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philskene
May 26th, 2009, 12:33 AM
At the invitation of the Dispatcher of the Harbor Master Railroad, I joined Chuck and Joe in the late afternoon as they were refueling their GP60:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_01.jpg

C & J had only begun working on Harbor Master that very morning. They were discussing how to best perform their last turn, and showed me their orders:

Chuck, Joe – Dispatcher here. Your final turn of the day is what we call the Gondola Shuttle.
Both the Boutique Smelter and the Sintering and Ceramics plants need feedstock. Two gondolas of coal and two of iron ore for the first, and two gondolas of coal and two of ceramic powder for the second.
The coal and iron ore come from the Coal and Minerals Wharf, the ceramics from the Bulk Wharf. You will find two gondolas down in the Classification Yard.
First off, however, the Dry Dock needs plate steel from Alans Multifunctional. Use the two flat cars in Classification to run the plates over.
When finished, give the locomotive to the next crew at the Handover Hut at Classification before signing off. I have booked a taxi two hours from now to take home.
You must keep to all speed limits. You must give priority to all other trains.

Eventually we head off, giving way to a Class 1 railroad train before crossing over to the north side of the yard and down to the Classification Yard:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_02.jpg

The Class 1 was one of just many trains I saw that afternoon. The majority were hot-shot intermodal container trains.

At Classification we attached the two flat cars:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_03.jpg

and loaded them with steel plate at Alan's:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_04.jpg

After an animated discussion, C & J decided the quickest way to the Dry Dock was the eastern route, pushing the flats past Boutique:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_05.jpg

and into the Dry Dock where we unloaded the steel plates.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_06.jpg

(continues)

philskene
May 26th, 2009, 12:39 AM
(continued)

C & J were still learning the road, and eventually decided to return to Classification by the western end, pushing the flat cars by the Bulk Wharf:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_07.jpg

and up to the high level at Oleo. Once again we had to give way to several trains heading towards us:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_08.jpg

Back at Classification we left the flats and hitched onto the gondolas:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_09.jpg

and headed back the way we had just come:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_10.jpg

again keeping a weather eye for other trains:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_11.jpg

before loading with ceramic powder at the Bulk Wharf:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_12.jpg

(continues)

philskene
May 26th, 2009, 12:49 AM
(continued)

At S&C we only just had sufficient room to dump the load at the north unloader - the pilot of the loco was almost touching the bumper:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_13.jpg

And then it was back to load coal at the Wharf:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_14.jpg

C & J debated whether to take the first load to Boutique, but eventually decided to dump first at the southern unloader at S&C:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_15.jpg

The next load of coal we pushed up the steep grade:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_16.jpg

to the Boutique unloading grill:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_17.jpg

By now, as we returned to load with iron ore, it was beginning to get quite dark:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_18.jpg

(continues)

philskene
May 26th, 2009, 12:58 AM
(continued)

As we propelled the cars loaded with iron ore through the Container Terminal we saw a Class 1 traversing the sea wall:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_19.jpg

C & J knew that they would have to give it priority at the next two squeeze points and that they would need momentum to climb the steep grades ahead. So we hung back until it cleared the switches:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_20.jpg

giving us a clear run to the iron ore unloading point:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_21.jpg

Finally it was back to Classification:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_22.jpg

to give the GP60 to the next crew at the Handover Hut:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_23.jpg

As they left for home in the taxi Chuck and Joe were still debating whether there was a quicker way of shuttling those gondolas.

I'd like to than the Dispatcher for allowing me to ride on her railroad.
_____

On the Download Station, soon.

Phil

applegathc
May 26th, 2009, 06:38 AM
Nice route there, Phil!!!:udrool: :mop:

Cheers,
cam:wave:

simulatortrain
May 26th, 2009, 01:45 PM
That looks like a cool route. BTW, where is the UP GP60 from?

yoderscoot
May 26th, 2009, 02:22 PM
DLS by SPORBUST

Tanvaras
May 26th, 2009, 08:23 PM
Excellent story and pics Phil. Really like your tracks and sessions. They make my brain think ( and hurt at times lol)

Cheers

Trent

simulatortrain
May 26th, 2009, 08:25 PM
DLS by SPORBUST

Thanks. I wondered if he made it, but wasn't sure because it isn't on his site.

philskene
August 17th, 2009, 07:08 AM
Resurrecting a very old thread.

There is a minor issue with this session.

If the flat cars do not load the steel plate at Alan's you need to download two products - "steel plate (load)" and "ship_plate (load)".

I had included both of these in the session kuid table so that Download Helper in TRS2004 and CM2 in TRS2009 would pick up the two additional dependencies. But somewhere in the creation of the cdp file they got stripped out. The lesson for me is if I use products that are not directly associated with either rolling stock or industries then I need to make a reference in the text that appears under the thumbnail on the DLS that additional downloads are needed.

Phil

gooseman99
October 23rd, 2009, 09:06 AM
I have a question about your sessions. When finishing your sessions, is there any message that comes up and tells you that you did everything right and it is complete?

Bulldog1653
October 23rd, 2009, 10:30 AM
Very nice series. Where did you get those intermodal container cars? Will they work in TRS2006?

UP5521
October 23rd, 2009, 01:16 PM
I like those shots!:cool:

philskene
October 23rd, 2009, 05:13 PM
Hi gooseman --

" ... is there any message that comes up and tells you that you did everything right and it is complete?"

Nope and no.

There are two parts to this question:

" ... it is complete?"

You have the Dispatcher's instructions. If you have done what he instructed you to do then the session is complete. You will know if you've delivered, loaded and unloaded the freight cars as required.

There aint no pats on the back on this short line. Just the internal satisfaction of as job well done.

" ... you that you did everything right ... "

There is no "right" way of doing my sessions because there are just so many different ways of undertaking the allocated tasks. Well, actually there may be - 'cause the "wrong" way takes a long time.

The trick is to think ahead. For example, when picking up a freight car or two, think about what happens next - will it make it easier for me if I add the cars at the front or back of the train?

Crews that are consistently "wrong" don't last long on this railroad.

Bulldog1653 --

"Where did you get those intermodal container cars?"

Download Station. cnr is the author.

"Will they work in TRS2006?"

Yes. And also in TRS2004; and TRS2009 in Compatibility Mode.

UP5521 --

"I like those shots!"

Thanks. Appreciated.

FlyingScottmond
October 25th, 2009, 02:12 AM
If my PC would d/l properly then I would definatly get it!

Blackout16
December 13th, 2010, 06:43 PM
(continued)

As we propelled the cars loaded with iron ore through the Container Terminal we saw a Class 1 traversing the sea wall:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_19.jpg

C & J knew that they would have to give it priority at the next two squeeze points and that they would need momentum to climb the steep grades ahead. So we hung back until it cleared the switches:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_20.jpg

giving us a clear run to the iron ore unloading point:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_21.jpg

Finally it was back to Classification:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_22.jpg

to give the GP60 to the next crew at the Handover Hut:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/nineercharlie/HarborMaster%201/GS_23.jpg

As they left for home in the taxi Chuck and Joe were still debating whether there was a quicker way of shuttling those gondolas.

I'd like to than the Dispatcher for allowing me to ride on her railroad.
_____

On the Download Station, soon.

Phil
how do you lower those bridges in the harbor master route? i know there is a way you can manuelly do this just dont know how though

H222
December 13th, 2010, 09:38 PM
Drive the train on the bridge, it's automatic


Don't post a whole lot of pics already shown, 1 image is enough

Jamie