IT's TEAM TRACK TUESDAY!!! 11/5/18 Edition

IMG_8188IMG_8185IMG_8203IMG_8199IMG_8197IMG_8200IMG_8186IT's TEAM TRACK TUESDAY!!!  Share your team track photos here!  

Team tracks are a vital part of day to day real railroad operations.  Practically every type of freight car can be off/on loaded on a team track.  Some passenger train head end equipment and MOW equipment too.  Team tracks are found in remote rural locations, small towns, and large cities.  

I do find it quite challenging and fun to come with new team track scenes on a regular basis.  Today a Ma & Pa water car has been dispatched to a remote team track on the Mountain Division of the FSJR.  There is a forest fire raging on the other side of Mount Randolph and there are not many water sources nearby for fire trucks to refill there tanks.   Fire dept. tankers have been called in and the railroad was contacted by the fire superintendent who reqested  the railroad to  get water cars up on the mountain as soon as possible.  Realizing the danger at hand the FSJR scrambled to put together a string of water cars, fill them, and get them up on the Mountain Division ASAP!!   The switch engine has just left this team track with a string of water cars to be spotted on other team tracks located in the vicinity of the fire.  A volunteer fire dept. tanker has just pulled up to take on a new load of water.   A fireman sits on the side of the water car, ax in hand, totally exhausted.  He's been fighting the fire for over 9 hours.   Clouds of smoke intermittently billow over the team track and block the sunlight.  

Let's see your layout's team track photos.   Photos of real railroad team track operations are always welcome too!

Have a terrifically, fun and creative week!  See you next week on the TEAM TRACK!

 

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

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Arnold - very cool!  MOW coming off the team track to repair track work down the line.  I love the way you set up this scene with the handcar in the foreground and then sequencing the bridge and city scene respectively. Nice job!!

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

Your are certainly right Patrick. It is getting more challenging to come up with new ideas for the team track. Sometimes a good story is what you need to tell and yours is a great one. I wish I'd thought of that.

Arnold, I hope your guys don't have to go too far on that gandy dancer. That is a nice looking pic.

This week, the fall apple and pear crop is in and this shipment from the Pacific northwest is being divy'd up on the team track...

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Mark

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coach joe posted:

Patrick and Mark, you are both so imaginative, you spin a great little tale and then set the scene to illustrate.  I look forward to TTT every week, I wish my layout was up and running so I could contribute.

Coach, would it surprise you to learn that I don't have a layout. I built this diorama specifically for team track Tuesday. I set it up on my workbench, take some pictures and set it aside when I'm done. It doesn't have to be elaborate to participate.

Mark

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