After the last operating session, I had two more trains to run:
- CP 949 (Winnipeg to Brandon via Georgetown); and
- CP 975 (Brandon to Minnedosa)
Both are fairly limited in the switching they do in Georgetown, so they were quicker than CP 948 in particular to run.
The instructions for CP 949 specify that it runs from Winnipeg to Brandon, picking up any westbound cars from the siding and dropping any Georgetown-bound cars in the siding. As it happens, it did both!
Here’s the video showing CP 949 from start to end:
I also recorded a short “on board” video using my cell phone in a very Rube Goldberg style mount on a gondola.
Check out the setup:
Note the weights clamped on to the right to counterbalance the phone. This made for a very wide load and it is not ideal. I’d appreciate any suggestions for inexpensive on-board cameras…
The last train was CP 975, the Minnedosa local returning to Minnedosa.
Its switching instructions for Georgetown are to spot any Georgetown-bound cars, pick up any Minnedosa-bound cars, and head out on the Minnedosa subdivision to staging.
The train did have a car to spot on the interchange track, but it had nothing to pick up, so it was a quick stop in Georgetown before going to staging.
That’s the end of the CP trains that operate on my layout! The four trains that operated were:
- CP 976, Minnedosa local, from Minnedosa to Brandon
- CP 948, eastbound mainline freight, from Brandon to Winnipeg, with a lot of switching in Georgetown
- CP 949, westbound mainline freight, from Winnipeg to Brandon
- CP 975, Minnedosa local, returning from Brandon to Minnedosa
The only train I can see adding on the CP side of my layout would be a VIA Rail RDC to run on the Minnedosa subdivision. I don’t have room in CP’s staging for a full size passenger train.
Next I will be working on the scheduling for CN trains, and then I’ll be running those. I might work on coordinating the schedules to have a meet or two in Georgetown rather than just running them in sequence.