Weekend Report: Expanded miniature railway operation and many projects tackled as well
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Father’s Day weekend was a busy one. Michael Guy reports on Saturday’s miniature railway operations as follows:
“We had a good day today (Saturday), with 321 riders. We tried out the new schedule, which allowed two windows during the Railway Children performance to run trains during a time that we would normally be shut down. This process was aided considerably by a new signal system which showed red and green lights at the turntable (as shown in the image at the upper right) which can be seen from Don Station. The Railway Children train crew control both these lights and the blocks that are pulled in and out of the tracks so this was exactly what we needed to make this system work. When the show got out at 4:30 p.m., we ran two further trains to carry the rush of passengers who were coming out of the theatre.”
Sunday being Father's Day, we had another great day with lots of families out visiting us and all the people coming to see the show (“403 riders on Sunday alone” – Derek Boles). We had #6213 open for visitors and the miniature railway operations went flawlessly. Every window of opportunity was successfully used to operate the train using the plan and technology described earlier.
With our new expanded operational capability, we will now be running the miniature railway each week on a daily basis from Wednesday through Sunday.
Crews were also busy this weekend inside the roundhouse on a number of projects as shown in the images below.
Posting by Russ Milland; Images by Lance Gleich (above) and James Rasor (below).