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The Island Crew Finally Makes it to Moncton

Yes you read it right, on December 6th there was no snow, freezing rain, nothing. It was a good day to travel. I arrived at John’s shortly after 10 am and the Island guys were already there as were the local gang. Scott Derwin and Brian mad it over from the Island and John, Dave, Jim and myself from our local Ops. group. Even Albert stopped in for a minute to say hello.

Now things got started after a short ceremonial award presentation for Derwin.

Derwin's Award Cerimony

Every crew seams to have a demerit champion in it’s rank and for some reason Derwin is the Islands “Fall Guy” and I’m really not sure why as he ran all day and I never heard of one problem. Now our “Fall Guy” Jim, well now that is a different story all together.

Sorry just got off on a tangent, Back to Johns. Well Derwin decided to be Yard Master, Scott did the Riverview Switcher Job and Brian ran some trains on the long haul to Montreal and back. Dave was in Coverdale and the rest of us filled in as needed.

Scott in Riverview

I won’t mention any incidences of a certain engineer  running his train into another train in Coverdale while he was paying more attention to where he was coming from instead of where he was going to 😉

We took a break and had lunch and I have to admit that the Chilly was very tasty. Johns recipe was really good and yup it started kicking in later on in the day. After lunch some of the crew headed to the local hobby shop to seek out some bargains before heading over to Dave’s for the second Ops. of the day.

At this session Scott was Yard Master, Derwin was in Alma and Brian started in Hillsborough. John was in West Riverview, Jim had Baltimore while I had the task of running the trains from Moncton and Saint John to Riverview Yard. The first train was my favorite and not the run but the Consist of two very nice locomotives.

2-10-2 consist2-10-2 consist

As you can see this consist really caught the eyes of everyone there.

The crew working hard We were all busy doing our duties…well all but one of us. Again I won’t mention any names but the Baltimore switcher wasn’t busy at all and was bragging how efficient he was. His efficiencies (or inefficiencies)  soon came to light. He was sending cars back to the yard that were suppose to stay in Baltimore for unloading. I would hate to be the Baltimore switcher at the next ops session 🙂

We stopped for supper and had pizza. After we finished our session and everyone left for home. We all had a great time and I’m told the drive home to the Island did not take long at all with all the extra gas coming from the backseat of the car, eh Derwin 😉

Well this post is about a week late but I have been very busy lately and not a lot of time to spend on the ‘puter but better late than never eh?

See Ya


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