|Photos of October 16, 2007 Ops Session
|We had first time C&M yardmasters in Grand Rapids and in Mackinac City, our dispatcher,
although experienced, was the first time dispatching the C&M, we had two first time C&M
operators and we were two crew members short of a full crew. Wow, despite all of that, things
moved along pretty well. Our other operators have operated on the C&M before, and did a
great job of making the railroad hum.
|dispatching, which he polished off with not problem. Les Dahlstedt handled the Mackinac City yardmaster
The other operators functioned as the train crews and included John Blunden, along with first time C&M
operators, Dick Roberts (who came in from the San Diego area) and Stanley Keiser. Again this session,
we had problems with the radios, however, I now believe I know how to take them off of VOX (I had to read
the instructions). Next session, we should not have that problem at the beginning of the sessions.
The two Pere Marquette passenger E-7's both mysteriously died at the same time up in Mackinac City
Yard. Still do not know what happened, but I reset the decoders back to the original factory settings and
after some quick programming, both units run just fine. Unfortunately, I have no idea what caused the
problem so I cannot figure out how to prevent it happening again in the future. Although the problem did
facilitate the Move of the Day.
|4 passenger trains
6 turns (out and back)
6 through freight
2 PRR interchanger's (out and back)
2 boat interchanger's (estimated - out and back)
Our on-line customers were served well, as we delivered and picked up a total of 43
cars at industrial sidings (not including the Walton Junction and Kalkaska Branch
setouts/pickups) and in addition, we even picked up/setout a total of 10 express
loads in our passenger operations.
Considering the issues noted above, the session went extremely well!
|Another great ops session -
|The move of the day:
|Here is visitor
Dick Here is
looks like he
interchanger, with 2
Seth's GRI siding.
|Here is Andy, the Grand Rapids,
Although it looks like the yard is pretty
full now, he kept the yard pretty clear
with a good flow all night. Good job
|Here's John checking his
waybills in Cadillac -
Turn. John went out and
back in record time.
|Les volunteered for the Mackinac City
Yardmaster job. It was a tough job.
You can see the yard is pretty full at
this time. And it gets worse! I see the
Superintendent in the background. He
looks like he is having a good time.
Things must be running well!!!
|Here's John checking his
waybills on a NB Through
Freight in Grand Rapids
|John & Andy discuss John's next
assignment. Boy, GR Comstock Park
Yard (at the right of the photo) looks
|At the end of the night a mini bull
area. Here are Les, John, Dick, Seth