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    • November 16, 2013 2:52 PM EST
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      The day dawned cloudy after a night of rainfall...and the leaves had been cleared earlier in the week but new ones are coming down every minute.  Yet, it's a mild day for November.

       

      Bart had been expected but cancelled at the last minute;  but Ken promises he will be here.

       

      Everything looked pretty good...now it was just time to set out the cars.   Ken had said he would be here about 10 AM, but he showed up early and we got started setting out the cars.

      It REALLY helps to have an extra pair of hands; the work goes so much faster.   Pretty soon, we were ready for some operations!

      We're planning on running two trains today.   The first one looks pretty simple.

       

      Well, it might look simple, but just getting the train built up in Green Springs Yard seems to take a bit of time as there are a few cars in front of the ones we need.

      But, pretty soon, we are ready to depart with our 4 car train.

       

      Naturally, I forget to take some pictures as we switch Occoquan, but we soon leave the town after two pick ups and one drop off.

      Once we arrive at Jackson, we find that we need to run around the train to pick up the reefer.  First, we pull the caboose off the back end and use it to pull the reefer out of the siding.  Then, the reefer and caboose are put back on the end of the train.

       

      It's actually a pretty easy assignment this time around as we only pick up one car and set out 2.   We're done after about an hour and we take the train to Lexington.

       

       

      This post was edited by Bruce Chandler at November 16, 2013 3:49 PM EST
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    • November 16, 2013 3:03 PM EST
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      Next up is Train #2.   This one looks a bit more involved.

      Train #2 is already made up in the staging yard in Lexington, so we pull forward into Jackson.  Lots of work here.

      First we pull into the passing siding and run around our train...

       

      Then it's down the spur with just the locomotive...  We have to pull some cars out of Buchanan Tool and Die...

       

      Unfortunately, there's only room to pull two cars at a time.

       

      So it takes us a bit of time to get everything in order.

       

      But, eventually, we get the cars in order

       

      Then it's on over to Matheson Textiles - here we will eventually set out 2 and pick up 2.   We start by picking up 2.

       

      And after picking up cars, we've got to put them on our train...

       

      Jackson lived up to its demoniacal switching reputation today and we spent quite a bit of time getting everything done.

       

      Occoquan is not much better...it's all facing points again.

       

      But it all works out in the end...

       

       

      And, after about 3 hours, we've run our 2 trains.

       

      We missed Bart, as he was supposed to be here today, but decided he would rather lounge around the house instead. ;)

       

      Just another great day of operations!

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    • November 16, 2013 3:36 PM EST
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      Looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing!
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    • November 16, 2013 5:23 PM EST
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      What?     No pictures of the interchange with the WV&K???

    • November 16, 2013 6:08 PM EST
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      "What?     No pictures of the interchange with the WV&K???"


      That was your job....................if you'd  have showed up. 


      Thanks Bruce, that was a fun day despite the dismal looking weather. Always a pleasure working the J&B............

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    • November 16, 2013 9:58 PM EST
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      Bart "Mr. Worldwide" Salmons said:

      What?     No pictures of the interchange with the WV&K???

      Well, you do get this nice parting gift...soon to be at your place?

      http://freightsheds.largescalecentral.com/users/thejoat/Locomotives/IMG_0093.JPG

      What are your plans for it?

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    • November 17, 2013 9:34 AM EST
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      DO NOT OPEN TIL DECEMBER 25...

       

      Actually I have been noodling with the idea of making this one with a full shell over it like the New York Central Shays........the Boxcab looking ones......But I don;t have a stock Class B Shay so I might just leave it as is.......

       

      And ya might want to put another coat of clear coat on the decals......I used Krylon Acrylic  clear.....

       

      Really wished I could have made it......they decided abotu 1500 on Friday afternoon that we weren't working on Saturday....

      This post was edited by Bart Salmons at November 17, 2013 9:41 AM EST
    • November 17, 2013 2:00 PM EST
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      Looks like a nice day of Operations was had.....   Nice Pics....

