Mat Thompson stepped in to take Bob Warren's normal place in the dispatcher's chair.
Roger is asking two guys who clearly don't know the answer "Which track is this?"
Answer: I forgot to tape the Randolph track diagram to the fascia....sorry.
Paul Dolkos and Steve Williams try to
decide what to do next.
Paul gets ready to depart St Albans (north staging) while Molly makes
sure no one gets out of the aisle without petting her.
Lunch! the best part of any session. Thanks to Christine for the delicious BBQ and potato salad!
|Rain held off long enough for us to enjoy lunch on the deck.|
Interesting angle shows the current state of the peninsula "blob."
Need to tweak some track issues in Essex this week prior to our next session on the 28th. I might end up replacing Essex with something much simpler since it's a little jammed in. But this town does add a great deal of operating interest.
The Essex operator left several little notes on track issues in Essex Jct - I need to resolve those before next week's session. I might (and emphasize might) make some radical simplifications to the track in that section of the layout - one possibility is removing Essex Jct from that section of the railroad and replacing it with a much simpler town of Richmond, Vt. I just think there's a little too much jammed into Essex - something that's becoming more obvious as I try to fit buildings between the various sidings. I'd lose the Essex switcher position if I did that, but Essex Jct might return on the currently empty wall of the basement beyond the current north end staging yard.
As an aside, if I do change out the Essex scene the remaining styrofoam subroadbed will be replaced with plywood on that side of the peninsula.
Another lesson learned was I need to be a little more specific in some of the train card instructions - I will try and beef those up a little before next Saturday.