When I’m cleaning my railroad, getting ready for a session after a long time off, I ask myself why I do this.
Of course, during the session, when we’re running hot and on-the-dot, it all becomes clear.
Since Don wasn’t at the session, that gave me a chance to jump into 3303, the soon-to-be-scraped mikado goating the reefer cuts around Salinas. It’s one of the cool jobs, working the refrigerated cars off the icing deck to the sheds for loading, then waiting for them to get topped off before hauling them back to the docks for reicing. What makes it fun is that you work off the station timetable, tracking the trains through and staying out of the way.
Really, can there be anything better than noting that the Daylight is coming through in a hour or so, making a runaround and getting into the clear, all turnouts set, in time to watch him flash past? That’s railroading.
And that’s why it’s fun.
Thanks to all who came out for my “Easter” (i.e. rise from the dead) session. We had a great time!