Last night's operating session went quite smoothly, which was aided by the fact that we had an unusually small crew, meaning that everyone operated for both sessions - something we hadn't had to do in quite some time. Now seems like a fitting time to take a look back at the operating sessions we have all grown accustomed to, and all the fun we've had through them.
These first couple of shots show why we needed the extension. Since I joined the group three winters ago, we have nearly doubled in size. In fact, there was talk of an extension even before I joined the group...it just took that long for it to happen unfortunately. In looking at this photo, we are still missing half a dozen of our current members.
The layout owner is pictured in front of part of his rather large diesel collection.
A look from the yard up towards Shellville.
Something the matter?
Chris's domain aka the yard. Pretty empty at this point but I have no doubt it would have filled up in no time - it always does.
Chris begins to assemble the Ashtown Job.
All smiles in the yard. Things must have ran smoothly on this occasion.
Somebody's scheming something up
"I didn't do it, I swear"
This two shots gives a good look at the size of the room.
The extension itself sits in a pretty sizeable chunk of real estate itself. The lead to the new section ties in right where Scott (maroon shirt, back left of room) in the above photo is standing. It runs under the display case along the back wall (no, we couldn't convince him to move the case) and through the doorway to the right. I don't have any real recent shots of the whole room with all of the track in place, but these should suffice.
Most of the track is connected here and hasn't changed much. As of last night, there were temporary stand in buildings complete with named sidings as well as a bunch of new cars
Lots of potatoes on the move during this preliminary run on the new section.