crew is busy all the time--no one is allowed to just stand around and
stare blankly at the layout. NOT!
Here is a
photo I took summer 2006 at Ashlan Yard, the major classification yard
on the RR. The loco is on arrival/departure track 2.
To its right are the mainline and siding, up against the hillside. The
freight cars are in the classification tracks.
The cabooses are on the, guess what, caboose track. In the distance are
some grey L&N locos in the engine terminal.
In the far distance the mainline continues south to Kingsport, which is
a hidden staging area behind the scenes.
All of Gary's track and switches are hand laid. His equipment is not superdetailed
with fragile parts, because it is heavily operated
every month by a crew of 10 to 20 for up to eight hours at a time. New
operators are welcome to visit and perhaps join in,
with an email first to Bruce Morden, our designated "assistant whatever."
Gary's major interest in the model railroad hobby is trackwork and scenery.
It is evident he is one of the great masters in the hobby.
is a historic photo I found in Gary's trash.
Gary has assiduously concealed his computer expertise from his crew, pretending
that he hasn't a clue about it.
Incidentally, Gary doesn't really have a big head, it just looks like
it. He's the nicest guy in the world.
Since we are showing
prototype photos of coal yards, here is my favorite! I got this off
the Library of Congress website, IIRC (If I Recall Correctly). It is
at Norfolk, Virginia in 1915 and warrants a close look.
This might be compared to Ashlan Yard, except this yard looks better
organized. The cuts actually look blocked.
Be sure and scroll WAY to the right, this is a panoramic photo.