|Operations - June 16, 2009
|We had a great crew and everyone seemed to have a good time. We only had six operators
plus the superintendent and that seemed to work very well. It is making me rethink the optimal
crew size. I used to think the more the better, up to about ten operators or more, however, I
am now not convinced that a large crew is necessarily better. Stay tuned.
|We had six crew members plus the superintendent, but we made the railroad hum. Since we only had 6 operators, the Superintendent took over the
yardmaster positions, Since Les Dahlstedt had a very early flight in the morning and needed to leave a bit early, he, along with John Blunden, Earl
Girbovan and Andy Schnur took over the hogging duties. Everyone kept pretty busy and the yardmasters even had a chance to get out of the yard
and do a different job.
0 1st class passenger trains
2 2nd class Fast Freights (#210)
6 through freight
2 PRR interchanger's (out and back)
Online customer deliveries/pick ups totalled 91 cars at industrial sidings and in addition,
we even picked up/setout a total of 0 express loads in our passenger operations.
|The first meet of the day took place in Cadillac with the extra 325 southbound through train met the Cadillac Turn.
The second meet was the Passenger Steam Fan Trip running from Fort Wayne all the way to Mackinaw City. The
picture is the PRR M1a, 4-8-2 running through Comstock Park Yard and the second one is Andy watching the big
steamer running through Cadillac.
|(not small in stature or size, just
small on numbers) Bob did the
Since we had such a small crew
dispatching as he walked around
the layout running trains and
taking pictures. It was a blast.
|The Moves of the Day
|Meets and Steam!
|destinations for our cars, ie: PRR and Boat. Interesting question that
deserves some pondering, which I will be doing before the next
operations. Also, I will be pondering the crew size for future operations.
Things went pretty well with 6 operators plus the Super. I am thinking
that maybe a 7 man crew could be optimal.
Input on both issues (and any other operating issues) is certainly
Great operations, see you all next time.