|Amby switching the first revenue train at Falmouth|
The Aquia Line hosted its first Ops Session since the start of COVID and the expansion of the railroad. Amby Nangeroni, Leonard White, and Jacob Hol were the gallant volunteer operators. I acted as trouble shooter and official napper. I maintained a log of problems encountered by the operators.
|Leonard and Jacob working number 7 at |
|The conductors check their paperwork|
|Two trains with 10-cars each at Brooke is a problem. |
The operators had to saw by using the stub siding
We found box car 2429 with tight wheel gauge on the brake truck. Also 1344 needs new trucks, but I know that car was problematic.
The telegraph worked well. Once the engines were on the road, the messages were fairly constant. I may need a dispatcher as an active job in future ops sessions.
Having meets with two 10 car trains at Brooke is a problem. The siding isn't long enough. Today the crews had to saw-by each other. The ultimate solution would due to extend the siding, but that would be difficult in the current track plan. The short term solution is to move the meet to Stonemans.
|Amby runs the first revenue train over the new expansion|