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Re: AC&Y - Ohio's Road of Service
« Reply #240 on: February 20, 2021, 11:59:34 AM »
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The trestle may show up on the backdrop to the left of the GY Plant 2 structure.  Not sure what yet, but something will have to be done to the backdrop in that space.  A photo image of Plant 1 my be just the thing.  After I check the GY trackwork I want to mock-up Plant 2 with all the view blocks and such and run the jobs again to make sure the spots are accessible.  Then we'll see what makes sense for the backdrop.

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Re: AC&Y - Ohio's Road of Service
« Reply #241 on: February 25, 2021, 08:53:52 PM »
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The Road of Service reached a milestone of sorts today.  The first Spur 4 General Tire job ran, with paperwork supporting car forwarding.  Here's a shot of the MTYs being placed after pulling the loads from the outbound dock.  You can see the paperwork in the lower LH corner of the photo.


The car forwarding paperwork is generated with a spreadsheet.  It worked well for the General job and I'm tweaking things as I go.  For a small layout such as mine I think it will work just fine.  I've operated on layouts using Ship It!, JMRI, Car Cards and Car Tabs.  I prefer using switch lists and conductor's wheel reports but didn't really want to deal with a canned program.  I also wanted to include the use of simplified car service rules for routing LDs and MTYs out of Brittain to add a little bit of thought and chance to the yard work but still minimize the "clerking" aspect yard work so I don't drive guest operators away.  Here's a shot of Brittain with the next three Spur 4 jobs ready to go and cars classified by outbound road freight, Mogadore Valley, B&O transfer, Erie transfer and home road storage.



When I did my car inventory spreadsheet I found I had 200 cars ready to go, meaning lowered with body mounted couplers and weathered.  I was pumped, until I realized it was the result of 20 years of work.  10 cars a year.  Not so hot.  I will say that after drilling cars in the yard and running the General job I learned a LOT about the differences between the theory of lowering cars, trucks, wheel sets and couplers and the reality of same.  I think I'll run the other Spur 4 jobs to gather more data and then perhaps start a new thread on the subject to get some thoughts from the TRW crew.  I will say that I'm beginning to question some of what may be widely held beliefs.  Some perspective from others would be valuable.

Steve

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Re: AC&Y - Ohio's Road of Service
« Reply #242 on: February 25, 2021, 09:16:44 PM »
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The rounded front of your tire Co is really well done.

ANd I like your thinking about the spreadsheet.
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Re: AC&Y - Ohio's Road of Service
« Reply #243 on: February 26, 2021, 09:44:17 AM »
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I love it man.

I think you're hitting on something that many of us often forget. There's a lot to be thought about when it comes to the mechanics of aesthetics.

I love my 905 couplers. But I like them on cabooses. I'm not convinced I'll ever be installing them on engines, especially when I'm thinking about helper ops. I'm sure this is FAR from the only thing I'll be realizing.

I'm looking forward to your learnings with this too.

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Re: AC&Y - Ohio's Road of Service
« Reply #244 on: February 26, 2021, 09:42:08 PM »
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This is a great build. I wish I had found this thread two years ago before I started my build, several great ideas.
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Re: AC&Y - Ohio's Road of Service
« Reply #245 on: Yesterday at 08:31:36 PM »
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Great modeling and pics, as always!


I think I'll run the other Spur 4 jobs to gather more data and then perhaps start a new thread on the subject to get some thoughts from the TRW crew.  I will say that I'm beginning to question some of what may be widely held beliefs.  Some perspective from others would be valuable.

Steve

I’m about ready to embark on fine tuning my own rolling stock and more formal operations so will be looking forward to your and the rest of TRW’s “lessons learned.”

Michel