Not much to talk about regarding layout progress mid month since I have been on vacation. I instead wanted to bring a neat perspective to that moment that a layout goes from being a model train to model railroad system.
So taking back this observation to the MCIS St. Clair Subdivision I can look at the cars and engines in Bay Yard and know that they are not just models sitting on Atlas Code 83 and cork sheets but actually cars enroute to be unloaded or loaded in the North American rail system. Many of times before this snapshot cars had been on the layout were staged to allow train running but the way the cars are now was the result of physical gathering, distribution, and linehaul operation. So this snapshot was that one drive by you could say and the next drive by will be after the next operating day (ops session). Best part is the yard will look completely different...... if it doesnt look any different... well I will let you figure that out.
East End Snapshot
|Yard power at DSF, Yard 5 - Bay City local cars (closest in foreground), Yard 4 - Mackinaw City cars,|
Yard 3 - Grand Rapids cars, Yard 2 - Port Huron cars
|Yard 2 - Port Huron cars (3rd track from left), Yard 3 - Grand Rapids cars, Yard 4 - Mackinaw City cars, |
Yard 5 - Bay Local cars, DSF with yard power
Yard 2 Port Huron:
VMID double door box returning to Virginia for lumber reload which will route MCIS-CN-NS-VMID
WCOX hoppers moving outbound ag products from MAC elevator in the background to southeast customers