Finishing up, a month later…

Finishing Up

Well, it took more than a month, but I’ve now finished running the freight extra to Port Rowan that Robin Talukdar and I started back in early December.

I was in the layout room doing something else and realized, “Hey – I have 15 minutes: that’s all I’ll need.” So, out came the throttle and I reassembled the train in Port Rowan, then ran it back to its terminal in Hamilton (actually, staging), with a stop in St. Williams to collect a couple of cars we’d set on the siding for retrieval on the return trip.

Finishing Up

I don’t often run the layout by myself anymore: I have done it enough times that there’s nothing really new in the experience for me (and that’s the reality of closely modelling a specific prototype: things tended to be done the same way, day in and day out. That’s great for a real railway, which is about doing a job – less so for a model railway, which is about having fun).

But sometimes when I’m in the mood I’ll have at it – and this was one of those times. I do need to find more of those times, as I enjoyed the 15-minute ops session. (Better yet, I need to find time to invite friends over to run with me!)

Overall, the layout ran well – although I had a couple of instances where my wireless throttle dropped its Wi-Fi connection, which is odd since it’s never more than 20 feet from the base station.

To read more about the start of this particular run, click on either of the photographs.

4 thoughts on “Finishing up, a month later…

  1. You make a fine point vis a vis strictly following a specific prototype. A couple of years ago I did an N-Scale module featuring a full-scale recreation of the old ADM mill in Streetsville, ON. It was 100% accurate in terms of spur lengths and track geometry and I even talked to a CP engineer who switched it in real life. He filled me in on the exact operating procedure and while it was fun and required following a certain formula to switch efficiently, it quickly got old and repetitive. So it never even got to the scenicking stage before I decided to move on.

  2. My first take away is that I can set up and run a job, take any breaks I want and come back to it which is a neat idea. Second the point that at some point it any “job” becomes deja vu all over again. One of the enjoyable parts of this hobby is that there are so many different aspects to it one can alway find something new to explore. I do find I hit a stage where all the gears are whirling but none want to engage so nothing happens. Blogs such as your provide a nice nudge to help me find a new muse. Not real efficient but then again that is what the job was all about. This is a hobby.

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