The Wheeling Freight Terminal has monthly operating sessions. A message is sent to several interested modelers and operators in the area about a week beforehand. I’ve typically been operating on the fourth Thursday of the month and a layout in nearby Las Cruces hosts a session on the second Thursday. August was busy for the usual crew and only Robbie was able to attend the recent session.
The layout is usually operated by a pair of two-man crews. One crew works the team yard and the other works the freight house. Since there were just the two of us, we decided to each work as a crew to sort the incoming freight cars then work as a two-man crew to pull and spot cars at the team yard.
Robbie is a regular operator and we worked smoothly, wrapping up the team yard in a couple of hours. After lunch, we lined up the cars for the freight house and completed the tasks in another couple of hours. We moved nearly all of the 98 freight cars on the layout during the session.
Robbie had to head home so the outbound cars were left in the yard. I’ll probably classify them for the six outbound destination over the next few days.
I was about to shut the layout down when the cars in the team yard caught my eye. I realized they were all proper models for the 1926 setting. I don’t recall seeing the team yard filled with freight cars that all fit my modeling era. Sure, a few remain unpainted but they all reflect prototypes that were among the 1926 railroad fleets. This railroad is starting to appear like I want it to be.
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