Modern Operations – July 2019

It was a packed house last Friday when we held our monthly Operations session, with members and guests a plenty in attendance. Once trains got moving, there was nary an open space of track available as long trains and multiple section trains traversed the layout.

Everyone had fun and much freight was moved. Check out the pictures below for some railfanning shots taken during the evening.

We had a special sighting during Ops, as NS 911 (Decorated for First Responders) made a cameo pulling a run-through autorack train. Here it is passing through Silicon at speed while a local is switching the tracks.
Crews waiting around Nowheres above, while a long freight passes through Jacksonville below.
Frisco GP38-2 #695 creeps across the High Bridge at Mt. Nicholls with a trainload of gravel and covered hoppers for switching in Silicon
Western Pacific Uboats wait just outside the cover of the snowshed as an autorack train passes by just south of Mt Marvel.
More Western Pacific power waits in Nowheres as SVL’s own GP-15s pull into Nowheres with train 690, having finished their switching on the lower level.
The Hallelujah Paper Mill switcher is parked on the pulpwood lead waiting for the next shift change, when it will be back to work moving cars around the mill.
Rio Grande GP60 3155 cools its heels in Nowheres after working hard to pull a gravel train up from Jasper into the yard.

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