On Saturday 8th November 2014 I hosted my regular Operations session. I say regular in lieu of monthly as sometimes due to events out of my control we have to wait an extended period before I can hold an ops session. The Oct ops session was cancelled as I was OS visiting my good friends in the USA
Saturdays ops session began at 2pm. As it turned out it was a fairly layback session and proceedings never really commenced until about 2:30pm. There were 8 participants in all and I think everybody had a great time. The session was wrapped up with a sausage sizzle and drinks around 6:30pm.
As we are now heading into summer I will reflect upon an appropriate commencement time for the OPs. I think that it may be far to warm for sessions to be held in the afternoon and therefore we will revert to the late afternoon and night sessions for a few months.
Below are some snapshots of the ops session.
|Trev 2 and Mathew are all attentive and focused on switching tasks in Wallula|
|Trevor is studying the switch lists. This helps him determine the moves he needs to make|
|The west bound BNSF Manifest is ready to depart Wallula|
|Laurie and Stephen hamming it up!!!!|
|Stephen has switched the industries in Lakes Road and cleared the main just in time for a BNSF intermodal to makes its way eastbound|
|Stephen focus's his attention to the switching he needs to perform whilst Laurie guides a BNSF manifest past Empire Avenue and into staging|
|A westbound UP manifest train entering the single track between Wallula and Boardman|
|UP Manifest crossing Walla Walla Creek|
|UP Manifest drifting down grade near spiral|
|Still lots of switching to do at Wallula|
|Spiral! Who would have guessed|
|Trev2 is playing brakeman and uncoupling cars in Boardman|