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    • November 8, 2017 3:15 PM EST
    • I guess I can safely say that operations are over on the IPP&W for the year. Everyone keeps telling me that it has been a GREAT year. We did have 20 full operations, and everyone is itching to start anew this coming May.

          The Winter will truely start any week now, and already plans and suggestions are coming in. Doug has started looking at the other program, to replace RailOps, if we have any problems...just as a back-up, at this stage. Several new sidings seem to be in the works, and car maintenance is getting started.

        We look forward to sharing our operating days with everyone interested, in the coming year, so if Steve, Mike, Bernie, Chris, and many others, keep taking great pictures, this thread should be back here in 2018.

            If you care to visit, please feel welcome.

        Fred Mills

    • October 25, 2017 12:10 PM EDT
    • Interesting!

    • October 25, 2017 8:48 AM EDT
    • Cool.   I always wondered what was done for winter.   Now I know. 

      I sure hope Lawrence survived the rope attack.

    • October 24, 2017 10:57 PM EDT
    • The weather has turned just fabulous lately but we all know what's to come here in the north time to put everything to bed. We've enjoyed a great season of operating thanks to Fred so here's Mike's blog covering the season's closing. But who knows there may still be opportunities to run trains yet. http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2017/10/closing-up-railroad-for-winter.html

    • October 19, 2017 12:07 PM EDT
    • Duplicate to above photo.

       

    • October 19, 2017 12:05 PM EDT
    • Yes, it does show up, but the photo IS a bit out of date - I'm sure Ric will get us a better picture "soon".    Missing are Freeman Spur, Memphis and the Power Plant, although you can see where Freeman Spur will be located.

      Large layout is a bit of an understatement.

    • October 19, 2017 7:28 AM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      I would love to see a drone or overhead picture of that massive layout. and I would love to come see it in person one of these days

       

      Working on that, but everyone know my "learning curve" is steep and has many switchbacks.  The BS does show up on Google Earth.  Search on Nashville, Illinois and go south down Illinois 127.  Government spy satellites have been taking regular update photos.  Not sure the reason, but I have opinions about the logic.

    • October 18, 2017 10:30 PM EDT
    • I would love to see a drone or overhead picture of that massive layout. and I would love to come see it in person one of these days

       

    • October 19, 2017 7:11 AM EDT
    • "Joe, it is the ""people"" that make the Ops sessions great... The weather on Sunday kinda blew all the ""normal"" operations, but folks still stayed and chatted and ran what would not get blown over by the high winds... Any Ops session does not to be a huge thing/layout for folks to have a great time, the people are what makes it a great time... "

      What AndyC said, I agree, but please don't tell him, I agree.

    • October 18, 2017 10:21 PM EDT
    • Looks like" You missed The &*$%#&ing turn, we are supposed to be going Thatta way!!!!

    • October 18, 2017 7:46 PM EDT
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      I still would like to have had a video of what Ken was saying in that picture. However it probably would probably be "NWS" (not work safe) and full of language my mother would have disapproved of which makes it even better!

    • October 18, 2017 12:35 PM EDT
    • Joe Paonessa said:

       I had a great time at York a few times back because of the talk we had. I think people like Ken can make all the difference. So when a meet takes place and so many great modelers are involved, it becomes an event to remember.

      I wish I was there! The pics make it feel closer.

      Joe, it is the ""people"" that make the Ops sessions great...  The weather on Sunday kinda blew all the ""normal"" operations, but folks still stayed and chatted and ran what would not get blown over by the high winds...  Any Ops session does not to be a huge thing/layout for folks to have a great time, the people are what makes it a great time...     

    • October 18, 2017 12:24 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      The "concrete ties" are a great addition that AndyC has done to distinguish the mainline.  Looks and works great!  I want to adopt this idea to distinguish different tracks.  It can also be done with different colored ballast.  Just a great idea.  AndyC is painting all the outside ties to give some UV protection.   Especially this seems necessary with the "American Profile Ties"

      Prior to staining my stainless rails I painted my ties in various colors to denote ownership and grade of service. The SP got the black ties, while the V & TW settled for a second wash of creosote that was painted Camo brown (a rich dark chocolate brown) and old service ties were faded etc... I have a section that was 'rebuilt' after the earthquake and the ties help tell that story.

      My 10 yo ties were getting brittle and the paint 'saves' them.

    • October 18, 2017 10:34 AM EDT
    •  I had a great time at York a few times back because of the talk we had. I think people like Ken can make all the difference. So when a meet takes place and so many great modelers are involved, it becomes an event to remember.

      I wish I was there! The pics make it feel closer.

    • October 18, 2017 9:04 AM EDT
    • Joe Paonessa said:

      Thanks to all for the pics. I love to see this RR. It has all the things going on that I like. I sure wish I lived closer!

      Like Bruce, I wish Andy lived closer instead of out in the middle of nowhere.......... The hospitality and the food alone is well worth the trip. We only ran trains on Saturday due to the weather, but Friday afternoon was spent getting reacquainted with the railroad and getting it "polished up" for the ops session. I had a great time. 

    • October 18, 2017 8:10 AM EDT
    • The "concrete ties" are a great addition that AndyC has done to distinguish the mainline.  Looks and works great!  I want to adopt this idea to distinguish different tracks.  It can also be done with different colored ballast.  Just a great idea.  AndyC is painting all the outside ties to give some UV protection.   Especially this seems necessary with the "American Profile Ties"

    • October 18, 2017 1:28 AM EDT
    • Great layout and thanks for all of the photos.  Very nice and looks like it a lot of fun to run on.

    • October 17, 2017 10:54 PM EDT
    • Joe Paonessa said:

      Thanks to all for the pics. I love to see this RR. It has all the things going on that I like. I sure wish I lived closer!

      I wished I lived closer as well!  Right now I only go once a year; it would be nice to go more often.

      You are a wee bit closer, but not enough to make much of a difference.  As it is, I have decided to take an overnight stay along the way; 12+ Hours is really long, especially changing time zones on the return leg.

       

    • October 17, 2017 10:00 PM EDT
    • Thanks to all for the pics. I love to see this RR. It has all the things going on that I like. I sure wish I lived closer!