I'd have to rate it as the most successful session to date.
I spent several short work sessions over the last week correcting the few track work issues that revealed themselves during the previous session.
Things ran so well I actually ran a couple of trains during the session.
I tried to shoot some video but failed miserably - I need to work on figuring out the video functions on my camera.
So here are a few "grab shot" still photos:
RS-3 on the empty sand and gravel train north of Randolph:
Several of the guys on today's crew belong to the Vienna Model Railroad Club in nearby Vienna. Turns out one of them, Dave Mitchell, is also a Central Vermont fan and modeler! Was nice to have someone immediately recognize the various stations and scenes. His train, the southbound local, is meeting the northbound in Waterbury. He's temporarily changing roles to that of Waterbury station operator and calling the dispatcher to OS his trains northbound counterpart.
to run a couple of trains. I also had the chance to "rail fan" the layout a bit during the session. Those are both firsts for me. This is train 307, the Boston/New York to Montreal "Ambassador" heading through Everett, Vt.
And yes, the day ended with Christine's now famous (at least among our NORVA operating group) BBQ sandwich lunch. On another forum someone commented that op sessions are too serious and take all the fun out of the hobby. Of course that same person went on to say he didn't operate and didn't care to try it. As you can tell, no one here was having any fun.