Re: The Day I Flummoxed John
Thanks so much for this amusing and enlightening story, Don. These recollections are absolutely invaluable to us here! This yard lead track conundrum has been irritating me for years as I looked for ways to understand the design and, through doing so, divine whether I could (dare I?) improve on it at all. I thought I had a better understanding and acceptance of it when I arrived at the assumption about a year ago that the main line must have just been indicated (with bold) wrong; it made so much more sense to me to have the right track be the main line so the left track could be the (less) encumbered yard lead. Now you’re telling me that’s not the case, and it’s blowing my mind again! So trains arrive from Cross Junction, go up the bridge by the roundhouse, then back into the freight and passenger stub yard. Similarly, they were assembled on the main line/lead track?, then the engine went around them on the right track to lead them out to Gorre? Of course they don’t have the choice to go over Port and back around over the yard, because that yard crossing was never finished. I have speculated here before that he didn’t want to obscure the view of the passenger station, or perhaps he just liked the complication, or just didn’t want to complete the circuit – did he ever say?
So Randy, are you planning to finish the bridges over the yard or leave that open like John did????
From: GandD@groups.io [mailto:GandD@groups.io] On Behalf Of Don Mitchell via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:50 PM
Subject: [GandD] The Day I Flummoxed John
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it was my good fortune to be able to operate the Great Divide yard several times in the days before trains were run up to Angels Camp. The track arrangements there always seemed a bit illogical to me. If you look at the large track diagram
on pages 84-85 of "The Book", you'll see what I mean.