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    • October 22, 2019 11:22 PM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:


      Billy (Bruce) Joel making an appearance.... Which kid has the throttle ? Young man in the blue t-shirt ?


      The boy in blue usually had the camera taking pictures. Now the young lady was normally asking for clearance to get her train to her next stop. 


    • October 22, 2019 9:55 PM EDT
    • Awesome pictures Bruce and Jane! 

    • October 22, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

      Billy (Bruce) Joel making an appearance.... Which kid has the throttle ? Young man in the blue t-shirt ?


    • October 22, 2019 6:15 PM EDT
    • Is this a walk of shame? No golf cart ride after their run? 


    • October 22, 2019 4:41 PM EDT
    • And some more.....






    • October 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT
    • Some addition shots







    • October 22, 2019 11:51 AM EDT
    • Wow.  What a wonderful time! Great weather for the entire weekend, too!

      For us, it started Thursday morning as we departed Virginia for a night at Corydon, Indiana.   Fairly close by was "The Overlook Restaurant" with a GREAT view of the Ohio River.


      On Friday morning we continued our journey.   We had an extra long rest stop at the  Goshen Road Rest Stop Westbound just a few miles east of Mount Vernon.   Interesting place:


      We stop here each year to check out the birds.  Not very many this year, although we did see some Flickers, Blue Jays, and Chickadees.   But, it's a great place to just walk around for a bit.

      Pretty dry, this time around.



      Not too far from there we arrive at Andy and Jane's fabulous railroad. 

      I really need an extra wide angle lens to capture it all, but the camera really doesn't do it justice.  Come visit!

      Plus it's hard to remember to even take pictures - I was just having too much fun just walking around or running my locomotive.



      Inside, the yard continues to get better and better.   I love the Coca Cola plant with the photos inside...(looks much cooler in person!)



      And I can barely believe this backdrop!


      Saturday morning is the official start and we begin the day with a BIG breakfast over at "Little Nashville Restaurant", right next door to the Best Western Motel.   From there, it's a short drive down IL 127 to Andy & Jane's place.

      Another gorgeous day...and a gorgeous layout!

      So much to take in!

      I haven't done the switchback it's time.   The basic premise is to take all of the logging disconnects to the top, load them up with logs and bring them back down.   There's also a tourist train that goes up and back down as well.

      My engineer for today is Katy.   She's a good operator and runs the train at a very nice speed.   Best of all, she can help re-rail the train if it goes off. so I don't have to!




      Ben decides that he can assist by bringing up the tourists!


      Katy also helps set out some other cars...



      Some Rooster sent some cars to be run, so I decided that since my locomotive worked, it could take them for a tour...


      Here's the train entering Evansville...



      The extended forecast had predicted rain for Sunday, so naturally it was sunny and clear.    Again, breakfast at the Little Nashville Restaurant, then down IL 127 to the Bluestone Southern.

      Perhaps something different to start the day?   Sure, I'll start with my own version of the "Polar Express"!  Andy has some cars that I've been dying to run and he FINALLY lets me take them out.


      Katy is here again today, so I enlist her as my engineer.


      I want a nice long run, so head down the grade towards Woodlawn, the on to Memphis...

      Memphis seems to have moved since I was here last (it used to be right next to Evansville, but now it's down towards the power plant)


      Since Memphis has moved, it's time to run a train to that location!

      I also pick up the Mem-Blu instructions so I can run a round trip.  It's a LONG run!   We had down the grade towards Woodlawn.


      On the return, we pick up a passenger...(we already had Anthony, but the grasshopper became the MAIN attraction)


      A meet with the coal train...

      Of course, it's not all trains all the time.  There's food...and there's MORE food!   There's also a bit of time to sit and yak...

      Here, we have Ric, Hollywood, Ken, (and THE HAND of Mark)...



      Jean and I took a walk AROUND the layout.   I do believe it's the first time I have done it - as I usually am just running a train, so I am a bit more focused.   Wow, the layout is even MORE impressive.

      There are rumors of a pond in the future.   The white stakes mare the water level.  That's the power plant in the distance, with Memphis just beyond that.



      The "ditch" is just the result of erosion during the spring rains.  



      A closer view of the power plant loop with Memphis in the background.




      A view from the top of the switchback looking at Evansville...Overlook in the background


      A closer look at Evansville.



      Nashville...with Okraville on the left...

      Thanks to Andy and Jane for a wonderful time - and thanks to everyone else that showed to make this one of the fastest weekends EVER!   Just a great time!

