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Monday, March 2, 2020

Friday Afternoon at the Layout

It was a busier afternoon session than usual and regrettably, I took no pictures because I forgot my camera, especially when Tom arrived with his very cute grand daughter, Emily, who wasted no time in taking over Tom's consist. Things ran very smoothly which speaks well of the teamwork between grand daughter and grampa. They ran the ore train after completing a manifest freight run. 
Rob and Peter arrived shortly and the latter seemed happy with his reconfigured GP [less momentum, more braking] that I brought to him. A little later Rick and Don arrived and added the oil train and a passenger train pulled by Don's PC steamer. 
After installing more fencing on the branch line, I joined in with another manifest freight. No major problems with layout infrastructure all afternoon although the 4-6-2 could use a Keep Alive to overcome some switch hiccups. All in all, the usual fun time.

Other Items:

1. This Tues.night [tomorrow as I write this] is meeting/work night. Come prepared to contribute any suggestions/concerns. 

2. A big encouraging shout out to Larry Mayberry rehabbing from a broken hip at home? We suggest running trains with your grand kids like Tom is a whole lot safer than skating, Larry!
You can always watch our layout u-tube Woodstock Model Railroad video 1 or 2 if you miss us that much. Or see a suggestion next.

3. I have discovered Bob Fallowfield's podcast recently where he discusses real and model railroading with special guests from a railside platform on the CN/VIA mainline east of Toronto. A former Huron Park S.S. student [when I was principal], Bob lives in St.Catharines and models the Woodstock area with his extensive layout. He is now up to Podcast 5 and all are quite interesting. There are 50+ trains along that stretch of track daily [when operating without Mohawk help] so interviews are frequently interrupted to watch both freight and passenger consists power by. The podcast is called PLATFORUM.  

See you tomorrow night.

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