Last nights ops session was a bit different than usual as I only had 6 guys plus myself to operate the RR..
Several of my regular operators are on holiday. Vic is in Weipa which is almost as far North as one can get in Australia. Weipa is a Bauxite mining town. Little John is at the Gold Coast visiting family, Greg is on a cruise with his wife heading up the East Coast of Australia. Darren was working and Brendan was stuck at home.
Roger a member of our Melbourne 2003 convention committee asked if he could participate in a session so he could see how it works. Roger is a Victorian N Scale Modeller and a member of the Victorian N Scale collective so he added to the numbers.
We started at about the same time as usual 7.30pm only this time Ron was in charge of Augusta while Noel took charge of Flynn.
I usually stage the first two trains to depart the day before. The loaded Grain that departs from Augusta at 7.10 am and the empty grain that departs Flynn at 7.30am by the fast clock that is set to run at 4:1.
Dennis and Roger took control of the Aug / Fln loaded grain whilst Big John was in charge of the Fln / Aug empty grain. These two trains meet at Red Rock.
|The Aug / Fln arriving at Flynn headed by custom painted SD40-2|
|The locos are about to be cut off the train so Noel can switch the cars.|
|Ron on the left and Big John discussing the days events at Augusta|
|Locos off train 2 are being sent to the Augusta servicing area|
|Roger on the left then Dennis and Noel at Flynn discussing?|
|Barry in charge of the Win / Gut / Win Cement train.|
|Switching at Guthrie|
|Heading to Perry|
|Arriving at Perry ready to switch.|
|Dennis and Roger switching at Ponca with the Fly/ Pon / Fly Sweeper.|
|The Aug / Hac / Aug Sweeper arriving at Winfield on its way back to Augusta.|
So with only 7 of us to work the session, me as dispatcher, time out for beans at 9.00pm we called it a night at 10.30pm.
A big learning curve for Roger as he plans the operating system for his new RR and a good night was had by all.
That's it for todays update.