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ednadolski

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Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« on: November 17, 2019, 11:49:43 AM »
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Yesterday I had the privilege of operating for the first time on Dave Stewart's amazing O-scale Appalachian and Ohio layout:

https://www.aorailroad.com/

Dave and his team are incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable, and helpful people, and graciously endured my rookie questions.  I mostly operated the switcher at Linwood yard, but also got to work the Shay at one of the coal loading branches - here is a quick vid that I took when the opportunity presented itself  (sorry if this looks dark, the dim lighting is to represent night/rain conditions, but the Shay looks and sounds great in any case ;)):


If you ever get the chance to visit, the A&O should be at the top of your list 8)

Ed

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2019, 09:46:11 PM »
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I got to operate there during Rockyops earlier this year.  My buddy got to work the operating hump yard, I got to move a heavy coal train with live loads and dump it.  Very cool big time stuff. 

jagged ben

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2019, 10:43:03 PM »
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Vertical video frame?  Seriously?   :facepalm:   :trollface:

It sounds great.  Gotta give you that.   :)


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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2019, 11:20:43 PM »
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Vertical video frame?  Seriously?   :facepalm: 
Your monitor doesn't pivot? Seriously?  :facepalm:


ednadolski

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2019, 01:21:31 PM »
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Vertical video frame?  Seriously?   :facepalm:   :trollface:

LOL, yep, I was holding the throttle in my other hand :D

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2019, 04:17:52 PM »
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Ed -

I'm glad you were able to make the A&O op session, and hope you can attend many more. I was very impressed by your MRL GP9 and EDNX box car. But the railings on that N-scale engine were sheer poetry. They were really too small for me to see without an Optivisor!  :D

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2019, 05:11:49 PM »
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I'm sayin' though. You saw that layout and this was the only photo you got?

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2019, 08:34:35 PM »
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From my Rockyops session - here's layout owner Dave Stewart with my travel partner Greg McComas.  The A&O has some "people tunnels" to go from area to area on the layout. 

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2019, 08:42:24 PM »
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Here's the loaded coal train I got to run down to the dumper (live loads).  I swear I could actually feel the floor shaking!

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2019, 11:10:19 PM »
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Your monitor doesn't pivot? Seriously?  :facepalm:



That's irrelevant.  Seriously.   :D

ednadolski

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2019, 08:29:57 PM »
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You saw that layout and this was the only photo you got?

Yes, I was that busy!  :D   But I'll try to take more at the next open house ;)

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2019, 08:32:36 PM »
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They were really too small for me to see without an Optivisor!  :D

I need my tri-focals and strong lighting ;)

Ed

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2020, 12:45:16 AM »
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Always liked the A&O.

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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2020, 03:46:39 PM »
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Here's a short video shot during a recent operating session.



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Re: Operating on the Appalachian and Ohio O-Scale layout
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2020, 06:46:03 AM »
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Here's the loaded coal train I got to run down to the dumper (live loads).  I swear I could actually feel the floor shaking!

Awesome!

Does anyone know if those are All Nation F3s?

Mark in Oregon