Pre-session orientation. Bob, Rich, guest Don Bozman,
Duane, Charlie, Chip and guest Peter Bryan
Roger explains the call out board to guest Jane Butler
Richard discusses train assignments with Randy
Ops Committee chairman Roger explaining the staged trains to
Greg and Mike
Let's roll some trains!
Lot's of action as John, Bob, Steve and Kevin start the op
session with a flurry of departing trains
Rich running train #55, an Amtrak passenger train
Guest Arthur Penny, Duane and guest Don Bozman.
Duane feather-beds as fireman, Arthur is conductor and Don
engineer of this BNSF coal train.
Guest Peter Bryan handles the grain train at Port Keechi
Charlie classifying cars in Conroe Yard
Rich trying his hand at the Dispatcher desk. Note the high tech
post-it notes he is "cheating" with.
The dispatching program has since been modified to help mitigate
the need for these in the future.
Bob hauling an intermodal train
Don and Arthur backing a coal train down the mine spur
Chip with the Sunset Limited
Don cuts out some coal cars at the tipple
Ray getting excited about a new shipment of VW classics from
Charlie points out trouble with a UP engine to Roger
Charlie caught red handed 0-5-0'ing that locomotive!
It's not Great Northern, but Don still seems to be enjoying
Charlie studies his switch list to plan his next move
Miguel flew in from Spain to attend this op session
Guest Greg Butler poking the head of his Amtrak train out of the
Errol studies an APN route map to plan his trip before departing
Steve and a friend pull a peddler freight out of Big Bend
Moe holds his coal train while he waits for the intermodal to
A lot of activity in Conroe yard
Larry gets the intermodal out on the main line to high-ball
Mike and guest Greg Butler do a roll-by inspection
Mike pulling a short freight past Sabinal station
Richard eases an intermodal through Keechi yard
Mike makes a passenger stop at Neath
Steve eases into Big Bend to make some set outs and pick ups
Roger making up new trains in RailOp
David starts out with his grain train
Charlie making a run around move at Paulsboro
Roger leads a post-session debriefing