he problem of running the DS panel so well (see last night’s session here) is that when we’re all standing around the next day picking jobs on the morning session shift, everyone pushes you back into the office job again.
So we’re at the Tennessee Carolina & Coast, a layout I ran on two years ago. Great pike, just a long basement filler with good aisles, a long siding or two, and slow running. I had to be careful here – no clock so I set the pace running trains when I think we can get them through. The line has one siding of merit and another Tiny Tim one, so you gotta be careful or you’ll paint yourself into a corner.
But the crews ran hot and lined up for work. The radios were monitored, the trains did their work quickly and in the end, the superintendent came back and saw our progress down the sheet and exclaimed that we were one of the few groups to pace through 24 hours of effort in a single session, so yippie, team.
Sweet side-story on the TC&C. The layout was the effort of the late Kent Roberts, who passed away a few years back. His wife Linda left the layout alone for a few years, then invited some of his former friends to maintain in his memory. So they keep it running and host sessions on it. She’s happy that we have fun. It’s a nice effort and we really appreciated doing our best to honor Kent.
Bonus video – a session from a few years back HERE!