Modern Operations – May 2019

Last Saturday (6/1) we held our monthly Ops Session. We run Ops on Saturdays every three months, to give us a chance to have a bit more time to operate the layout and railfan at the same time (Hey, we’re train fanatics aficionados too).

We were running our Modern session, which meant that we had a lot of long trains of varying speeds coursing across the layout, including a 30 car hotshot (the Super 77/78), our 23 car Tank Train, the Coast Starlight, plus our regularly scheduled 20+ trains. As you can imagine, our Dispatcher may or may not have ended up with a few extra grey hairs as a result of keeping all of these trains in order, including a 3-way meet in Jacksonville.

At the end of it all, it was successful day – all trains ran, and good times were had by one and all (Though the highlight of our frazzled Dispatcher’s day may have been when he headed home).

Check out the pictures below for some of the highlights of the day from the layout!

Containers leaving Nowheres Yard.
Santa Fe-led “Super 78” waits at a red signal at Kaos Junction for oncoming grain train #268 to pass.
Piggybacked trailers roll through Tracy on the SVL Main Line.
Auto racks pass over the Ravine trestle.
A mix of TOFC and Double Stacks crosses the High Bridge over Ebbetts Pass on its way out of Silicon.
Nowheres Yard is always a busy place, especially during our modern operations session.

April 2019 Operations Session

Most months of the year Silicon Valley Lines has an operations session on the last Friday or Saturday of the month. The dates can be found in the sidebar on the right. Today’s session was well attended, both Yard Masters and Dispatch had their hands full. Over the course of 3 hours we ran all scheduled trains, plus a few additional passenger trains.

Train crews communicate with Dispatch using FRS radios to get clearances. The Yard Masters are called using a telephone located at yard limits. A few photos from the session are below.