As usual the end of summer and beginning of fall are busy times that don't allow as much time for working on the layout. I'm still making progress here and there and setting up for the big backdrop installation project, which will begin soon.
Operating sessions themselves are a real highlight of the hobby these days, a great chance to bring guys together for a common goal. And, before the session, a nice diversion from construction continues to be the preparation for the operating sessions! We had one just last weekend on 9/10/16 and I thought I'd put a few images here for your enjoyment.
The session started at 1750 'fast time' on our 3:1 fast clock. Darkness came quickly and most of the session was run while the sun was 'down'. Here, Conrail SD40-2 6437 leading train SEIN (Selkirk, NY to Indianapolis, IN) slowly grinds through the interlocking at CP280 and heads west on the South Runner to make his pick-up.
Earlier in the session, Conrail B40-8 5088 led train SEEL (Selkirk, NY to Elkhart, IN) west passing the old, abandoned tower at CP282. He was putting his train back together after making a pick-up.
Here's a typical scene at the east end of Onondaga Yard at CP280, with the car department's truck waiting to give a brake test to WADE-30 once DE-30 is put together.
These night shots capture some of the feel we go for on the Onondaga Cutoff - long, cool-but-humid nights along the former New York Central in the days of Conrail. Things will be getting busy soon with installation of the backdrop, all of which is now on-hand, so stay tuned for some updates on that process!