       


      Are the train orders shown exactly like they come from from the printer using JMRI??

    • November 17, 2013 2:43 PM EST
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      Andy Clarke said:

       

       


      Are the train orders shown exactly like they come from from the printer using JMRI??

      Yup!

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    • November 17, 2013 3:37 PM EST
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      Andy Clarke said:

      Looks like a nice day of Operations was had.....   Nice Pics....

       


      Are the train orders shown exactly like they come from from the printer using JMRI??

      And the really cool thing is how you can customize the train orders.  Pretty much anything you want, plus choice of colors for set outs and pick ups.

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    • November 17, 2013 4:40 PM EST
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      Looks like another fine operations time. Always nice to see what others are doing.

    • November 17, 2013 5:32 PM EST
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      You'll have to come down next time, Dave!

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    • November 17, 2013 6:24 PM EST
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      Only thing I don't understand on the train orders is:

       


      on train number 2, looking at the work to be done at Jackson, there are 4 pickups....


      2 pickups from Matheson Textiles, and 2 from Buchanan Tool & Die..

       


      I don't understand why each set is interwined on the list, like below..

       

      1 from Buchanan
      1 from Matheson

      1 from Buchanan

      1 from Matheson


      Why foesn't it print:


      1 from Matheson

      1 from Matheson

      1 from Buchanan

      1 from Buchanan


      The way it's listed would lead one to become confused with the listing..

    • November 17, 2013 6:49 PM EST
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      Uh...because? ;)

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    • November 17, 2013 7:18 PM EST

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      Shut Up Dad!

      Nice run guys!

    • November 18, 2013 2:30 AM EST
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      Andy,


      The program does have a "Build Report" that can be viewed . From what I can see of how it works, it runs down the list of destinations to see where a car needs to be picked up and another dropped off. Bruce has already entered the amount of moves he wants done. Then the program runs through the roster of cars to find one that's allowed to go there. It does that at each destination, then repeats the process until the required moves are reached. 


      The first time it ran through the destinations it found a car at Buchannon and Matheson that needed  to be  picked up and a then found an appropriate car to be  dropped  at each place. Since all the required moves weren't fulfilled yet, it ran through the destinations a second time and found cars that needed to be picked up and others to be dropped off. That's why it's listed that way.


      That "Build Report" comes in handy for tweaking your Manifest and to see why it's building your train a certain way. There are other factors involved, like siding length, appropriate cars, etc. 


      I hope that explanation is understandable.............;)

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    • November 18, 2013 3:37 AM EST
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      Ken, Thanks, yes it does, and that probably explains why the train order is printed out that way...


      Just seemed weird to me that the 2 cars from one industry would not be listed together..  In my mind, it tends to increase the chances of a movement being missed..

       



    • November 18, 2013 4:11 AM EST
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      Bruce, one of these days I'm going to be able to take you up on that offer.

    • November 18, 2013 6:10 AM EST
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      Andy Clarke said:

      Ken, Thanks, yes it does, and that probably explains why the train order is printed out that way...


      Just seemed weird to me that the 2 cars from one industry would not be listed together..  In my mind, it tends to increase the chances of a movement being missed..


      We've come close to having that happen on numerous occasions. That's what the box on the left is for. We can check off each movement as it gets done. It also helps to look ahead on the list just to see what all the moves are in that particular area. It also helps when you have 2 people...................ya know, "2 heads are better then one"............;)


      It also lists the amount of cars that should be on the train when your done. If that doesn't jive up, you know you screwed up somewhere. 

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    • November 18, 2013 8:26 AM EST
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      Looks like a great day.  Ken is becoming a celebrity.  If he could only make money each time  he is in a picture ;) 


      Bruce your layout is looking good as always.   

      This post was edited by Shawn Viggiano at November 18, 2013 11:18 AM EST
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