Friday, June 3, 2011

Test Operations Begin!

Last Saturday, 6 months & 2 days since construction began, Marcus, Mike, Steven and I ran an informal operations test session.  We started about 10 & with a break for lunch I think we ran until about 3.  Things went very well, with only a few minor issues identified.  Mike & Steven ran road freights & locals, Marcus ran a couple of road freights & worked Maybrook, and I worked Warwick.  I should have taken better (any) notes, but I think we ran 2 L&NE road freights, 3 L&HR road freights, 1 PRR road freight, 1 RDG unit coal train & 3 L&HR locals, plus 2 or 3 NH trains & 1 Erie in and out of Maybrook.  I handled dispatching verbally & very informally.  I put in place a last minute, like Saturday morning, waybill on car system, which left a lot to be desired & won't be repeated.  But, it served its purpose & provided some entertainment.  I'm sure I've not heard the last of it!  Anyway, I can't thank Marcus, Mike & Steven enough for their participation--it was most excellent to see the RR really start to come to life in the way I envisioned it. 

I asked for problem areas to be indentified with post it notes & the RR had a liberal coating of purple notes by the end of the test session.  But, the problems were all minor & all have been corrected.  I also wired the frogs on the NH Cedar Hill staging yard ladder, which seems to have helped with stuttering across the turnouts.  We had no isses with the the Phillipsburg/Allentown staging yard ladder, but I used all new turnouts there.  I used Peconic relay turnouts at Cedar Hill & I think I should have used new.  But, if wiring the frogs works, the used turnouts will probably stay in place. 


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed it Larry. Looking forward to operating again soon! Excellent job on construction!

  2. Hi Larry.

    I just dropped by for a look at your layout after seeing it mentioned on Steven's blog. It seems that your layout is a large one, designed for operation. I'd love to see some recent photos, when you have time to post an update.