By B. Smith
(Note: B. Smith is embarking on an exciting new chapter for his LCN RR layout. Rather than just operating in 1990, he will be embracing multiple eras while maintaining reasonable efforts to present prototypical rolling stock, vehicles, etc. He and I have been having numerous philosophical chats on this as we explore ways of thinking on the subject. I too am experimenting in this area, but with a smaller range of years [1979 and 1981, pre-Rock Island shutdown, post-SLSF-BN merger]. Likely much more to come on this, but meanwhile, enjoy a recent session on his LCN. Don’t be surprised if you see a glitch or two as we work the kinks out. )
We arrive in Sanderson just as the LCN local arrives. The year is 1968. The LCN still operates a steam locomotive. Today’s consist are two box cars for Big Bend Wool and Mohair and two empty open top hoppers for scoria loading. (I have the wrong side of the fourth car facing the camera. The consolidated lube plate shows. I’m not used yet to considering which side of the car faces out.) (Note: We are experimenting with dual era cars being detailed for different eras on different side.)
The crew cuts off the caboose and two empty hoppers. The LCN is having problems getting open hoppers from the class ones and operates an eclectic assortment of second-hand hoppers to serve the scoria shipper. The empty hopper when the train departed earlier in the day has been loaded.
The two loads for Big Bend Wool and Mohair are run to the east end and cut off on the main.
The locomotive then backs to the water plug to fill its tender.
After filling the tender the locomotive backs down the siding to the loaded hopper after the brakeman flags it across a crossing.
In Part II, we’ll complete the run and tie down for the evening.