|While waiting for permission to cross the diamond at Bellows Crossing, the tamper operator spends a few minutes getting caught up with the local track crew.|
Photos by George Dutka
This past Monday I visited George for the inaugural session of our 2016/2017 modelling season. The layout was totally devoid of rolling stock; all the summertime "modern era" equipment had retreated to storage shelves, while the more numerous 1950s cars had yet to put in an appearance. Before this could happen, the track foreman would have to do a thorough track cleaning job. As well, given the high heat and humidity of this recent summer, the layout had experienced a bit of pitching and yawing, so a complete inspection of both trackwork and benchwork would be required. With a few track spikes here and a touch of the soldering iron there, George will soon have things ship-shape, and once again the railway equipment of the 1950s will be populating this small corner of New England in a London basement.