Sunday, 30 March 2014

Operation session for 29/03/2014

I held an operations session on Saturday night, 29th March. 16 Freight trains and several local switchers were run. Many thanks to all those who participated. Here are some photos from the ops night.

I used JMRI switchlists for the Local switchers. These worked OK, however I didn't get enough time to pre-set the railroad and some cars were out of place. The guys handled this in there stride.

Josh Clark, a junior is becoming an integral part of the operations team. It is very pleasing having a young lad involved in the hobby.

Thanks to those of you who participated!!!!

Tony And Josh are switching out a manifest train at Boardman, OR. 

Tony (acting Brakeman) is trying to identify the cars that need picking up whilst josh is the engineer.

Laurie is performing local switching duties on at Cheney, WA

Steve, is running an engine to Trent Ave to pick up a block of cars at Purina Chow plant. These are destined for Points south

Steve has grabbed a UP Engine from the engine service facility and is heading, "Light" to Trent Ave

East staging

An overview of Cheney. Cheney as a significant revenue provider for the RR's that service the industries. In the background is the Younkins Brewery. A provider of my favorite beers!

Merv is operating a through freight as it passes Boardman heading West

A BNSF Reefer is heading down grade west of Cheney. This won't belong before it enters Palous Canyon

Josh is at the helm of a BNSF Eastbound manifest. He is crossing Joso trestle a landmark on the layout.


The BNSF Manifest is pulling hard up the ruling grade on the UP / BNSF Joint line

Merv is in the hole, waiting for the BNSF Manifest to arrive on the main at cheney. Merv will then depart Cheney for Portland with a load of Limestone from the Cement west palnt

The BNSF manifest is all but entering Cheney territory

Josh the lead engineer on the BNSF manifest is at full track speed as he passes the UP limestone train (Full) in the passing siding at cheney

Tony is determining what requires switching

All the local switching at Cheney has been completed

A BNSF Eastbound loaded reefer train is leaving the Cherry plant at Boardman. It is currently holding on the siding whilst a UP Potash train heading back to Canada overtakes it.

The UP Potash empty going past "Lower Door"

Merv and Tony checking out the turnout locations in Walulla

Merv is in charge of switching duties in Walulla

A "Light" consist of engines heading westbound through Walulla

Josh is checking out what Merv is doing!

At the end of the session and everybody has gone, I took some overview photos. 

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