Nothing Ever Goes As Planned

Nothing ever goes as planned
It’s a hell of a notion
Even Pharaohs turn to sand
Like a drop in the ocean
Styx (from their great album Paradise Theatre)

I had a little solo operating session on my layout a few weeks ago. It was really a positioning move for a “real” operating session I hope to have soon.

I wanted to place some grain cars at the Cargill elevator so I wrote up a Work Extra 3665 and sent it along with a half dozen grain cars and a caboose from Winnipeg to Helene to deliver the cars.

The move to Helene went OK, but while doing the switching moves at the elevator, I hit some dead track with the locomotive and everything stopped.

I tried cleaning the track but that didn’t help, so it must be an electrical issue. I think that section of track could use a set of feeders. Currently it gets power from an adjacent piece of track. The peninsula can shift a bit and maybe the connection to the next piece of track is loose enough now that it isn’t conducting electricity. Something to work on.

Anyway, here’s the video. I hope you like it!

A Giveaway!

Over on Confessions of a Train Geek I am giving away a copy of Eric Gagnon’s new book, Trackside with VIA: Research and Recollections. The instructions to enter are at the bottom of my book review or you can sign up for my mailing list for a chance to enter. The deadline is the end of May 8, Central time!

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  • Karl A

    It’s good to see you running trains! That is hands down the best way to find (an eliminate) those little gremlins.