|Our second operations for Bay Rails 2011 took place on Friday, March 18th. One of the other
layout owners needed to cancel his operating session so the C&M stepped into a pinch hitting
role. We had eight guest operators and two "mentor/helpers", plus, of course the slave driving
Superintendent. We had guests from Pennsylvania, Arizona, Missouri and California. A
widespread group but they all knew how to operate a railroad.
We had some good statistics (moved 394 cars - the same number of trains but one fewer car than
yesterday's group) which indicates that either the dispatcher cheated on the train sheet or our
operators did a good job. Probably the latter, but it was fun. We operated for approximately 44
fast clock hours (about 5,5 actual operating hours). Anyway you look at it, we moved a lot of cars.
The operators included Dispatcher Eric Dervinis (Wayne PA), Yardmasters Tom Crawford (Fremont, CA) and David Doiron (Tempe, AZ),
and operators Jon Cure (Moorpark, CA), Mike Coen (Piedmont, CA), Richard and Venita Lake (St. Louis, MO) and Tom Melka (Merin,
CA). Our helpers again were Andy Schnur and Steve Kleszyk. A great group of people with whom I enjoyed operating.
4 1st class passenger trains, 0 2nd class Fast Freights (#210 & #211)
13 turns (out plus back), 14 through freights
6 PRR interchanger's (3 out plus 3 back), 4 boat interchanger's (2 out and 2 back)
0 Ann Arbor Interchange runs (out plus back), 2 unit coal trains (one south and one north)
Online customer deliveries/pick ups totalled 97 cars at industrial sidings and in addition, we even picked up/setout a total of
12 express loads in our passenger operations.
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|dispatcher job. Steve worked with him
initially, but Eric kept traffic moving all
day. We moved 41 trains in our moved
well, so it was a very good job. Thanks
Eric, for volunteering for this key position
and doing a great job.
Andy, an experienced C&M operator and
dispatcher took over from Eric toward the
little of the layout. As expected, Andy
kept thing moving. Thanks Andy.
|yardmaster job. David kept the yard moving all
day. The photo above shows the yard pretty
full, but David took everything that was thrown
at him and kept everything moving, all with
minimal help from others. This was David's first
visit to the C&M and he did a remarkable job in
the yard. One of the best Grand Rapids YM
shows ever. Quite impressive David.
It appeared that everyone had a good time so it was a great operation. I really enjoyed seeing old
straight days, but our guests are the greatest people in the world. They made operating very easy and fun
for me and they put up with little issues (and some big ones too) and I really enjoyed the entire process.
Thanks for visiting and operating the Chicago & Mackinaw Railroad.
See you next time.
Bob Osborn, Superintendent, Chicago & Mackinac Railroad
|Tom reluctantly volunteered for the Mackinaw
City Yardmaster job. Although Tom has
operated on the C&M before, he has never
accepted a yardmaster position. Andy worked
with Tom for the first part of the operations
and the yard remained open all day. Trains
moved in and out with little delay. Things got a
bit crowded for awhile, but Tom got things
cleared up. Amazing. Thanks Tom.
|We moved some coal ($$ for the C&M). Here it is
photographed with loads heading south at
Charlevoix (between Petoskey and Traverse City,
on its way to the West Olive Consumers Power Plan.
|Helper Service on the C&M??
|We got off to a great start.
Communters #86 and #87 pulled off
their scheduled meet in Traverse City
without a hitch.
Back Row: Tom C., Mike, Tom M., Eric, Richard & Steve
Back Row: Bob, Jon, David, Venita & Andy
A Great Crew, although a bit out of focus!