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    • June 26, 2019 7:10 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the invite Bruce. 

      Unfortunately I ran into the same crap heading home.

      But it was fun working on another RR for a change. 

      Anytime you want to run again just ask. 

    • June 26, 2019 3:22 PM EDT
    •    Oh, oh, all that track maintenance...just like a real 1:1 railroad!




    • June 26, 2019 3:12 PM EDT
    • Wow.   It's been a LONG time since I hosted any sort of operations session.    Ken came down today, but I do believe that it will be harder to get him back.   He ran into our usual "traffic" in the area - an accident on the beltway prevented him from getting to my house at a reasonable hour.

      Of course, it DID give me time to set everything out...

      Early Wednesday morning and it's already HOT and HUMID, but the cars are set out, ready to depart from Green Springs Yard.


      I only plan to run one train today, but there IS a second ready to go on the staging track...

      To be honest, it's not really my "typical" ops session.   It's been a long time, so I told Ken that maybe it would be a fix and run type of session...Run a train for a bit, but fix problems as we discover them....


      Well, it didn't take long for a problem to appear!   The train was derailing in the yard...and we eventually discovered that a joiner was broken....except on closer examination, the RAIL had also broken.   So, time to replace the track!  Well, one thing led to another - it had broken on a curve...we COULD have replaced a section of track and had multiple sections in that spot, but I remembered I had a 6 foot section of rail in the garage....except it was from Bob's old layout and he had replaced it because the ties had NOT held up to the UV and were all faded and brittle.   BUT, I had purchased a BOX of new tie sections....   Yeah, so we replaced the ties and eventually got a much larger section replaced...but the ops sort of went downhill from there...

      Couplers were BAD, track was bad...

      But we kept going!

      And we discovered that squirrels LOVE to EAT the TenMille ground throws...making them rather ineffective for changing the train direction

      AND the heat and humidity just didn't encourage working outside today.

      But, I think a LOT was done, but only in the sense that there's a LOT more to do!

      But, it was great seeing Ken again so all is good!   I just hope he can come down again - but maybe in the fall when it's a LOT cooler and I have done a LOT more work.




    • June 17, 2019 9:06 AM EDT
    • My crew will work once in a while...

    • June 16, 2019 10:35 AM EDT
    • Some of my Motley Crue heading out to service a water tower. "Joe and Tony"


    • June 16, 2019 6:59 AM EDT
    •     And this guy's been on a coffee break for about a week...


      John, that must be some darn good coffee.

    • June 15, 2019 6:10 PM EDT
    •     It appears to me that the first stop might have been the bar and Thomas had a few too many.


         Send him to your human resources/employee assistance department.



    • June 15, 2019 5:57 PM EDT



      The track gang passing Washington St station stop to the excitement of the local residents.









      Back in the day ...headed out and preparing for the install of the new double track bridge

    • June 15, 2019 3:13 PM EDT
    •    My guys like to talk a lot...paid by the hour.





          And this guy's been on a coffee break for about a week...





    • June 15, 2019 11:49 AM EDT



      Here is mine, back when I had an operational layout.  They got the neighbors tree that fell cleared off the tracks.  I need to get them to work on the new layout...

    • June 15, 2019 9:51 AM EDT
    • The poster is the track crüe

    • June 15, 2019 8:04 AM EDT
    • Mine's on vacation....................

    • June 15, 2019 6:23 AM EDT
    • that would be Alt plus 129.

      but as far, as i know, it's a french word. "Crú".

    • June 14, 2019 8:35 PM EDT
    • The title states it all .......cannot find an umlaut for the U  but would be nice to stay on topic as recommended.


      I'll start with my track crue .





    • June 17, 2019 9:02 AM EDT
    • The gardens have filled in nicely...Jane...

    • June 4, 2019 11:06 AM EDT
    • Thanks, Jane.

    • June 4, 2019 10:42 AM EDT
    • Freeman Spur local departing from Bluefield.



      Freeman Spur local as it crosses the bridge departing Woodlawn.



      In the foreground is the Freeman Spur local working The industries at Freeman Spur..

      In the background is the unit coal train entering the Memphis yards on the way to the power plant.

      Matt (my video crew) was doing double duty.. Filming and operating the Coal train..



      The below picture is the top of the switchback.



      Ossipee Timber shay running the switchback hauling logs down to the sawmill..





    • June 4, 2019 10:34 AM EDT
    • Overlook local on the Hilltop Subdivision, heading to Overlook to work there.



      Overlook industries being worked by the Overlook Local.



      Overlook local working Overlook on another day..



      Switcher setting up the Bluefield industries..



      Traffic on the Sparta Subdivision..  Blu-Mem refrigerator train heading south to Memphis and a pair

      of dead-head loco's heading back to Bluefield yards.




    • June 4, 2019 10:25 AM EDT
    • MCL-2 set-up train setting out the boxcars at the Sparta siding..


      After MCL-2 hooked back up to the train after setting out the cars at Sparta, it proceeded thru Hadley Forest.

      The below picture was taken as it leaves Hadley Forest.


      MCL-2 passing under the upper tracks located around Ashley station on the upper tracks.

      The train is on the lower tracks, heading towards Woodlawn..



      MCL-2 at Woodlawn..


      MCL-2 as it has crossed the diamond with the Bluestone Southern Mainline and heading on to Nashville.



      MCL-2 as it is passing the Nashville Elevator still heading on out to Okawville.



      MCL-2 set-up train as it arrives at Okawville..





    • June 4, 2019 10:23 AM EDT
    • Great pictures!!!