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Discussion in 'Model Rail Operations' started by Gary S., Mar 18, 2007.
That's what I am learning
You are indeed thinking like a real railroader. I never worked for the railroad but a friend of mine did and we operated his layout just like the real thing or at least as close as possible. If I was out of line with a switching move he let me know and showed me how to do it properly. I learned a lot from him and use a lot if that on my layout today.
I feel your pain with the turnout alignment. I did that on this guys layout during an operating session for our model railroad club. I finished my switching and had just started to highball when I realized a second to late that the switch wasn't aligned and I proceeded to dump the whole train onto a concrete floor. It was no where near my worst disaster but definately the most embarassing. I did however manage to get a few laughs because my friend modeled the Penn Central, so after the crash I said, "hey it's PC, I was just trying to operate like the prototype!".
Brakie, I see your a Hocking Valley fan. Do you have the new HV book? If not you should really get it.
Nice story! Thanks everyone for the input. I'm sure I will have tons of other questions in the weeks to come.
And, for those of you who haven't tried the operations aspect of railroading, you should give it a try.
I think having the stock cars directly behind the engine minimizes any shocks the livestock might receive from slack-action in the couplers.
Maybe Brakie could comment on this?
It probably also dliutes the smell received by the tail-end crew... the head end won't notice as long as the train's moving!
Squid - I am sure there are pros and cons of every position. I guess CN felt that the head-end position won out, and so wrote it into the rules...
And the head end won't notice as long as the train is moving...