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    • October 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT
    • What a great time!  “Trains” and towns have moved around the layout, so, things have “changed”, but today the weather was really good so it was great to renew old friendships and run new trains!  Well worth the long drive to experience this.

       

    • October 19, 2019 5:34 PM EDT
    • As Ric stated; "It all starts on (Friday, October 18th)"....

          I hope all is going well, and Andy is behaving himself, and smiling WITH everyone...

      A great amount of labour and care has gone into that railroad, so that everyone can have great fun operating it with Jane, and Andy.

           I know for sure, that there are many of us, who can't be there; will enjoy pictures of the event, and a picture of Andy, smiling and proud; of what he, and Jane are sharing with their friends.    We all will be greatly appreciative of the pictures, when they can be posted.

        Fred Mills

    • October 17, 2019 9:44 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:
      Andy Clarke said:

      Just a ""heads up"" for anyone driving down to the house from Interstate 64:

       

      They have been working on the road from Washington State Park entrance to the county line, just south of me.

      Those 5 miles have been Stripped and the drive lanes have already been resurfaced..   They are currently

      paving the emergency lanes..  The may be doing this on Friday..  Where they are working is a one-lane road, 

      with flaggers directing traffic..   be careful..

      Wouldn't that be just about EVERYBODY?   Is there a secret way to your house?   (Hey, how's the helipad coming along?)

      Not for folks coming from the south...            

       

    • October 17, 2019 1:24 PM EDT
    •     Since Andy is having weather in the high 60's on Saturday and the 70's on Sunday it will be a GREAT weekend !   Joyce and I will both be there. 

    • October 16, 2019 5:33 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:

      Just a ""heads up"" for anyone driving down to the house from Interstate 64:

       

      They have been working on the road from Washington State Park entrance to the county line, just south of me.

      Those 5 miles have been Stripped and the drive lanes have already been resurfaced..   They are currently

      paving the emergency lanes..  The may be doing this on Friday..  Where they are working is a one-lane road, 

      with flaggers directing traffic..   be careful..

      Wouldn't that be just about EVERYBODY?   Is there a secret way to your house?   (Hey, how's the helipad coming along?)

    • October 15, 2019 2:59 PM EDT
    • Just a ""heads up"" for anyone driving down to the house from Interstate 64:

       

      They have been working on the road from Washington State Park entrance to the county line, just south of me.

      Those 5 miles have been Stripped and the drive lanes have already been resurfaced..   They are currently

      paving the emergency lanes..  The may be doing this on Friday..  Where they are working is a one-lane road, 

      with flaggers directing traffic..   be careful..

    • October 11, 2019 10:38 AM EDT
    • In one week it all begins.  We've got cooler temps and rain, today.  Long range forecast says 71 degrees for a high and partly cloudy.  Sounds perfect.

    • October 7, 2019 8:34 AM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:
      Ken Brunt said:

      Reservations are made. I almost had to put up with Rooster on the way out, but he chickened out, but he does have some stuff he wants me to deliver. 

      Way to go big mouth .....all you had to do was deliver then light the paper bag and walk away ....but NO you had to mouth off so everyone knows now!

       

       

      Rooster: recalculates and rethinks because of big mouth

       

      He changed his mind about that too. Hollywood's delivering the stuff...............

    • October 7, 2019 8:25 AM EDT
    • Less than two weeks to go.  Weather in the area has greatly improved and its time to get things prepared.  Things will start happening on Friday the 18th.

    • September 26, 2019 8:27 PM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Reservations are made. I almost had to put up with Rooster on the way out, but he chickened out, but he does have some stuff he wants me to deliver. 

      Way to go big mouth .....all you had to do was deliver then light the paper bag and walk away ....but NO you had to mouth off so everyone knows now!

