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 Posted: Thu Oct 1st, 2009 12:59 pm
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Then we head back to the west end of the yard to pull cars from the Frisco interchange

These cars are then pulled to the east end of 3 rail. The hoppers are pulled and shoved down the 4 rail for the time being . The interchange cars are then shoved down the 3 rail and coupled to the pigs on the west end. This will be the head end of VL.

The hoppers and other cars for VL are pulled from the 4 rail and coupled to the caboose on 2 rail and shoved to the west end.

We pull forward and hold short of the yard office as the Spadra turn pulls into the yard.











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 Posted: Thu Oct 1st, 2009 01:09 pm
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The job then heads to the 4 rail, pulls the cab and sets it on the ladder, then pulls the cars for VL from the Spadra turn.

These cars are also spotted on the 2 rail. We go back and shove the cab to the caboose track on the west end.

From there we head back to the east end and park our power on the ramp track next to VL's power and go to break.

While the car knockers check the train a crew is called for VL.

Edit: As an aside, the power used on the yard job is an r/c controlled unit. No track power required. The GP7 is an Athearn "wide body" dummy containing rechargeable li-poly batteries (11.7 volts) and the receiver. The GP35 is a "wide body" powered unit. It is controlled by a standard 27mhz r/c car transmitter. I get between 6-8 hours of operation on a single charge. These units were modified by Woodie Greene and have been great runners.









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Ah yes !  MOPAC, Screaming Eagles and Buzzsaws!

 When I was in HO that was THE ROAD and the only one I modeled.  Your layout looks like a lot of fun to operate on. Brings back fond memories of later days.:apl: 



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Bob, thank you for your kind comments.  There are some fond memories..my first cab ride when I was in the 6th grade, touring the caboose.  In fact if I ever get started on the Clarksville branch, I am going to model the house I lived in when I got that cab ride. We lived just up the road from the branch in Clarksville(I was there during the 6th & 7th grade).



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That's neat they gave you a cab ride. I used to play in the 10th st yards here in Wichita.   I walked the Mopac to  Grade school & Jr high school too.

Those old geep 7 &9s were the rage of the day. There was a string of Mop stream line baggage cars parked on a siding we really enjoyed playing in.  Your idea of your  childhood home for your layout will be a fun thing to model.



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The neat thing is I went back a few years ago and met the couple living there now.  I had a chance to photograph the exterior and tour the interior to see what had changed since I lived there (not much...the kitchen was updated though).  The big windows in the living and dining rooms, my upstairs bedroom and first train room across the hall (HO on the floor).  I had the whole upstairs to myself (all two rooms) :bg:.  But it was a great experience.



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As soon as the weather gets back to "normal", I will continue on with the operations on the Mogollon Railway. I love to read Mopman's verbage, I have run on his layout and can assure everyone that the operations he describes are "for real". Interestingly, Jim's layout is inside and runs perfectly so there are never any vulgarities uttered. My railroad is outside and we cuss up a storm so the neighbors keep their kids inside. Different strokes.............       Woodie



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With the weather forecast for this week (more rain), you might as well bring your equipment over here to operate or hire out as a brakie on the Mop for the week.



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Friday thru Monday (16th - 19th) look to be clear and sunny, highs in the 60's (as of today anyway), so perhaps the Mogollon can get a run in on Sunday once the mud turns back to dirt.

Of course, the MOP can run ANY day!



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Since I acquired a couple of "new" units, I thought I would help the break in with a run on the Spadra turn.  In this pic the turn is spotting a couple of empty gons at Davis Salvage.

The lead unit is a Hallmark brass GP18 and the second unit is a Proto GP9 reworked to MOP standards



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