Modelling what might have been in southeast BC and northwest Wasington

VanRail 2019

The biennial model railway operations event known as VanRail was held here from September 6 to 8th. I hosted sessions on all three days, and we operated using the new train scheme developed over the summer following that “Fateful Friday” and the lessons learned. More information about the event itself can be found on the VanRail web site.

All in all, the three sessions went well from my perspective, and there were no complaints voiced. The amount of work seemed about right, with the one exception of the Morning Star mine turn, which had been a last minute addition.

Of course, on the last day, Paul suggested a great way to enhance the challenge of the mine turn, and he then proceeded to successfully prove how it would work. The idea was to send the train up with more cars than could easily be run around, but that would still fit on the mine spur, necessitating more switching moves. In the end it all worked out as he expected it to, so now we can operate that train with two levels of difficulty, depending on the experience level of the operator.

Some photos from Friday with Dave, Rick, and Cal…

Some from Saturday with Andrew, Glen, and Jim…

And some from Sunday with Don, Norm, and Paul…

I am looking forward to having more layout built before the next VanRail in 2021. There is lots of work to do, but I have a great crew helping me!

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