I plan to get into the details of the new ops paperwork in a future post, so for now I'll just do a quick walkthrough...
|Long-time readers will recognize the "snacks" table from previous sessions - the snacks aren't out yet, but the operators' tools are: clipboards (for holding switchlists), skewers (for uncoupling), and aprons (for holding clipboards, skewers, etc)|
|You also may recognize the Bulletin Board from previous posts - with the addition of track maps for the entire railroad, all the better to aid the Agent/Operator|
|New operator William (left) was paired with now-veteran operator Joseph on the Air Line Local. They're switching Mill Hollow prior to heading to Middletown.|
|Veteran operators (and oft-helpers) Roman and Pete operate a VERY long Valley Local southbound through Rocky Hill on the way to the Middletown meet with the Air Line Local.|
|It all converges in Middletown where the two lines cross and the two locals meet to exchange cars. Looks like William is getting a little stressed.|
|But despite the stress, there are smiles all around. Except for Pete, apparently, who is still trying to figure out how to stuff 10 pounds of cars in a 5 pound bucket.|
|Nice (and repeated) view of the Valley Local in Middletown with the rear of the Air Line Local in the yard.|
|Not-so-great shot of the Air Line Local's engine (NH R-1 #3304) just south of the Middletown diamond. The Air Line comes in from the west (through the wall). Prototype photo of the scene attached to the wall.|
Already looking forward to the next session which, as motivated as I've been lately to work on the layout, should only be a matter of weeks (rather than months) away!