It’s Christmas eve and the guys are glad they have a light local today–just a couple of loads for the warehouse, a load of Falstaff and Hamms and a couple of loads of lumber for the team track.
A C&O load of auto parts and a CB&Q load of appliances for the warehouse.
An MP box of Falstaff out of St. Louis and a load of Hamms out of Saint Paul, MN.
A couple of BN (one has GN reporting marks) flats of lumber for the local lumber dealer.
The pick ups are light too–just an empty covered hopper from Ponderosa Feeds and an empty car at the bakery.
A piece of cake today–just spot the warehouse and beer loads and position the caboose for the departure.
Crew eases down the warehouse and beer distributor siding. The yard crew did a great job blocking the short train.
The beer loads are spotted then the C&O and CB&Q boxcars. Miraculously, the CB&Q car was in the right position for door #4.
All is well at Hernandez Distributing. The beer folks have knocked off, but will be unloading December 26 to get ready for the New Years rush.
Just a matter of backing down the line to make up the short train to head back to town. First, the crew will back down the bakery spur to retrieve the empties and then ease down the beer spur the retrieve the caboose.
The short train now heads back to Trinidad. The crew hopes to be home in plenty of time to join their family for Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas from Rails West.