    • October 22, 2019 8:19 AM EDT
    • We woke up to thunder and rain on Monday.  Absolutely couldn't believe how it all held off until after the weekend.  All the Ops Weekends on the BS are good, but there is no comparison to the Fall Ops in October.  Temps are perfect.  We even got to use the fire pit this weekend.  If there is someone that enjoys this part of the hobby and doesn't feel that a weekend like this isn't just about as good as it could get, they don't understand this part of the hobby of model railroading. 


      Great to see all the friends.  Thanks for putting up with us breaking in Bo.  And a big thanks to Andy and Jane for putting up with all of us and working so hard to make a weekend like this happen. 


      What fun, "Life is Good!"


    • October 22, 2019 7:59 AM EDT
    • As Ric is fond of saying, Life is Good! you are right there Ken

       Couldn't find a better way of expressing the weekend. I must have been right behind you Ken but my route kept me in a washout till around 10AM in Indiana. Stopped for dinner with my son to finish the weekend. Yep, life is good.

    • October 22, 2019 6:57 AM EDT
    • Couldn't have asked for a better weekend. Poured rain most of the way there on Thursday. Friday dawned clear and chilly, but we got a lot done on the RR getting it ready. Saturday the fun began, with sweat shirts and jackets in the morning and T-shirts in the afternoon. Ran an Amtrak train with a K-27 ( I think Hollywood has the pix ), then ran a set up to Evansville yard. The afternoon was spent switching out Overlook ( yea, Rooster the little guy behaved, not so sure about the bigger guy). 

      Sunday morning dawned the same way, with some cloud cover, but warmed up considerably. Switched out the Industrial park, then ran a couple of sweeper trains in the afternoon. After dinner we all bid each other fond farewells till the next time we all meet up. Great weekend and big Thank You to our gracious Hosts, Jane and the grumpy guy. 

      Left Nashville behind on Monday morning about 5 in a thunder storm and pouring rain till it cleared up past Evansville. Spent a few hours with a fellow Nam Vet outside Loiusville, then hit the road for home and got in about midnite last nite. 

      As Ric is fond of saying, Life is Good!

    • October 21, 2019 9:21 PM EDT
    •         While we were all working on the railroad some kind man repaired one of Joyce's broken knitting needles . She is VERY happy with the job, but doesn't know who it was .  Life is interesting !

    • October 21, 2019 8:01 PM EDT
    • Jane Clarke said:

      Will post a couple of teasers...

      ALl trains start from the Bluefield Yards, which is the bottom of the inside layout..


    • October 21, 2019 7:54 PM EDT
    • Jane Clarke said:

      Below Is Ken working the town of Overlook with his train crew..





      OMGRAM ......I'm disappointed mom ......You left the children unattended!

    • October 21, 2019 7:26 PM EDT
    • Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing Andy and Jane. Someday I might make my way there.

    • October 21, 2019 7:12 PM EDT
    • Great pictures. Thank you Jane!

    • October 21, 2019 6:49 PM EDT
    • Below Is Ken working the town of Overlook with his train crew..



      The following pictures are all of Freeman Spur being worked..  Pictures from different angles..





      The below picture shows the approach to Freeman Spur in the middle of the picture and the Memphis subdivision on the left.

      The coal train is returning to the coal marshaling yard..


    • October 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT
    • Mark working Evansville Yard..  yard work here includes working the covered hoppers into the rail/barge loading facility

      and servicing the Kroger grocery warehouse with refrigerated and other 50ft boxcars..   Additional work will be working

      centerbeam flats into the Ossipee Timber sawmill to put up finished wood products.



      Below is Ossipee TImber yard and mill in the lower right..  Sight seeing cars are for tourist runs...

      The individuals sitting in the chairs are in the center of the Rail/Barge loading loop..

      The crew with Ben in the red shirt is at Woodlawn, and behind them on the upper level is Overlook..


      This picture shows Buddy working the Industrial Park.  Train is currently on the Industrial park Main and siding tracks..



      Tmark Working Okawville Elevator..


    • October 21, 2019 6:28 PM EDT
    • Will post a couple of teasers...

      ALl trains start from the Bluefield Yards, which is the bottom of the inside layout..


      Below is the coal train and it's crew as it departs Woodlawn over the bridges..


      The coal train on the Memphis Sub as it passes by Freeman Spur on top of the cliff to the left..


      Train crew aligning switches before the coal train departs the power plant tracks to head back to the Coal marshaling Yard..



    • October 20, 2019 8:12 PM EDT
    • Welp, it's the end of another weekend in Clarketown with Jane and Andy Jones pouring all the koolaid!






      Wonder where everyone is ??




      This post has been edited by Rooster:   punctuation was incorrect.