In fact, due to the number of guys I had I'd get to be on the crew for a change! Layout owners/hosts seldom have the chance to operate on their own railroad, so this was a special treat. But since the layout is so "scaleable" it was no problem. By that I mean, given my operating scheme, I can run the layout with as few as one or as many as 11-12 guys. All I had to do this time was forgo the mainline trains and one of the locals.
|1949 calendar used for the session - click on image for a larger view|
I decided on a 1949 session so I could rest the 278 and put the 0510 through its ESU/Full Throttle paces. Even more prototypically, in 1949 the lower Valley Line was served by the local coming from Cedar Hill Yard (New Haven). "New London" (staging) was/is out of service while I do some construction, so this worked out especially nice.
The session went smoothly, though I'm still trying to balance the work among the trains. The Air Line local (ably run solo by PeteL) was done much sooner than PDX-1 (Cedar Hill - East Haddam, crewed by MikeR and TomD), and HDX-7 The Valley Local (with RandyH as conductor and yours truly on the throttle) had its usual LARGE amount of work to do and took almost twice as long as the other trains. Of course, a 20 (twenty?!) car "local" will do that. And, if I was being true-to-prototype, there really wasn't that much traffic on the Valley Line by 1949.
And RS-2s weren't used on the line either. Nevertheless, there's New Haven RR DERS-2b #510 coming southbound into Rocky Hill. Good thing my modeler's license is up-to-date! I really wanted to try ESU's new "Drive Hold" feature and play with all the different features/sounds of the Loksound decoder, and assigning the 510 to the Valley Local was just the ticket. I had a blast running it!
|Valley Local at Rocky Hill, CT|
|Pete working the Air Line local at Somerset; Mike and Tom working PDX-1 at Essex.|
|PDX-1 at Old Saybrook, having returned from "up the river" and getting ready to continue its work east.|
With another session successfully ceased, we decided to let the 0510 take its now-22-car train on down from Hartford, south through Middletown, and over the Shailerville Bridge in Haddam. Thankfully, there was a railfan on hand to catch it...
Happy Weekend! Hope you're able to get to some model railroading - and if you do, tell us about it!