The Seagull West pulls through Roseburg yard on the main (the farthest back track in the yard) to the west end and ties up there. Now Terry has some real work to do getting these cars sorted into the Oakland and Dole turns!
These turns run early in the Second Trick, so Terry needs to get hopping to pull the cars off this train and get them resorted into their new trains. The Seagull also has cars for the local Roseburg industries, which Terry can switch after he gets these locals built.
Terry has about 8 fastclock hours (8:1 fast clock) or about 1 real hour to do this work. So it's not an impossible task, but enough to keep you pleasantly busy.
Is that an uncoupling pick I see stuffed up under Terry's glasses just in front of his left ear? Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
The first thing Terry does is cut off the head end power of the Seagull West. You see the power here as Terry runs it down the yard lead and then on into the yard out of the way.
SSW7961 is an (Atlas) GP40R loco with the full SP light set on it. Love those headlights and gyralights! Siskiyou Line video volume 3 (in production now) will include complete details and a demo on how to install these lights in a loco and program a DCC decoder to get them to work. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
And hop to it Terry does as he sorts through the car cards in the Seagull West and builds the Oakland and Dole turns. The train is pretty good sized, so there's plenty of work to do (witness the fist full of cards Terry has).
Roseburg has 5 yard tracks and the 6th track in the back is the mainline through town. Although I typically put the main in front (deliberately) in my Siskiyou Line design so you can see the main run through in all its glory (and not just be looking at roof tops), I elected to put the main in back for Roseburg yard.
This enables the yardmaster to see his work and not have it hindered by a train in his way. Because of the compressed length of our model mainlines, model RR yardmasters typically have more time pressures on them as it is. Anything I can do to make a model yardmaster's job easier, I typically try to do in my layout design. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Things have been relatively quiet in Roseburg, allowing Terry to concentrate on getting the two turns built for the next trick. Here, most of the fastclock 8 hours have passed, and Terry is putting a caboose on the Oakland Turn (built in track one of the yard).
By the way, that's the power from the Seagull West parked in the foreground (so that's where Terry put it ).
Meanwhile, out on the line, the first Dole Turn (left over from last session) has been feverishly working Dillard in an attempt to get done before the next turn is called, and the two Coos Bay Haulers have been called. The question for the next trick is: where will the two haulers meet? In Roseburg or in Rice Hill?
Now it's Brandon's turn to move from the Dispatcher position to the Roseburg Yardmaster position for the Second Trick.
Second Trick Dispatcher will be Charlie Comstock ... here Brandon (on the left) brief's Charlie (on the right) of the situation as of the shift change at noon (fast clock time) on May 12, 1985, the date we are simulating. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Terry has to get in just one more move as Brandon comes to Roseburg yard to take over as yardmaster for the Second Trick.
Terry's just going to take a plain old road crew position for the Second Trick (that's what he signed up for on the signup sheet ... you sign up for your position as you arrive. First to arrive gets their pick of the jobs).
The Oakland Turn (nicknamed the Rice Hill Rocket on the prototype because they had track clearance all the way to the west switch at Rice Hill in order to do their switching) is ready to go, so a crew gets called for it shortly after Second Trick commences. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Jordon Dobson (an actual railroader in real life, by the way), takes down his train's track warrant instructions from dispatcher Charlie Comstock. Jordon is conducting and Jeff Shultz (not shown) is the engineer on the "Rice Hill Rocket". Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
The previous Dole Turn pulls back into Roseburg from Dillard and ties up. Here, Brandon is cutting off the power in preparation for switching these mostly out-bound cars into the next Seagull East out of Roseburg to Eugene.
At this point, Brandon gets word that the Coos Bay Hauler West is at yard limits and wants to pull through town, so he has them come through on the main (the sixth track back). Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Mike Baynes is conducting on the Coos Bay Hauler West. He only has clearance to Roseburg on his track warrant, and he has just been told by the Dispatcher that he is to wait in Roseburg because the Coos Bay Hauler East is due into Roseburg any moment.