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    • September 24, 2018 6:50 AM EDT
    • Please pass on birthday wishes to Henk!  We got word of the storms hitting Ottawa and had concern about the safety of our friends and damage to their property.  Our prayers go out to all that suffered.  It is good to see that the mail was still running, passenger trains on time and things were as normal as could be in the IPP&WRR area.  Thanks to Mike and Steve for bringing the "News of Ironwood" to those that are interested. 

    • September 24, 2018 4:15 AM EDT
    • As usual, the BBQ was fired up, and sausages were served at noon. Yes, Alan, the liquid refreshments were still kept cool in the bar fridge. The only thing missing was the coffee, as the 'tricity was not active, to power up the coffee makers.

          Somehow, everyone managed to have a great time, and already the crew call list is made up for next Saturday...and to think we do this every Saturday...!!!

            ...oh, the "Happy Dutchmann", Henk, was not available for the full morning, so his "Birthday Cake" is to be available next Saturday.

        Henk claims it is a Dutch tradition, that he should present a birthday cake on his birthday, for his friends to enjoy. Henk's birthday is supposedly today, Monday September, 24th.

        Fred Mills

    • September 23, 2018 9:10 AM EDT
    • Looks as if it was a bit chilly up there, too......................

    • September 23, 2018 7:33 AM EDT
    • Presumably the victuals and coffee was dealt with using portable heating methods.   I guess the bottles and cans were probably cool enough anyway. 

    • September 18, 2018 8:57 PM EDT
    • Back to the top for Fred,Padre,Friar ....

    • September 24, 2018 4:40 AM EDT
    • Thank you all for the pictures of everyone having an enjoyable operation.

        Fred Mills

    • September 23, 2018 6:59 AM EDT
    • Great pics!  I knew they were out there.  Thanks for posting.  If you notice, you can see "hurricane clouds" in some of the pictures.  This was a break on Sunday from the intense heat of Saturday.  Overall, another great weekend.  It doesn't take lots of trains running for it to be a good time.  Heck, sometimes the Evansville Western prototype doesn't run trains on the tracks for days, so once again we are imitating the prototype and holding true to the modeling.  

    • September 22, 2018 11:42 AM EDT
    • Thanks. Good pix!

    • September 22, 2018 10:36 AM EDT
    • Some more Misc pictures.

      Folks working the town of Overlook.

       

      Train MCL-1 arriving at Nashville.

       

       

      MCL-1 as it departs the double track at Nashville.

       

       

      The Overlook local on the Hilltop Sub on the upper track, and MCL-1 preparing to arrive at Addieville on the middle track.

       

       

      MCL-1 as it is returning from Addieville.

       

    • September 22, 2018 10:28 AM EDT
    • Below are some shots of the unit coal train during it's run.

       

      Coal train as it departs Bluefield.

       

      Coal train departing Woodlawn.

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      Coal train running the Memphis Subdivision to Memphis.

       

       

       

      Coal train passing by Sparta on the Sparta Subdivision.

       

       

      Coal train returning on the Memphis Sub.

       

       

       

    • September 22, 2018 10:20 AM EDT
    • Found some time to post pictures from the Sept Ops session.

       

      Below is Freeman Spur.

      Mark running a Tourist Special.

      Below pictures are of a meet at Woodlawn from double track to single track.

       

       

       

    • September 18, 2018 9:09 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Guess I have the only picture proving it "Really Happened" ....pics tell the truth the rest is BS or GS

      Guess so

    • September 18, 2018 8:52 PM EDT
    • Guess I have the only picture proving it "Really Happened" ....pics tell the truth the rest is BS or GS

    • September 17, 2018 8:27 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:  Yes Fred, it did happen and, yes, pictures were taken.  Now, if they get published, that will be up to the photographer.

    • September 17, 2018 8:34 AM EDT
    • Yes Fred, it did happen and, yes, pictures were taken.  Now, if they get published, that will be up to the photographer.

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      The day started early to try to beat some of the heat.  Dale Loyett, my spouse Jan and myself ran the "Freeman Spur Local" in the morning and, I feel, we learned a couple of extra secrets to improve our efficiency of carrying out this complicated puzzle.  The sky was crystal clear and the Sun's intensity was certainly felt.  In the afternoon, the sky began to show whispey hurricane clouds and it did give a little comfort and breeze to the high temps.  Dale and I ventured out to run the "Coal Turn" to the Power Plant.  This is an intense run with 24 coal cars and 2 GP-38's.  It takes a slow steady pull to negotiate from the bowels of the basement, out through the window to Blufield, down past Sparta, Hadley Forest, the Woodlawn Diamond and the crossing of the Evansville Western, past the cutoff to the Freeman Spur Subdivision, through the big yard at Memphis, into the balloon track at the "Power Plant", perform the unloading at a controlled 10 mph and then return the reciprocal route back to the mines and the marshalling yard of Bluefield.  Not an easy task.  Traffic was light, but it is still an interesting run.  This was the second run of the day for the Coal train, as I imagine the demand for electricity kept the Power Plant running at capacity.

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      Clean up began around 4pm and we had everything secured by 6pm.  Time to start thinking about the October 2018 OPs and if history shows true, it will be the big event of the year.

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      http://largescalecentral.com/event/54

    • September 17, 2018 8:49 AM EDT
    • Double post - don'tcha just love when that happens?

    • September 17, 2018 8:48 AM EDT
    • Time to start thinking about the October 2018 OPs and if history shows true, it will be the big event of the year.

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      http://largescalecentral.com/event/54