Here are some car movement photos from past operations during the Summer on the N.Y.C.T.L. These operations were the result of the "Virtual Ops" between the N.Y.C.T.L. and Ralph V's Kings Port Division; http://kingsportdivision.blogspot.com/
One of the things I like about the virtual ops is that someone else decides where the freight cars are going. When I run my solo lone wolf ops coming up with car destinations is not one of my strong points. Having a train made up for me on another railroad with destinations already established adds some nice 'realism' to the operation. I can now concentrate on how to best get the cars from the inbound train to their consignee.
A printed switch list helps to block freight cars and remember where they need to go once the train pulls out of Terminal or North Side Yard
The switch list in photograph #1 shows these two flatcars go to track 9 where they will be loaded T.O.F.C.
1/87th scale Engineer Ed gives the safety briefing. 1/87th scale Conductor John checks his watch as Double E. starts to wax poetic and the two portly brakemen from the extra board daydream about the all you can eat linguini at Musachia's Italian Ristorante in West Mill NY
Switching out the Wonder /Hostess Plant in Bedford NY. Switch list has these NYC cars going here so we're in good shape so far.
1/87th scale Engineer Ed is out on the platform to exchange pleasantries with Bedford Tower operator 1/87th scale John B.
1/87th scale Double E is back out on the platform to give Hohman Ave tower operator 1/87th scale Larry D a shout out and remind him of their upcoming pilgrimage to the A.P.R.R. The railroad of 1:1 Sir Neal. Meanwhile there is some police activity going on in the background.
Train EC-1 has finally reached North Side Yard after all the stopping and gabbing.
Now identified as EC-2 the train leaves North Side Yard and heads back to Terminal Yard with two cars from Wonder / Hostess
The Empire Belt hosts the trial runs of newly repaired Lehigh Valley FA1s. See here for the issues affecting these units;
1/87th Scale Sir Neal is at Neal's Lumber and Hardware supervising the switching of cars in his lumber yard. PC 77047 will be going to Ralph's Grocery Warehouse which is a bit further down the line.
PC 167872 is spotted inside Neal's lumber yard. NYC 173441 is also consigned to Neal's Lumber and Hardware and is considered "constructively placed" to use some railroad vernacular. The Empire Belt crew will switch the NYC car into Neal's right after lunch as 1/87th scale Sir Neal abhors any type of demurrage charges.
PC 77047 and EL 73510 get shoved into the Ralph's Grocery Warehouse siding under the supervision of 1/87th scale PC Ralph who is standing next to his jade green corvette
The Lehigh Valley FA1s are performing well and are a treat for the local rail fans
The inbound cars have been spotted at Ralph's Grocery Warehouse and the LV FA1s depart. A string of empties sits on the industrial lead
Back at Bedford NY the L.I.R.R. transfer run heads towards Empire City and North Side Yard. Looks like it's an ALCO kind of day!
L.I.R.R. 607 pulls into North Side Yard
The L.I.R.R. departs with it's train after interchanging cars. 1/87th scale Larry D given the L.I.R.R. crew a friendly wave as the Empire City Police continue their investigation.
Heading for home rails the L.I.R.R. Transfer runs thru Bedford Station.