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It's going to take me the better part of a week to get all the photos posted this time. I hope to post a few each day, so check back now and then.
We ran a very special op session for the SP meet on Thursday evening, May 12. This op session was quite fun, hooray, the power stayed on!
One of the things I decided to do this time to make thing more fun is to run a business special. However, this wasn't just any business special.
In the 1980s, the Japanese conversed at length with the Port of Coos Bay about building a fledling intermodal facility in Coos Bay. The rail line could only handle single stacks due to clearances, but Coos Bay is the best deep water ocean port on the Pacific Coast between San Francisco and Seattle.
I have not detailed Coos Bay yet, and would be willing to install a small intermodal operation there if the Japanese could be impressed enough to do so. Enter -- the special.
We came up with a scoring system for the special such that if the train could accumulate 100 points for top-notch on time performance, no mechanical failures, etc -- then I would add the intermodal operation to Coos Bay.
The special ran in the second trick from Eugene to Coos Bay, so we'll post the photos of that run as well, and tell you the outcome! Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Charlie Comstock dispathed the first trick. We recreated June 12, 1985.
This session was on a Thursday night, instead of the the more usual Saturday night. We did Thursday because of the SP meet in Salem Oregon on Friday and Saturday -- with an excursion train down the Tillamook branch on Saturday -- so we couln't miss that! (To see the trip report, with photos, for this excursion, click: http://mymemoirs.net/model-trains/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=117 )
This was a special op session because we opened the session up to guests attending the SP meet. I had 8 of my regulars show (lower than normal because of the week night) and we took 10 guests -- for a total of 18. Currently this is about all the Siskiyou Line can absorb and allow everyone to get to run at least a couple of trains each. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Siskiyou Line regular Cam Cotrill (with the headset) and guest Jim Byerley (back to the camera) work the single largest industry on the Siskiyou Line -- the Roseburg Forest Products facility in Dillard. This one industry on the model can hold up to 70 rail cars, and it can take a considerable bit of switching to work the mill.
This one industry on the prototype keeps the Siskiyou Line in operation, with 1-2 jobs a day working the 1.1 mile-long facility. On the model, this industry is 12 feet in length -- which is considerable for *one* industry on a model RR. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Jeff Shultz (Siskiyou Line regular with the hat and white t-shirt) and Fred Pausch (guest with the blue shirt) bring the SLW (Eugene to Medford train) into Roseburg on the main. On track one, you can see the Seagull East - the regular Roseburg to Eugene train - all ready to go.
On the far right you can see two SD45T-2s awaiting a helper assignment, and that's guest operator Larry Bergen almost totally hidden behind Jeff as the helper engineer. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Brandon Thompson takes his usual first trick position as Roseburg Yardmaster. With both the Oakland turn and the Dole turn out and switching, Seagull East (Roseburg to Eugene) ready to go, and no Seagull West (Eugene to Roseburg) due into town until later in the session, there's just not much for the yardmaster to do!
Once the turns return, Brandon will have some work starting to build the next Seagull East, and of course once the Seagull West arrives from Eugene, that's all the cars for the Oakland and Dole turns, plus some cars for local Roseburg industries. Until then, though, it's just "hold down the fort" and wait for trains needing clearance through yard limits to call. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Checking back in with the Dole Turn crew, we see they're still hard at it switching the mill complex in Dillard.
Why is the Dillard job called the "Dole Turn", you ask? Dole is the next named location just beyond Dillard. When you give clearance to a location with a track warrant, if you name the location, you get the near turnout to any siding there, but not the far one at the opposite end. To give the switching crews *both* turnouts freely, you have to name the next location just past the end of their authority.
By giving the crew a "work between Winston Junction and Dole" they get the turnouts at both ends of Dillard.
And of course the prototype affectionately refered to the Dole Turn as the "Fruit Loop", with an obvious cutesy reference to the Dole Fruit Canning company and the kid's cereal, "Fruit Loops". Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!
Now Brandon has some trains in town! The two turns have returned, the Seagull East still hasn't left yet, and the Siskiyou Line West is making its way through town on the main after dropping their water cars.
Brandon needs to take all the Eugene-bound cars out of the two turns and begin building the next day's Seagull East -- the Roseburg to Eugene train.
That's guest Noel Holley on the right talking with Brandon about yard operations and how it all works. Joe Fugate http://siskiyou-railfan.net - 200,000 hits and counting!