorised break!|
|Brendan and a very tidy yard at Pauls Valley.|
|The front gons on the gravel train derailed on the turnouts at Dougherty. I'll have to do some testing, |
but we suspect that the derailment happened because the empty cars at the front of the train are
very light compared to the loaded cars at the rear of the train (just out of the picture).
|Graham is waiting for the northbound tank-car train to pass through Davis so he can finish |
building the Pauls Valley local freight.
|Pauls Valley has two GP7s assigned to it, and Brendan has MU'd them together. Here he is using the pair|
to add cars to a northbound fast freight.
|Graham doing some switching with the Pauls Valley local, at Davis.|
|Chris, with the tank-car train arriving at Wynnewood.|
|Chris cutting off the way-car and buffer car, before spotting six empty LPG tank-cars at the refinery |
for loading. He has already moved six loaded cars to an auxiliary track to make room for the empties.
|Bill preparing the morning Pauls Valley local freight (which actually starts from Davis.)|
|Brendan switching the head end of Train 40 (a northbound fast freight) while I add cars to the rear end.|
|Graham with the afternoon Pauls Valley local freight, at Wynnewood.|
|Extra 172 North (the tank-car train) holding in the siding at Davis so that Train 40 can overtake it.|
I love my MTL FTs!
|Three Santa Fe box cars sitting on the siding at Ardmore Construction. During the '50s there were several|
building supply businesses in Ardmore, and Ardmore Construction is just a generic representation
of those industries. The buildings are temporary stand-ins (albeit very old stand-ins.)
|The starting line-up at South Staging. L-R: Train 5 (The Ranger), Train 40 (a morning fast freight), |
Train 16 (The Texas Chief), X2856N (the livestock extra) and Train 40 (an afternoon fast freight.)
|Stillwater Milling at Davis. The H16-44s will soon be called to work on the Pauls Valley local freight.|
|Another shot of the FTs at the head of the tank-car train, at Davis.|
|The Pauls Valley local freight at Wynnewood, where it is about to do some switching.|