I came home early on Friday for a last minute tidy up in the shed. I also had to run train number 11 to Murwillumbah, run around and run back to Grafton Yard for stabling for the timetable run. Upon closer inspection I found that a couple of trains were staged in the wrong order in oneof the loops. So I swapped them over. I gave a couple of tracks a rub over with the track rubber and ran a loco back and forth over those areas. This was to generally sidings that don't get trains over them that hopefully were to be run over this weekend. I randomly tested a few loco to ensure they were still in consists - and everything was.
Just before I left work for home around lunch time, I received a call from Old Mike. He had completed the factory he was building. I arranged to come over that afternoon to pick it up later that afternoon. Sorry I never got around to taking a photo. Maybe next week.
On Saturday morning I placed the factory in its chosen location in Kyogle at the end of one of the sidings. It will become the Veneer Company's building. Might be renamed to Boyde's Veneers. I set up the tea, coffee and spoons and washed up the coffee mugs again. The fridge was stocked with Beers and softdrinks. I also got the boss's clear nail polish and hit most of the diverging frogs on the Peco large radius insulfrog points were I get occasional shorts from the loco wheels.
At 1:00pm, I had just one attendee. But soon after we had the rest show up. I had three guys sign their indemity form and acceptance of the layout rules. I wrote my rules during the week, from some info that I found discussed on a yahoo group - Ry-ops-industrialSIG. Mine start off serious, but go down hill pretty fast. The first draft was circulated on Tuesday Night this week and got a few chuckles and two signed copies returned. Unfortunately, for the running session we only had Shelton, Barry, Darren, Brendan, Rob, Greg and myself running. One was OS (PK), one has just returned from OS and had his family over (Peter), one was working on his new exhibition layout (Geoff) and one intended newbee was under the thumb from his boss - hey Darryl - and wasn't allowed out to play with the boys. I had also asked a couple of others and they also could not attend. So, Darren assumed the position of North Coast Control and Shelton was the Yard Master at both Grafton Yard and Acacia Ridge Yard and the running began.
Well we still had a few uncouplings - between locos in consists, or between wagons in a train. We still had a few derailments during the day. Feedback was consistant throught the day and some really good suggestions were made. A number of miniature clipboards the size of the timetable sheet will be made up, with a notepad behind and a pen allocated to each driver. This will assist the drivers in running their trains and making notes on the timetables when required. I found a few trains had the departure and arrival times on a crossing loop reversed. These will be fixed in the timetable this week. It was amazing how close a lot of the trains ran to the actual timetable time.
Some of the Crew caught looking at Rob's Plans when they should have been working - We have a railway to run you know!
Brendan's 2 x 38 Class Locos which he put together from Ron's pieces he was selling from the Brisbane Show 2 weeks ago.
The 38's hauling a trains of Austrains coaches towards Brisbane on Dusk. The interior lights in the coaches was turned on.
The Amplifer on the bench with two headsets and other junk.Today I had another modeller from the next suburb come over for talk about his layout. I think he went away convinced that the way he is heading is in the right direction. See you all next week.