|Below the benchwork view of a couple of operators plus layout dog.|
Phil's railroad has only been up and running a few months, and he is still working out the schedule, track alignments, procedures, etc. The BNSF layout represents New Mexico and Arizona operations sometime in the 60s/70s. I think this was just the third session (I've attended two), and the operators range from experienced to novice. No radios (we're all in one room) or signaling needed at this point as we are running on a mother may I dispatch and sequential schedule.
|It is close to the end of the session and 201C has been working pretty hard this evening along with it's train crew. They forgot to turn off their headlight before moving on to the next assignment. (I was the crew...)|
Staging is double-ended and fully visible and accessible. DCC control, some sound locomotives, carpeting, benchwork low - 39.5" due to room restrictions.
Things work pretty smoothly already, and most of the adjustments are going to be to work balance and scheduling. Best thing is that locals are mostly free to work at their own speed without too much bother from the mainline trains.
The layout is pretty loosely prototypical, and I think the flavor of railroading is the priority here. The challenge of such a layout is to provide some sort of framing that makes the work on the layout relevant to something in the real world, or to highlight some type of operational aspect. It will be interesting to see how this develops!