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IT TEAM TRACK TUESDAY!!!  Lets see photos of the action on your railroad's team track.  Team tracks are a vital part of day to day real railroad operations.  Freight cars of nearly every variety, some passenger train head end equipment, and MOW equipment can be loaded/unloaded on team tracks.  

Keep your layout fresh by changing your team track(s) scenes regularly and post photos here on this thread.  Last week we had some seriously realistic looking team track scenes and some very humorous ones as well.   Remember your layout does not have to be elaborate to have a team track operation.   A simple loop of track with a switch to a siding will do the job.   Part of the purpose of this thread is to help inspire us to create scenes on our railroads.... using our imaginations  So give it a shot and take some photos of your team track scene while keeping in mind that elaborate is not a requirement. And again if you have elaborately detailed scenes we'd love to see them too!!

This week on The Free State Junction Railway team track in lower Patsburg, we have a Chicago Quincy & Burlington 60 foot automobile boxcar with a load of farm tractors being unloaded.  It seems that Zekes Farm Equipment Company, located in a nearby hamlet, is gearing up to sell these fine pieces of machinery for the upcoming planting season.  

Have a wonderfully fun and IMG_2377IMG_2403IMG_2386IMG_2383IMG_2384IMG_2411IMG_2400IMG_2395IMG_2375IMG_2385IMG_2402IMG_2393creative week!!!

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  • IMG_2377: new farm tractors arrive on the team track
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  • IMG_2383: Unloading process begins
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  • IMG_2411: These end doors are a godsend!
  • IMG_2400: Easy does it Jed!
  • IMG_2395: view from above
  • IMG_2375: The first tractor drives off the boxcar
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  • IMG_2402: Unloading goes easy enough
  • IMG_2393: Kids peeking thru the brush saw this scene
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Team Track Tuesday: Slugfest

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Before you can understand what's happening at the Everett Team Track, you’ll need to understand what's been happening up the line in Packsaddle (Pinery) Narrows.

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Shortly after Valley Energy began experimenting with its new plasma energy generator, locals started reporting all manner of oddities. Strange sounds, unusual smells, and odd creatures to name a few.  But, until last week, the rest of the Valley dismissed the reports as nonsense from a bunch of backwood bumpkins.

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What changed? Well, some of that backwood's nonsense managed to escape the Narrows. It came by way of a rickety old freight car on its way to the scrap yard. A brief stop in Everett was just long enough for a few unusually slimy stowaways to ooze into the lives of the upstanding citizens of Everett.

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Some in Everett tried to ignore the problem.

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Others tried to intimidate the problem with fancy credentials and big words.

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Law enforcement tried to strong arm the beasts.

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A few kind folks even tried to domesticate the creatures.

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Over the weekend, the level of engagement escalated. Men from Jaite, fearing the slugs could soon make their way across the river, came to Everett with plans to hack up the gooey invertebrates.

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Unfortunately, nothing seemed to work.

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That brings us to Team Track Tuesday. In a last-ditch effort to save their town from the slimy slugs, Everett trustees ordered two emergency carloads of Salt from the Morton mines in Rittman.

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And here, at the team track, our long story meets a quick, sizzling and rather disgusting end. Using the sounds of sticks beating against galvanized garbage can lids as a distraction, residents heaved piles of premium salt at the critters, thus ending slugfest 2017.

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As for the strange happenings up in Packsaddle Narrows, we’ll just have to save that for another day.

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  • 0: CT&V GP20 delivers to the Everett Team Track
  • 1: Slugs outside the Valley Energy plant in Packsaddle Narrows.
  • 3: Concerned citizen s of Everett
  • 3b: Consultants with credentials.
  • 4: Friendly brakeman. Friendly slug?
  • 5: Vigilantes from Jaite strikes a blow.
  • 7: Anger takes hold.
  • 6: Old Farmer Slate is too busy to notice the slugs.
  • 8: Botzum Police lend Everett support by Manning an observation post.
  • 10: Everett police lay down the law.
  • 10b: They are seriously outnumbered.
  • 11: Best seat in the house.
  • 12: High sodium diet to the rescue.
  • 13: "Windy" Morton hopper.
  • 14: Morton hopper on the Everett team track.
  • Trophy: Slugfest hunting trophy.
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Hey Patrick. Really neat use of an end door box car. Did Zeke acquire Haney's excess stock?

Thomas, That must be some serious power generated by Valley power! I had no idea giant slugs could be defeated so easily. The info links are really cool.

Well, people in this neck of the wood really enjoy their Heinz products. With the Heinz factory a few short miles away in Pittsburgh, the locals are always assured of getting their ketchup and relish fresh...

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SIRT posted:

Appliances are rolling in this week..........................

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SIRT - Beautifully done!!  What a great job of story telling with your photos!  I love the Santa Fe high cube boxcar - very nice weathering job!  I also appreciate your camera angles looking through the SF car, whose doors are open, and seeing the other boxcars on the adjacent track.  Your last photo show the 3 boxcars on the same track ready to be pulled from the team track.  BRAVO!!!

