We had a rare event on Saturday…foreign power on the Oberammeragau, Ogden & Olomana RR! In its entire existence, we’ve only ever hosted one other train, an estate sale B’mann circus train that was destined to return to its box, so this was a big event!
Anyway, a friend of mine was out here on business. His railroad has been layed up for a year for professional reasons, so he was anxious to run trains. Our R1 curves limited what he could bring, so he packed his Shay which was midway through a 'bash. The Oahu Rail & Land Co. had two of these beasts on the pineapple run to Wahiawa, so, of course, I insisted he bring it! Of course, given how rare an opportunity it is to host others, I would have gladly let him run whatever would fit!
We prepped the Triple O with a lot of US-profile gear:
Kid-zilla helped with the unpacking and declared the beast fit to serve…
He and his brother got a quick lesson on the R/C controller…
…and my buddy and I enjoyed some refreshing beverages and a pizza while the boys handled the railroad!
The big Shay had a problem servicing the sugar mill, where it tended to ride up on the points, but, other than that, it was a lot of fun for everyone. I am really, really leaning towards R/C as the “big move” in 2022 (after the Mik, of course!)!
Anyway, please enjoy a rare “run what you brought” day in what may be the hobby’s remotest outpost!
Our engineers bring the Shay into the M&K sugar mill complex…
The big fella’ waits for Komaka Iki to clear the mill before heading out to the mainline with a load of sugar-laden box cars:
Kid-zilla brings the loaded train into Haluku’ilio where the the sugar will leave for foreign ports (BTW, he loved the ability to ring bills, blow whistles, blow down the boiler, etc!):
And, only because I’ve yet to try a video, here’s our guest rounding Bandit Curve with a load of sugar and beverage!
Video: Guest Power Pulls Sugar and Beverage
Meanwhile, we discussed trains, beverage, and the state of the hobby, all a rare treat for me (with the exception of discussing beverage…that seems to be hobby agnostic!).
Have a great week!