The operating session this past weekend went well. Only two people signed on for it, and in the space of an hour on the day of the session, each one wanted to bring at least one other person with them. So, I went from two to five within an hour. That didn’t turn out to be the case, as two of them dropped out before they would have come over. So I had three people, all of whom had seen the layout before. One of the guys was the one who wired my layout for DCC and he’d not seen the scenery before. His first comment was, “Wow, it’s really green,” to which I replied, “Yep, so is the Blue Ridge in summertime”. We ran one entire train and I re-set the layout by changing some cars and waybills on the car cards. While I did that, they watched my DVD of the ET&WNC color film from the 40s. They actually wanted to watch it to the end and they had plenty of questions about where things were and how operations worked for the real railroad. Thankfully, I was able to answer most of them, having done so much research in the ET over the years.
By the time they returned to the second train, the same guy said, “Yep, I get why it’s so green, now.” I heard later that they all had a good time.
I want to run another session soon, and hopefully get someone people who’ve never seen the layout before.
The funny part was Charlie (my 15-year-old dachshund) kept walking into the room, looking up. I really think he wanted to see what the focus of attention was on, and when I picked him up, he was watching the trains. All these years, I’ve had a train fan pup, it seems!