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Now that the Meantime layout is fully functional, it was time to come up with an operations scheme that would be simple and easy.
Car Cards and Waybills was too much for this small layout. Computer programs?
Again too much work.
So this is what I came up with.
Its similar to the Car Order Card system, except I am using Car Spots instead of industry names. I labeled each car spot 1 through 18.
Then I used Avery Business Cards template and wrote the info on the cards to match the diagram above.
If a spot can handle more than one car type I included all of them.
Now I shuffle the cards and pull out 4 at random. Reach into my car storage drawer and pull 4 matching cars and place them on the mainline. Attach a locomotive and away we go. Now if there is a car already spotted at the car spot, I assume its ready to go. Pull it out and put the new one in its place. Once everything is spotted and/or pulled, head back to the “Yard” and call it a day. Put the cars in the back of the car storage drawers so we don’t see the same ones over and over.
Is it prototypical? No. Is it realistic? No. But its simple and easy and it beats just shuffling cars around with no purpose. Now I could create a simple hand written switch list once I pull the cards to give it a little authenticity if I wanted to, I guess.
So thats what I came up with. I welcome all your thought and comments.
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