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Bradford County Safari and LSOPS 9 (Part 2)

Part 1 here.

Continuing on from Towanda to Allentown, I hooked up with 3 other attendees for LSOPS 9. We were scheduled to visit 3 railroads on our visit, but one layout owner had to drop out due to unexpected illness. This worked out for the best, as we then spent an entire day at Jim Hertzog’s amazing Reading Railroad. First, though, we spent all of Friday evening at Larry Reynolds’ PRR Horseshoe Curve layout :

We spent nearly 6 hours at Mr. Reynolds’. I was assigned to the east end of Altoona yard, and was too busy to really get a good look at the rest of the huge layout!

The next morning we were up bright and early, and headed to Jim Hertzog’s for a crew brief and morning op session. After a break for lunch at an excellent nearby café located right next to the NS tracks, we returned to Jim’s place for an afternoon session. For the morning session, I was assigned a mine turn that ran from Shamokin to Locust Summit and back. For the afternoon session, I marked up on a coal drag from Gordon to Shamokin and back. All these trains were headed by Reading steam. (Hooray!!)

Jim Hertzog’s Reading:

A most excellent weekend. I would encourage anyone who is interested in model railroad operations to attend one of these events, even if you are relatively inexperienced. Most layout owners are very accommodating towards neophytes who are truly interested in “playing the game.”

Note: A slightly longer version of this write-up was published in the Division 5, Mid Central Region December 2017 “Trainwire” Vol. XIII No. 12. Full PDF of that issue here.

Wordless Wednesday #138

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #95

“WW #137” of a week ago shows us high-stepping #119 rolling a mixed freight along at track speed. The plume of steam above the boiler could be from the safety valves lifting, or from the whistle blasting for a grade crossing near the photographer. Combination car #206 carries the markers at the rear. Location is not known to me.

Wordless Wednesday #137

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #94

Businesses run on paper. Railroads are no different, and the S&NY had its share. “WW #136 is a surviving example of one of the numerous forms the railroad used to keep track of things, in this case “foreign road” cars belonging to railroads other than the S&NY. According to the car usage rules at the time, foreign cars still on non-home rails at a certain time (usually midnight) required the non-home railroad to pay a usage fee (demurrage) to the owning railroad. This slip of paper allowed the S&NY to keep track of which cars belonging to other railroads were on S&NY property, and when the S&NY would have start paying that fee to the owning railroads.

Wordless Wednesday #136

Author’s Collection

Talky Tuesday #93

Last week’s “WW #135” gives us an interesting rear view of S&NY caboose #15. The rear flagman is just about to drop off and protect the rear of the train; or has just climbed back on board and is about to wave a highball to the engine. A few cars ahead is a flat that looks to be loaded with tractors or other machinery. An extension connected to the trainline airhose may be attached to either a valve allowing the crew to apply the brakes during a back-up move, or an air-whistle to also protect a reverse movement. The flagman is unidentified, unfortunately, as is the location.

Wordless Wednesday #135

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics