In the days leading up to the session I made some changes to the operating timetable, as foreshadowed in my previous post. The main change was to replace the Gainesville/Ardmore local freight with two separate trains:
(i) an Ardmore local freight that switches the towns between Ardmore and Dougherty, and
(ii) an extra that runs between Purcell, Ok and Gainesville, Tx (actually, north staging to south staging) switching the quarries at Dougherty and Big Canyon.
I also changed the way we operate the Lindsay and Ringling mixed locals, and the SLSF train that operates between Ardmore and Hugo, Ok. In the past these trains were run by the yard operators, in theory at least. In reality, the yard operators were usually too busy with other duties to run these trains. So I added them to the operating sequence so they can be run by the general pool of operators.
Here's the crew call board for the trains that we ran on the night:
The fast-clock was set at 5:1 ratio, which meant that the session would (or *should*) last just under 1 hour and 50 mins provided there were no unexpected delays.
Shortly after the trains started running we encountered the first problem for the night: I had inadvertently started the fast-clock at 3:00AM instead of 6:00AM. Du-Oh!
Greg volunteered to run the Ardmore yard. Here he is helping Barry to organise the Ardmore local freight. In the background, Dennis (on the left) and Peter (center) are getting ready to run Trains 38 and 6 respectively. Darren (right) is getting ready to run the SLSF freight from Hugo (staging).