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    • September 21, 2017 9:42 AM EDT
    •      Joyce and I also plan to be there in October. There is nothing else on our calendar for those days. She can help with crowd control, and I will help someone and try not to get lost on the layout !

    • September 21, 2017 8:50 AM EDT
    • I'm sure pictures will show up in time.  Andy and Jane's Bluestone Southern is a great example of modern railroad shortline and longhauling interaction and contradiction.  Minimal switching in routes of dedicated trains to dedicated locations, where major switching is done and then returning or long hauls of freight to distant locations on the BS mainline, that causes dispatching and passing nightmares for the Evansville Western Railroad as it uses the BS trackage to get to its own right of way.  Even then, there is conflict as the EWRR crosses the BS main at the modeled Woodlawn, just as the prototype EWRR crosses the BNSF trackage at the real Woodlawn, Illinois.  However, Andy and I have witnessed seeing the tops of prototype GP38's, as they negotiate the uneven interchange tracks.  When modeling, that was attempted, but the large scale models of GP38's fell over.  I'm guessing the weight differential between model and prototype does not transfer when scaling down.

      The Bluestone Southern is a great railroad to operate on or just witness what is going on.  There is one more scheduled operating event this year and though Jan and I missed the September run, we are planning to be there in October.  The October event is the weekend of the 14th and 15th, 2017.  Mark your calendars.

    • September 21, 2017 8:16 AM EDT
    • "Back and forth"...more like "Roundy-Roundy", which brings up the question; "What else do they do ?' and without pictures, none of us will ever know...too bad, it might have been rather enjoyable, to see great friends, operating one man's dream layout, and having fun.

        I do hope that all went well, and we will all hear, and SEE many great operating sessions in the future.

       Fred Mills

    • September 20, 2017 10:25 PM EDT
    • I don't know which I'm happier seeing?

      The pics when they get here, or Dave and Andy going back and forth!

    • September 20, 2017 9:07 PM EDT
    • Dad ...it's been 4 days and no pics ?

      My question is did this operation session really happen or were you over medicated and dreaming again?

    • September 18, 2017 7:26 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:
      Andy Clarke said:

      Pics hopefully will follow in the upcoming days...

      Hopefully Dad as you know the rules!

      Only rule I know is ""Don't give the kid any more money""....    

    • September 18, 2017 7:11 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:

      Pics hopefully will follow in the upcoming days...

      Hopefully Dad as you know the rules!

    • September 18, 2017 5:44 PM EDT
    •   Play 1113 and 1311 as the daily Play 4 numbers for a few weeks!

    • September 18, 2017 2:26 PM EDT
    • For those who keep score...  Sat, we had 11 folks here and we ran 13 trains, including the unit coal train to the Power Plant south of Memphis..

       

      Sun, we had 13 folks...   Ran 11 trains in between some rain showers..  

      Was a good weekend, even with the 90 degree temps and humidity....

      Pics hopefully will follow in the upcoming days...

    • September 18, 2017 12:15 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Look forward to seeing the new trackage.  Reports from "the Marks", says its quite impressive.  Home in about a week.  Hopefully,

      hot weather leaves with the thunderboomers.

      Newp, hot weather stays...    90's all week....

    • September 18, 2017 9:50 AM EDT
    • Look forward to seeing the new trackage.  Reports from "the Marks", says its quite impressive.  Home in about a week.  Hopefully,

      hot weather leaves with the thunderboomers.

    • September 17, 2017 11:06 AM EDT
    • Was a warm day, however, also a great day...   First coal train ran thru The new Memphis location and on to the power plant track to unload and return to the mines...   Haven't tallied any figures yet...

       

      Thunder boomers around the area today...   Ops should be interesting....

       

    • September 16, 2017 10:41 PM EDT
    • Got a report on the first day.  Sounds like it was warm, but went well.  I'm sure pictures will come over the next week.  Wish we could have pulled this off different and not missed this.  However, my "clone request" was put on hold.

      All the best, tomorrow.

    • September 14, 2017 9:52 AM EDT
    • Hate to miss the event and see the progress, but Joyce and I will be in Forest city Iowa this weekend .

    • September 9, 2017 1:43 PM EDT
    • September 2017 Operations is the weekend of 16-17 Sept...

       

      Would appreciate a heads-up if you are planning on coming...    Thanks...

    • September 17, 2017 4:27 PM EDT
    • For session 18 steam is supreme this is part 1 of a three part blog.

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2017/09/session-18-steam-is-supreme.html

    • September 17, 2017 4:16 PM EDT
    • Here is part 2 of the 17th operations session, standard gauge. http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2017/09/session-17-part-two.html

    • September 11, 2017 11:05 AM EDT
    • Here's the link to the 17th operation session of the year, amazing that the weather has cooperated since it has been a rainy summer here in Ottawa.

      http://gardenrailroadottawa.blogspot.ca/2017/09/session-17-of-ore-docks-and-other-things.html

      Also Malcolm Vant has been taking some rather interesting video:

      https://1drv.ms/v/s!ApuSckIj0HVC8CvLlIxycqR68Sl_ 

    • September 9, 2017 10:04 PM EDT
    • Dave;

       

        A rather good idea...thank you...very much appreciated.

    • September 9, 2017 8:57 PM EDT
    • Or maybe photoshop something like this to get the length and blow it up to scale. Then make a vinyl print and mount it so the small parts don't get damaged.