       

       

      Rooster: recalculates and rethinks because of big mouth

       

    • September 26, 2019 1:25 PM EDT
    • I'll be there, and I'm bringing the former CIGRS prez with me. He's a Norseman named "Ole"

    • September 24, 2019 4:42 PM EDT
    • YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got my gold invite in the mail today. 

         David Marscroni,

             According to a recent study you applied for free testing on your fecal brain matter. We would like to let you know that after 37 others have backed out on the same offer your name made the top of our list. Please arrive on Friday October 18, 2019 in Nashville Illinois for final screening and operations prep. A Mr. Andy Clarke will make sure you receive only the best of pre op care.

       Remember any success in this operation is purely accidental.

      Regards from all those who care.

       

       

      So you can see i'll be there

    • October 6, 2019 12:17 PM EDT
    • Thank you all, for the pictures. They are appreciated.

       Say hello, sometime, Andy....!!

         Fred

    • September 29, 2019 2:04 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      Andy, Are you going to be having ops  close to the convention in the “other” Nashville next year? 

      Pete as of right now, we are planning an Ops session here after the convention on 6-7 June 2020..

    • September 29, 2019 12:06 PM EDT
    • Andy, Are you going to be having ops  close to the convention in the “other” Nashville next year? 

    • September 28, 2019 3:44 PM EDT
    • GOOD PICTURES!  yes, the humility was high.

    • September 28, 2019 3:35 PM EDT
    • The Unit Coal train as it departs Bluefield on the Sparta Sub passing thru Sparta heading for the power plant

      at Memphis..

       

      Coal train as it departs Sparta, passing thru Hadley Park heading towards Woodlawn.

       

      Unit coal train as it returns from the power plant entering the Y bridge and Bluefield to get back to

      the Coal marshalling Yard.

       

      Below is a ""pick-up"" train as it departs Woodlawn heading back to the Bluefield yards..

       

      Was a nice weekend, cept for the humidity.. An enjoyable few days with friends, trains and food.. 

    • September 28, 2019 3:27 PM EDT
    • Below is Ric working the town of Freeman Spur.

      After working Freeman Spur, the Local is departing and running the Sparta Subdivision to go back

      to the Bluefield Yards..

       

      The Freeman Spur Local as it passes the town of Sparta, getting ready to enter the single track to go

      across the Y bridge and enter Bluefield..

      Tmark with train MCL-1as it departed Woodlawn and is heading on EVWR trackage towards Nashville.

       

       

    • September 28, 2019 3:20 PM EDT
    • Below is an overall look towards the town of Overlook from Bluefield..  The double bridge in the center is

      the Hilltop Subdivision..

      The 2 bridges one on the left and the other on the right is Evansville Westen trackage..

       

       

      In the following 3 pictures, Tmark and Jan at Overlook as the local is working..

       

       

       

      Below is a shot of a set of engines running light as they return from completing a ""set-up"" train..

      If you notice the "Y" track at the engines, the track to the left goes to the Hilltop Sub, while the track

      to the right goes to the Sparta Subdivision..

      At the beginning of each operation weekend, ""Set-up"" trains are run to set up the various locations

      with the freight cars required at each location..  Cars are not hauled and setup by hand..

       

       

    • September 28, 2019 3:07 PM EDT
    • Below are some pictures from the Sept Ops:

      The basement is the freight yard for outside operations..  Below is Jan, my Yardmaster with

      an Industrial Park Local ready to depart the yard..  The bottom tracks are the Yard tracks..

      The upper tracks are the inside layout, which is not run during Ops weekends..

       

      Below is the BLU-EVA mixed freight working Jane's Milling and BJ's Coop Elevator in Bluefield.

       

      With all Bluefield's work completed, BLU-EVA is heading South out of Bluefield across the bridge on the

      Hilltop Subdivision..

       

      After passing the town of Overlook on the Hilltop Sub, BLU-EVA is entering the single track across

      the river just before arriving at Evansville..

       

      BLU-EVA as it arrives at Evansville..