Today was the day I invited a number of good friends over to give the D&H a good workout. I had called it the Golden Spike ceremony, however, as all the track is now laid, and I did not have a golden spike on hand, things quickly developed into a operations session.
Per my previous post, I had completed a fair bit of planing for the occasion, with train cards, full train schedule, fast clock etc. So all was sitting in readiness just waiting for the big wheels to roll on the D&H.
At the prescribed time, my good friends, Rod Warren, Bill Black, John Colliver, Graeme Meyer, Peter Sutton, Noel Purdey, Ron McFarlane and Chris Elliot had arrived with throttles in hand and eager to put the D&H through its paces.
After a quick inspection and a bit of discussion the run button was pressed on the JMRI fast clock and trains started to move.
The newly installed, and as yet untested, dispatcher phone system was soon humming with dispatcher to engineer instructions.
The time table was set up for a 6:1 fast clock and 18 hours of fast clock time. It soon became apparent the the fast clock was too fast and I reduced it to 5:1. This seemed to suit the planned schedule just nicely.
Here are a few pictures from the event.
In terms of the flow of the day, two trains in the middle of the schedule did not run due to the lack of engineers. While the room had 9 people in it, it did not feel full and there is room for more..
There is room for improvement in terms of the schedule and next time I hope to have the card cards in operation for the layout.
All in all, the layout ran incredibly well for a first session and I'm very proud of how things went today. Bring on the next session..
Now back to getting the fascia installed.
Till next time.