I was honored in the Autumn of 2021 to have invitations to two trips that I'd hoped for years to be able to do: the deserts of Utah with Mark Hemphill and the operating model railroads of southern Michigan with the local modelers long part of the 'Great Lakes Getaway' invitational meet. Thanks to the grace and patience of my family, both were able to happen. We looked at some of the images from the desert last time, so today we will focus on the layouts.
To say that Mike Burgett's fabulous C&O layout is an inspiration to me would be an understatement. His work is second to none, and the atmosphere is top-grade:
Meeting Mike was a pleasure - his centralized traffic control (CTC) has always set a high bar for layouts. And seeing my friend David Patch, Mike's Chief Dispatcher, was an added bonus! Here's a photo of the three of us in Mike's incredible dispatching office.
Sitting with David Patch to learn the CTC machine and help dispatch the railroad was incredible. Here's David at the controls:
Thanks to Doug for organizing the meet and to Mike and all the hosts for a job well done!