Btw - are those Whirlpool dishwashers or AC units or both??  

Hey Guys - very nice photos this week!  We have everything from mirroring examples of real life railway team track operations to LOL humor and imagination!  Lots of fun!

MarK Dif - Nice billboard reffer!!  Most colorful!!  Heinz 57 says it all!  

Yes Zeke bought Haney's tractors at the going out of business sale.  Zeke claims he got a great deal too!    I bought this open end door automobile boxcar and the tractors ( Ertle) with this edition of TTT in mind.  I'm sure this boxcar will return with more large rubber tire goodies in future editions of TTT.  

Thomas - your imagination is amazing!  Are you any relation to Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone?  You really know how to turn "things" inside out  Sorry could not resist that one.  Thanks for the humor and making me LOL!

Rich - 30,000 bananas!!! Whew!!  Thats "a peeling" .... OK that was pretty bad I'll admit.  I do agree with Tom's comment on this one

Chug - wonderful and convincing scene!! Love the choice of boxcar .... an outside braced N&W.  The truck is also great too!  I've got to find one like that..... York's a comin!  Those guys are really that slow?  Perhaps they need a vitamin B shot and some Red Bull

RJJB18 - Those folks from the other galaxy are pretty interesting looking folks!  With help like that who needs the locals anyway.  

SIRT -  In a word "BRAVO"!!!

 

trumptrain posted:

Thomas - your imagination is amazing!  Are you any relation to Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone?  You really know how to turn "things" inside out  Sorry could not resist that one.  Thanks for the humor and making me LOL!

Thanks, Patrick. Haha, no, no relation to the great Rod Serling. 

I really enjoy all the great stories and pictures being shared through this series. It's fun to have a small slice of my own layout now dedicated to this constantly evolving storyline. Thank you for inviting all of us to the Team Track each Tuesday.

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abbrail posted:

hanks, Patrick. Haha, no, no relation to the great Rod Serling. 

trumptrain posted:

Thomas - your imagination is amazing!  Are you any relation to Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone?  You really know how to turn "things" inside out  Sorry could not resist that one.  Thanks for the humor and making me LOL!

Thanks, Patrick. Haha, no, no relation to the great Rod Serling. 

I really enjoy all the great stories and pictures being shared through this series. It's fun to have a small slice of my own layout now dedicated to this constantly evolving storyline. Thank you for inviting all of us to the Team Track each Tuesday.

Thomas - you are most welcome!  I'm glad the TTT thread ( for that matter this entire forum ) gives everyone a chance to share their creative imagination and spirit!  

trumptrain posted:
abbrail posted:

hanks, Patrick. Haha, no, no relation to the great Rod Serling. 

trumptrain posted:

Thomas - your imagination is amazing!  Are you any relation to Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone?  You really know how to turn "things" inside out  Sorry could not resist that one.  Thanks for the humor and making me LOL!

Thanks, Patrick. Haha, no, no relation to the great Rod Serling. 

I really enjoy all the great stories and pictures being shared through this series. It's fun to have a small slice of my own layout now dedicated to this constantly evolving storyline. Thank you for inviting all of us to the Team Track each Tuesday.

Thomas - you are most welcome!  I'm glad the TTT thread ( for that matter this entire forum ) gives everyone a chance to share their creative imagination and spirit!  

Include me in on looking forward to Thomas' adventures.  The landmarks in his stories are nominally within a few miles of my house.  

A real life story about the CT&V (now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway) that runs thru the National Park.  About 50+ years ago my father took us for a Sunday drive along Riverview Road to Akron which follows the tracks.  There was an ore train with three GP7 up front but it had pushers.  An AB set of B&O sharks.  What a sight.  I finally got a set of these (Weaver) last year.

Lou N

Lou,

What an experience that must have been to see those B&O sharks.  Freight trains in the Valley is something I wish I could have seen. That and watching trains pass Akron's JO tower. 

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Photo: Don Narris

Looking at what little remains today, it's difficult to imagine there was once a massive rail network in the Akron area.

By the way, we're practically neighbors! I live just about a mile from the National Park on the south west side.

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abbrail posted:

Lou,

What an experience that must have been to see those B&O sharks.  Freight trains in the Valley is something I wish I could have seen. That and watching trains pass Akron's JO tower. 

jotrackside

Photo: Don Narris

Looking at what little remains today, it's difficult to imagine there was once a massive rail network in the Akron area.

By the way, we're practically neighbors! I live just about a mile from the National Park on the south west side.

Thomas,

It is a shame that Akron U wanted the JO Tower property so badly and then tore it down and planted grass.

Akron had quite a rail network at one time.  Actually so did Cleveland.  Please refer to railsandtrails.com for maps of this area.

Lou N

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