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Gandydancing, again

I’ve not been doing much on my own railroad for a while, as I spent a number of weekend work sessions helping to build the benchwork for a layout for a young gentleman (to support the Wishes and More Foundation). That benchwork has been finished, so I’ve been back to my own railroad. The next …

It’s all fun and games

  I have apparently not made the op session hard enough.   The crew has enough time for mirth & frivolity. Don’t worry.   I’m not trying to be a cruel and vindictive dungeon master as I set up the op sessions.   I want the crews to have fun.   Since one crew member …

Track repairs

I’ve asked my crews to drop a flag every time that a car or engine derails that’s not obviously the crew’s fault (e.g., running through a switch isn’t interesting). Ideally, they’ll put a note on the flag with the car number and any other relevant information (direction of travel, orientation of car, etc). I provide …

It wasn’t a fluke

The second op session on the State Belt happened last night.   Unfortunately, the company photographer fell down on his duties, so evidence is lacking unless the guilty parties wish to come forward and corroborate the story. There’s trackwork that needs to be done before the next one.   Alas. But it’s all fun anyway.

First Op Session!

At 1:30pm today, engineer Vos (P), along with conductor Vos (D), started a shift at the State Belt enginehouse.   After a quick stop at the clerk’s office to pick up some B-7’s, the crew made their way to Pier 43, where they picked up 8 cars off an inbound Santa Fe car float. Over …

The Runaround

Tracklaying, switch machine installation, and wiring has been completed such that the first section of track along the Embarcadero is functional, including the first run-around on the layout.   There’s enough track stubbed out on the north side to hold a 10 car train, and enough on the south end to allow an engine and …

So just what am I doing now?

I’ve had several people ask “what am I doing” and “how big is this layout”.   I’m building the State Belt Railway of California, which served parts of the waterfront of San Francisco, mainly the parts in the “older” parts of town (there were extensive docks & shipyards further south, served by the SP, SF …

More track laying

[ Okay, so it was a long hiatus, for more than just track acquisition.  ] There is now track feeding into the North Point & Beach Street line.   Along The Embarcadero is the “main line” of the State Belt, two or three tracks with a host of crossovers between the tracks and spurs serving industries …

Train’s a-coming down the track

Customers along North Point are excited about the coming of the railroad.  Now Simmons Mattresses can be loaded into boxcars for shipment throughout the western states.  Cream of Tartar can be shipped from Stauffer Chemical.  And Nash Distributors might finally be able to fill their warehouse space with incoming shipments.   Okay, we’re still wondering just …

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