Disclaimer: Lots to post today so get comfortable, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy!
And remember to check in on Ralph's Kings Port Division Blog to checkout what's happening with the earlier block of freight cars sent his way. http://kingsportdivision.blogspot.com/
To: West Mill / Rock Ridge
From: Terminal Yard
Car Movements at Empire City
The 1/87th scale gangs all here! The 1/87th scale trainmen and tower operators of the N.Y.C.T.L. have gathered at Terminal Yard to welcome the newest N.Y.C.T.L. employee 1/87 scale ATJOE.
1/87th scale Engineer Ed and Conductor John will take charge of 1/87th scale ATJOE's first day of training and orientation. Hoping to ride in one of the legendary F-7s on the roster 1/87th scale Double E explains that they are great road engines but not good for switching with their limited ground visibility. With EC-1 having some switching work today the GP-35s will be 1/87th scale ATJOE's first motive power ride. Lesson #1 is in the books
Back at North Side Yard 1/87th scale Sir Neal chats it up with his brakeman conductor as they plan the morning moves. NYMX #1020 is a new addition to the roster having been purchased at a recent L.H.S. sale. It came in a Varney Box but not certain it is actually a Varney product.
The North Side Yard crew pulls this Cargill Covered Hopper from Cargill as 1/87th scale Bobby G sorts steel coils from Kings Port Steel in the Gervaise Pipe & Fitting yard.
1/87th scale Sir Neal has pulled these 57' Mechanical Reefers from Ralph's Grocery Warehouse, and cars from several other industries.
The Cargill covered hopper, loaded with barley for Cavendish Fine Foods & Spirits in Kings Port NY, is set on track#2 with the other cars heading out of town later on the Empire City Turn from Terminal Yard
Good ol EL #73510 is on the move thru Empire City heading towards Walsh Steel Wool Products for a load of muffler mesh consigned to ACME Auto Parts in Mayfield NY
EL 73510 is shoved into the Walsh Steel Wool Products siding
instead of languishing in the virtual ops box. Readers will remember this car from earlier in the series when we focused in on the R.T.M.F. using EL 73510 as one example. We'll catch up with this car down the road in another P.C.C.M. series.
As 1/87th scale Sir Neal finishes up the morning switching duties in Empire City 1/87th scale ATJOE is about to take his first trip. Always the gentlemen 1/87th scale Engineer Ed lets the new guy board first. "After you sir"
And away we go! Train EC-1 the morning Empire City Turn heads out of Terminal Yard.
The empty NYC boxcars, destined for Circle Wire & Cable in Maspeth Queens to be loaded with wire for IBM in Binghamton NY, will be interchanged with the L.I.R.R. at North Side Yard. The AP RBL is also empty and is headed for Neal's Lumber & Hardware for a load of veneer paneling.
EC-1 makes it's first stop at Heileman Brewery to pick up empty B&M RBL 109 and NYC 40' Hi Cube boxcar #173861 loaded with cases of tall neck bottled beer for Reynolds Beverage in Kings Port NY.
1/87th scale Engineer Ed Points out to ATJOE the Heileman Brewery spotting location for 50' boxcars as he eases the cars to a stop.
EC-1 gets ready to proceed from Bedford Station. The trio of NYC boxcars would normally be in the virtual ops box at this point after they were pulled from All City Storage in an earlier installment but a new routing to the L.I.R.R. has them out on the layout in revenue service.
1/87th scale Double E has the GP35s and Train EC-1 moving at a nice clip over the Empire City viaduct.
The 1/87th scale North Side Yard boys give ATJOE a hearty welcome as ED-1 enters the Hohman Ave entrance to North Side Yard
1/87th scale Double E has cut off the B&M and NYC car from EC-1 on track 3 and shoved them onto the rear of soon to be Train EC-2 on track 2. The ol' Professor is showing his newest student some of the time saving moves that have made him famous.
EC-2 heads out of North Side Yard for the return to Terminal Yard
EC-1 looking good thru Bedford NY.
Last stop before Terminal Yard. EC-2 is at the University Mill Work siding and pulls PC 160502 and TPFX 5510 loaded with cabinetry for Battaglia Bros. Warehouse in Kings Port NY. They'll shove back to Berk Enterprises and pick up a loaded boxcar from Berk Enterprises.
P&E 40' boxcar 3638 loaded at Berk Enterprises with packaging materials for Cavendish Fine Foods & Spirits in Mayfield NY is coupled up to the Cargill covered hopper, also destined for Cavendish. How about that! You can almost hear 1/87th scale EE after this move telling his passenger, 'This is how we do it around here'
EC-2 arrives on track 1 at Terminal Yard with cars for the Kings Port Division fore & aft.
But not to worry the Terminal Yard switcher will make short work sorting the cars brought in with EC-2 into their outbound trains.
With his first day in the books 1/87th scale ATJOE meets the guys at the Hitchin Post Saloon in Empire City for a round or three of Cavendish's finest.
That's it for today! Tomorrow we'll wrap up my portion of P.C.C.M. 36 and turn it over to Ralph for delivery and forwarding of the freight cars sent his way.