Lyon Valley Northern

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

FNGers Ops Session Spring 2010

Ten FNGers visited the LVN last Friday. My good friend Gilbert brought a new loader for my open pit mine. It looks at home and adds alot to the action.

You can see the new orange beast hard at work.

Here Ron and Chris are getting their Van for the local way freight.

With Van in hand they are now proceeding out of Richmond Looks like Chris and Ron are reading their train orders for the next move.

They have arrived at the first industry. The cement plant needs to be switched and then they will pick up their train wich is on the left in the photo.

Meanwhile Mike and Bob are starting to block their cars in the Richmond classification tracks.

Chris looks like he has all in hand while the RS18 pulls a string past him. The SD38-2 is on his throttle as they start tto work the cement plant.

The action continues.

Meanwhile a block of grain cars are being pulled through Hamer's curve.

Lots of operators are in the action here with the grain train, coal drag and mixed freight.

Now who is the happiest???? James, Ron or Chris???

At the other end of the yard you can see Jim with the SD90 Mac ready to switch the grain terminal. He has left his string of hoppers on one of the yard classification tracks.

Here Ron is switching the Glycol plant in Shelby.

Joel and James are giving the thumbs up as they pull a string of hoppers at the Port coal mine.

Here Dave is giving hand signals to Jim as they slow to stop. Nice to catch this delicate maneuver of joining the strings of hoppers.

Here Mike is closely watching the back truck of the RS18. He wants to clear the switch and there is not much room for error.

The grain train exiting Hamer's curve by Tower BX.

Joel is bringing his pair of SC70 Mac's to get the green hoppers for the STBD Coal mine.

Here he is switching out the mine.

fred giving us his favourite look as he brings a string of loaded Procor hoppers to be linked with Joel and James' train.

Here is James bringing the coal drag to the double crossover at the Port Mine.

With all the cars now on the train there are 42 loads. You can see Joel in the back indicating the end of the train. The orange hoppers are just exiting the curve in front of the farm on the back wall. James is shading his eyes as he looks all the way back

Here Ron and Chris are switching out the GE plant.

James is watching the switching action in Richmond as Mike uncouples and Bob drives.and

The wayfreight exits Hamer Curve as the coal drag on the yard lead is being split into the classification yard.

All in all it was a great operating session and it is time for us to sit back, have a beer and some cheese curds. Time to relax and tell stories about the two hour adventure on the LVN.


Blogger Scott Jay said...

Great post! I love to see model railroaders having fun playing (errr...) operating!

You've got a great looking layout, Chris!

Scott Jay
Bayside & Tidewater

3:13 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Thanks for the kind words Scott. The FNGers are a great bunch and we are lucky to have a number of layouts where we operate.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Wayne Woodland said...

Great post Chris. Sounds like a great time was had by all.Nice to see there is always something new on the LVN. Cheers.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Thanks Wayne. Still lots more to do.

8:20 PM  

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