Operating Session Aftermath
Locomotive Number CN 5501, BC Rail 4612 MU DA55
Container Train departed Staging yard southbound on outside main and traverse the layout five times.
It then enter the outside main passing siding and proceed to North end of the main Classification Yard.
Trainman Fred Adams was distracted by all the activity lost focus on his train resulting in him proceeding into the rear end of Caboose of Train 504. Brass on Brass sigh...He quickly brought his throttle to zero but the train kept moving. In a panic he looked to the stars for direction. Suddenly in dismay he looked down at his shoes and in the process discovered that his throttle was not plugged in.
After begging the investigators for his job they gave him a breathalyzer, shook their heads and allowed him to proceed. Arriving at the destination he disconnect the power then ran around his train. He pulled back to the Container Terminal and had to drop off all inbound container cars.
He then made a new train by picking up loaded double stacks.
Pick up DTTX 56028
Some of these were singles, tripples and five car sets. Only a few discussions were needed to explain this to a steam diesel transition modeller:)
Finally after holding up the CN local for 20 minutes (Stan you are patient) Fred backed the Train to the runaround track. Disconnect the power, ran around the train, reconnect and proceeded when clear, onto the outside main and traverse layout five times.
He then crossed over to the inside main and proceeded to the inside classification tracks and over to the staging yard.
This is only one of five trains that were working during this session. Go to the friday Night Group blog for further humourings by Mike Hamer.
This is a first blog video. Fred's Container train CN102. The sound of the locomotives are the natural metal gears in overland models. Sounds like dynamic brakes.
Now then there was Peter and Mike running that BNSF701 North to Canada. They had to take over twenty empties and sort them by colour. Red for the port mine and green for the starboard. They got local CN power to do the empties in and loads out at the two mines. They reformed a full train of Irish colours to quote Mike as he sang that famous folk ditty and took them back south BNSF702 to Montana. Only took them 2.5 hours. Well done the boats crew. Here is a video of the train they were running after they were fully loaded. The coal that is.... Fred's container train continued to provided entertainment on the outside main.
Have a great week