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    • November 17, 2018 12:31 AM EST
    • Andy Clarke said:
      John Le Forestier said:

      Nice!  What are those trees in the third last picture?

      John, those are Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees that Barber Jane has trimmed..   Jane says they are from being planted in 2007..

      Good job, Jane!  - Thanks, Andy!

    • November 16, 2018 10:04 PM EST
    • Aaron Loyet said:

      Wow, looks like a lot is changing again!

      Aaron, just a few minor additions...   

    • November 16, 2018 10:03 PM EST
    • John Le Forestier said:

      Nice!  What are those trees in the third last picture?

      John, those are Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees that Barber Jane has trimmed..   Jane says they are from being planted in 2007..

    • November 16, 2018 7:37 PM EST
    • Wow, looks like a lot is changing again!

    • November 16, 2018 5:41 PM EST
    • Nice!  What are those trees in the third last picture?

    • November 16, 2018 3:22 PM EST
    • Since Andy's freightshed is full, an account was created in Jane's name..

       

      Below are some pictures from the Ops session that didn't get posted previously.

       

      Pete's train in the switchbacks lumber/sawmill yard..

       

      Jane's shay on the switchback with Dale helping.

       

       

      Below are some general shots..  Ric and Matt having a conversation as the train departs Hadley Forest and heads towards Sparta..

       

      Tmark and Ric as train runs on EVWR trackage heading to Woodlawn..

       

       

       

      Train at the top is running the Hilltop Subdivision, and train at the bottom is running the Sparta Subdivision..

      Bridge without a train on it in the middle is EVWR tracks..

       

      And this is the last of the Oct Ops pictures..

       

       

    • October 19, 2018 9:19 PM EDT
    • Joe Zullo said:

      I just can not figure out how just you and Jane accomplished ALL this by yourselves. It's mind boggling!

      Joe, we moved into this house in 2005 and started the layout in 2006..  I always said it was a 10-year project, however, Jane always tried to make it a 2-year project...

      Legionaries disease in fall 2009, basically took me out of action for just about 2 years, and work has been slow since then..

      However, the original plan didn't actually have a narrow gauge logging switchback..  So, the New Memphis area and the power plant extension was completed last year for OPS..

      Saying that, I have met my 10-year plan...   The switchback logging setup was just gravy...   

       

      We have had help from friends and some club members over the years, so it has been more than just the 2 of us.

       

      And trust me, if Jane wasn't so involved with the layout, it wouldn't even be close to being workable...

       

    • October 19, 2018 2:46 PM EDT
    • Joe Zullo said:

      I just can not figure out how just you and Jane accomplished ALL this by yourselves. It's mind boggling!

      Even more so seeing it in person......................

    • October 19, 2018 1:00 PM EDT
    • I just can not figure out how just you and Jane accomplished ALL this by yourselves. It's mind boggling!

    • October 19, 2018 12:49 PM EDT
    • Below are some Shots of the Switchback..  We were only able to build 3 portions of the switchback by the Oct Ops..

       

      Shot is of the train on the 3rd section.

       

      Shot is of train at the end of the second section..

      Lower section can be seen and the logging yard with the shiny track between Pete and the golf cart.

       

       

      MCL-2 arriving at Okawville to work the elevator.

       

    • October 19, 2018 12:41 PM EDT
    • Below are a few more shots :

      Bruce and Ken contemplating switching moves at Overlook.

       

      Bruce and ken with a train on the Sparta Sub heading into Sparta then Bluefield.

       

      Jim and Sue running the coal train as It enters the Memphis Subdivision heading for the power plant south of Memphis.

       

      Coal train on the Power Plant loop.

       

      Crew working Overlook..

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • October 18, 2018 4:44 PM EDT
    • Matt Russell said:

      Awesome pictures!

      I can't believe I missed Andy in the layout! No golf cart, no tractor, and he's not inside! 

      Matt, it really wasn't me out there, it was a picture on a stick...      

    • October 18, 2018 3:36 PM EDT
    • Awesome pictures!

      I can't believe I missed Andy in the layout! No golf cart, no tractor, and he's not inside! 

    • October 18, 2018 9:18 AM EDT
    • It's an awful shame for me to have missed all this - and I'm still dealing with contractors and the usual foul-ups up here, running about a month late.  A trip to Andy and Jane's is still very much on my bucket list.  Way to go, Clarkes, for all the effort you two have put in.   Thanks Bruce for the pics.  Cheers, all!

    • November 15, 2018 4:16 PM EST
    • Thanks for posting all the cool pics of the sessions. Later RJD

    • October 23, 2018 7:52 AM EDT
    • Another great posting of a great railroad.  Good to see all the Guys and Gals.  Thank you Steve for posting the link.

    • October 22, 2018 12:54 PM EDT
    • ...even during, and after the last train of our operating season, completed its journey, a lot of our OVGRS/RP&M friends, were already sharing thoughts about "Next Year"...the plans for improvements, repairs, and modifications.  "Our Railroad", just like a real one, is NEVER finished. We nurture it, and allow it to stay alive, and thriving.

          Already people are starting to make improvements.  I was just handed new magnetic blocks for the dispatchers board, along with assurances that the schematic map is already on the drawing board for updating...only a little thing, but every "Little Thing" adds to next year's pleasures.

            Fred Mills

      Thank you, Alan, for asking. 

    • October 22, 2018 12:40 PM EDT
    • Alan;

         For most hobbyists, their hobby never actually stops, if it is a part of their lives.  The social part can continue, with get-togethers, and meetings of all sorts.

      A great number of the OVGRS gang, are also involved with interests in other scales, or areas of interest in Rail Transport, for example historical research, or photography.

        Some of us use the "Dark Days of Winter" as time to catch up on maintenance of equipment, for ourselves or others. Some take part in model railroad flea markets, shows, or even restoration of real railroad equipment.  One of our guys is involved in aeroplane restoration, and another in automobiles.  Then there are the ones who bury themselves in the basement, enjoying "N" Scale railroading. 

        The hobby of "Model Railroading" is, or can be more than just watching a train running in circles in the garden, although, that does bring pleasure to many.  The hobby has unlimited areas of interest worth investigating.

           As I mentioned at the start, the great people from all walks of life, you meet through the hobby, can contribute to a wonderful, educational, and motivating SOCIAL LIFE, that can continue, unaffected by the seasons of the year, or the weather, on any day.

        Fred Mills

    • October 22, 2018 7:51 AM EDT
    • Thanks to St. Luke, over in the Olde Country we are experiencing a lovely - and quite warm during the daytime - St. Luke's summer.  It is set to last another week, so train operating is on the timetable at some point during most days.  This coming week-end the clocks go back to UTC (GMT) so less daylight in the afternoons.  I have no winter projects - as far as the railroad is concerned - but I wonder what all you guys that meet up at Fred's during the summer have planned for the colder days and darker nights - solely in a railroading sense.