I was back to visit Pierre Oliver’s SP Clovis Branch again last weekend. This is my second time operating the layout, and it continues to prove the merits of building a large basement sized layout premised upon the operation of two trains over a branchline. A unique twist to this operating session is the fact that you can read a few different accounts of the same day because all of the people at the operating session, including the host, are bloggers. Clicking on their name takes you to each person’s blog.
At my first operating session on the Clovis Branch with Robin Talukdar we operated the reefer extra. This time around we had two crews at the operating session, so Robin and I took the wayfrieght all the way up to Friant while Trevor Marshall and Stephen Gardiner ran the reefer extra. This was the first time the layout had been run all the way to Friant, so once again, Robin and I had the opportunity to prove the concept.
It was a great afternoon with good people and a fine dinner.