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Op session, May 14, 1986 (Oct 2006)
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joef
Sat Oct 21 2006, 02:10PM


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The Coos Bay Hauler East ties up in Eugene staging





Engineer Mike Baynes brings the Coos Bay Hauler into Eugene yard as the train ends its colorful run over the Siskiyou Line on May 14, 1986. This run has covered nearly 400 feet of trackage, and taken about 10 fast clock hours at 8:1. In real time terms, that's over an hour for the run of this train that travels over most of the layout, both the upper and lower decks. An hour for a model train's entire run, and to have it not traverse any part of the layout more than once is a significant run duration for a model train.

It's interesting that just as the Hauler East pulled into Eugene, the Coos Bay Hauler West was ready to depart Eugene, so we'll touch on some of the run highlights of Hauler East's sister train, the Hauler west next!

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Sat Oct 28 2006, 10:23PM


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Coos Bay Hauler West rolls into Cottage Grove!





Once the Coos Bay Hauler East cleared the main, Engineer Cam Cotrill (blue Levi jacket) and rookie Conductor Gene Neville (far right, with the glasses) got clearance from the dispatcher to bring their train down the Willamette valley from Eugene, through Goshen, and into Cottage Grove. Cottage Grove sits at the base of Rice Hill, and you know what that means ...

Here they'll need to add water cars, and if necessary, helpers. It turns out, even with the water cars added, they've got all the power they need with their three second-generation road locos to pull their now 21 car train. Each second generation unit can pull 7 cars, according to my tonnage chart, so they're right at the limit. Any more cars and they would need helpers.

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Sat Oct 28 2006, 10:24PM


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The Hauler West starts the climb up Rice Hill





Engineer Cam Cotrill watches his head end TEBU power set closely as it begins the climb up Rice Hill. This somewhat unusual loco set is a set of two GP40R TEBU mothers flanking a TEBU slug unit.

TEBU stands for "Tractive Effort Booster Unit" and it's a slug filled with concrete but with cable connections to take excess electricity generated by the GP40Rs and route it to the extra traction motors in the TEBU slug, giving the slug the equivalent horsepower of another locomotive.

The TEBUs were rebuilt by the SP in the early 1980s from GE U25Bs. From the floorboards down the unit looks externally almost identical to a U25B, but of course the low cabless slug hood looks uniquely different from a U25B.

TEBUs and GP40R mothers were common power on the SP Coast branches in the mid-to-late 1980s.

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Meanwhile, things are heating up on the other side of Rice Hill




Meanwhile, the Roseburg Yardmaster maxed out the Siskiyou Line East through Roseburg with cars bound for Eugene (after all, it is the railroad's job to move freight as expeditiously as possible, right? ), so a 30-some car SLE with helpers is on its way out of Roseburg to Rice Hill. Rice Hill siding will only hold 28-29 cars max with 3 head-end units and two mid-train helpers, so it looks like it's going to be a tight fit!

This also explains why the track warrant the Hauler West got was only to Rice Hill and to take the siding once reaching the top of the hill.

That's Jerry Sheffield on the left conducting and keeping an ever vigilant eye on his train, and behind Jerry you can just barely see helper engineer Jeff Shultz in his kaki's. Boy, we've kept Jeff hopping tonight!

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Sat Oct 28 2006, 10:25PM


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Hauler West reaches Rice Hill summit and takes the siding





Cam Cotrill throws the Rice Hill East switch and then rolls his train into the siding in preparation to make way for the extra-long Siskiyou Line East due through shortly. Conductor Gene Neville (white shirt) looks on as Cam shepherds their train into the siding.

That's one of my EasyThrow doorbolt throws on the fascia here, and it's labeled "Rice Hill East switch" along with a position indicator of main and siding so even if you can't see the points (as is the case here with Cam) you still tell from the doorbolt knob position that you've thrown the switch the right direction.

I don't have any problem seeing the turnout points (you can get an idea of how this area, which is 65" off the floor, looks to me since I'm behind the camera taking this shot). I don't understand what Cam's problem is!

[ Edited Mon Oct 30 2006, 12:49PM ]

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Mon Oct 30 2006, 01:03PM


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Enjoying watching the Hauler West roll through Rice Hill siding





The Oakland Turn is still hard at its work in Oakland and Sutherlin, but with the huge Siskiyou Line East passing through, the Turn can't do any switching. So Turn engineer Errol Kubicki enjoys railfaning the Hauler West as it rolls forward through Rice Hill siding. Behind Errol in the blue and gold stipped shirt is Turn Conductor Charlie Comstock. It looks like Charlie's watching the SLE pass through Sutherlin.

Speaking of the Siskiyou Line East, in the distance, we see helper Engineer Jeff Shultz keeping an eagle-eye on his helpers as they do their part in pushing the SLE up and over Rice Hill.

The Coos Bay Hauler West must wait for the entire SLE to roll by on the main before they will be clear to proceed. No doubt, the dispatcher has given them a new track warrant with an "Effective after the arrival of ..." option checked for the SLE. This will mean the Hauler West is free to go once the SLE has fully arrived at Rice Hill and cleared the west siding switch.

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Mon Oct 30 2006, 02:02PM


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The Siskiyou Line East rumbles by on the main at Rice Hill





Siskiyou Line East conductor Jerry Sheffield (far right looking down) talks to the dispatcher while Engineer Jim Laycock (behind Jerry) rolls his train slowly along the main at Rice Hill summit. That looks like a Kodachrome unit leading the way!

The train is approaching the east siding switch, and the rear of the train is still several cars back past the west siding switch! It's a good thing the dispatcher had this extra-long SLE just roll right on through Rice Hill, because it wasn't going to fit in this siding!

Once the rear of the SLE gets past the Rice Hill west siding switch, then the Coos Bay Hauler West can continue on down Rice Hill, through Oakland and Sutherlin, and on into Roseburg.



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Mon Oct 30 2006, 02:20PM


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The Coos Bay Hauler West is on the move again!





Now that the Siskiyou Line East has cleared the west switch at Rice Hill siding, the engineer Cam Cotrill edges his Coos Bay Hauler West back out onto the main, and starts downgrade toward Oakland. To the left out of the picture is Conductor Gene Neville.

You can see the two water cars behind the TEBU / GP40R mother lashup. On the prototype, these water cars would be spraying water out their underside onto the roadbed, to douse any sparks, per the orders of the US Forest Service. This water car rule is in effect from April through October, and since we're modeling May 14th this op session, it's clearly water car season.

Notice with the wireless DCC throttles, Cam doesn't have to concern himself with plugging in any where. He just sets the direction switch on his throttle, cranks it up, and goes! It doesn't get much simpler or more fun than that!


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Mon Oct 30 2006, 02:29PM


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The Coos Bay Hauler West rumbles over the North Umpqua Bridge into Roseburg





Several minutes later (real time) Gene Neville (out of the picture to the left) contacted the Roseburg Yardmaster to get clearance to enter his yard. The Yardmaster gave the Hauler West the okay, and told them to just roll through on the main. The North Umpqua river bridge is the east yard limits for Roseburg yard.

In this photo, we can see Cam's obviously paying close attention to his power, making sure it is doing its job pulling his train. It doesn't hurt to have the train rolling though some nice finished scenery in this location.

Note: In the debrief after the op session, there was some confusion over which end of the North Umpqua River bridge represents yard limits, and also some confusion over where at Winston Junction the west yard limits are located. In order to clear up any confusion, I agreed to install yard limit signs before the November op session. It's about time, I'd say!


[ Edited Mon Oct 30 2006, 02:30PM ]

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Mon Oct 30 2006, 02:38PM


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In Roseburg and figuring out if the Hauler has any cars for the Yardmaster





Conductor Gene Neville (in the white shirt in the distance) is checking his car cards to see if any of the cars are bound for Roseburg, while engineer Cam Cotrill (far left) looks on. The Hauler West has already dropped its water cars (on the track behind the locos) and recoupled the power back to the train.

In the foreground on the right is a nice model of the Westwood Lumber Wholesalers warehouse, which is an industry spot for Roseburg. Siskiyou Line regular Ken Lass built this model in styrene using photos of the prototype facility in Roseburg as a guide. Ken did a nice job on the structure. Once I finish the scenery details in Roseburg, I plan to add lumber stacks and other details around this nice foreground structure.


[ Edited Mon Oct 30 2006, 02:39PM ]

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