Re: January 2016 operating session

Bruce Smith

Apologies all - thought this was off-line.  However now that I am taking up bandwidth anyway, I had the distinct privilege of operating on Jared's layout a few weeks ago.

His approach of using a single crew to operate the out and back Alma branch local, is minimalistic, realistic and absolutely engrossing.  It challenges the notion that larger layouts (and his is definitely in the medium to large category) have to be hotbeds of train activity.  Four of us in our roles as engineer, conductor and 2 brakemen spent close to 3 hours replicating the activity of trains 95 and 96 in 1943.  In addition, Jared has shared many of his structures and his concept through several clinics, and it was great to see his structures on the layout and his vision come to life.

I highly recommend that anyone in the area who might be interested contact Jared.


Bruce Smith

Auburn, AL

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Thanks for the invite, but I will not be able to attend.

Best Regards


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Subject: [STMFC] Re: January 2016 operating session

Addendum:  I expect all operators  to seriously commit.  I need three people to operate the layout, so if you say you will come I expect you to come.

Jared Harper

On Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM, Jared Harper <harperandbrown@...> wrote:
I need three people for my January 2016 operating session on Santa Fe's Alma branch.  The three operators will serve as engineer, conductor and brakeman on trains 95/96 from Burlingame, KS, to Alma, KS, as it was in May 1943.  Lunch will be served at noon and afterwards we will retreat to the basement to run the Alma branch mixed train for 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours.  The exact date has not been set.  I am considering Saturday, January 16; Sunday, January 15; and Saturday, January 23.  If you are interested in participating on one or all of these dates let me know.  Places on the operating crew will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Jared Harper
420 Woodward Way
Athens, GA 30606

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