I brought along a bunch of plastic hopper load inserts by Accurail (I really recommend them) that needed finishing, a bottle of Scenic Express mine run coal, the Dollar Tree black decorative sand I also use as coal and few other supplies not knowing what to expect. I've been to John's house a few times and he's always been the ultimate host, so I should've known he'd be well prepared for us.
There were tables to work on and a table full of supplies, containers full of different grades of sand, real coal, metal shavings, rust and all the glue and paint we might need. There was even a table with donuts and coffee which helped pass the time waiting for everyone to arrive. Once Tim and Jerry arrived we got to work. Tim brought several grades of Smith & Sons coal and gravel and added it along with my coal to the communal material supplies.
Here's a view of my set up on the work table I shared with John.
|Coating the Accurail loads with real coal assembly line style.|
|John explaining the fine art of turning foam into a load base.|
After Brendan built two sand loads, his attention wandered to the connecting room where John's Carrollton Branch layout resides. Brendan and I had the opportunity to run one of the local trains in a operating session there a couple of months ago, so Brenadan was hungry for some more switching fun on John's layout.
|Brendan on a step ladder works Canton Yard while Tim inspects John's recent additions to the Carrollton Branch.|
While we might have been working on our own load projects, we all had a great time working together and talkin' trains.
Once Brendan and I returned home and I unpacked my new loads to spread out to dry completely. It was only then did I realize I had completed 42 new loads for my coal hoppers and gondolas!
|42 new car loads!|
|Gondola loads of rusty metal, scrap steel, sand and coal.|
|Pony pieces in my Walthers W&LE gondola.|