|OPERATING SESSION AT KEN'S O SCALE LAYOUT
AUGUST 30, 2006
HOW MANY RAILROADERS CAN YOU FIT IN A PHONE BOOTH - Well,
at least six in this corner of Ken's basement. Here's Thom, Bob, Don, Dave, and
Dan, and Ken's behind Dave. There were 12 guys in all, the other six on the other
side of the layout.
SWITCHING AT HAPPY VALLEY - Don and Dave are doing some switching
moves at Happy Valley, one of the three towns on the layout and one of the end
TURN THE CAMERA TO THE LEFT and you get this view of the engine terminal
area. A few destination cards are laying on the tracks. The second track from the left
is the main line, which winds around to the right, then around the layout and uphill to
TRAFFIC AT CENTERVILLE - A freight train waits for the push-pull passenger
train to depart the station before beginning its switching moves. There are lots of
working signals on this layout and the trains normally run very smoothly.
TRAIN WRECK - We clearly heard Bob say "STOP!" but Joe didn't stop in
time. His switcher pushed the boxcar right off the tracks, blocking the main line
until the wrecker came to clear the wreck. This was the only wreck tonight.
Although it was a little crowded, and we didn't run the trains all that smoothly, we
all had a blast.
SWITCHING AT ZEBLEY'S CORNER - The switcher handles a cut of cars on the front
train while the passenger train waits at the station. In the background Dave is working at
Ken has both G Scale and O Scale layouts. Tonight it was time to run the O Scale.