nother busy day on the Tuscarora. I thought we were going to have four people but because of sweeping Covid fears, the father/son team I invited had to cancel. And that left me with 50% crew. In a normal ops session, a disaster. But the modular functionality Tuscarora Branch Line can run as easily with one as it can with four. So with Greg (my long-time engineer who has been with this project from the start) we set all signals to green, coupled in the mini-tower (which lets an operator easily run the layout) and began. He ran the local switchers and scheduled freights. I ran the coal extras and dispatched. And off we went.
I gotta say that when we run it, we’re like a true team. With four, the dispatcher and tower operator don’t talk directly to the crews. But with two of us, it’s very casual “Can I run a light engine movement through?” or “Can I cross the main?” We knocked out a very simple session in about 2:15, which isn’t bad. I might run it tomorrow night, just a one-man go. We’ll see.
Anyway, the layout continues to perform beyond expectations so I’m happy with it. See you after the next session!