We got home from our impromptu trip last night, and tonight I finally hooked up the staging yard bus wires. I also installed the hex frog juicer, which is pure magic.
The daily mixed was sitting on one of the tracks waiting to come in and turn around. So, I uncoupled the engine and ran it onto the turntable. It worked flawlessly on the first try! When I reported this to my darling wife, she replied that she wasn’t aware that we even had a turntable; “the train turntable,” I clarified. “Oh, I see. Well that explains it, then. Great!”
Here is the first ever turning of an engine on the staging yard turntable:
Then I ran the train back into Pembroke, and let the passengers off at the station. This is, I believe, the first time the engine has ever run into the station nose first; it has been pointing south since trains first started running.
I then dropped the combine in the passing siding, ran the engine back to Golden Lake to turn it and parked it on the engine house spur, ready for tomorrow’s run. It’s a long way to go to turn your engine, but it will have to do until the Pembroke turntable is built.
I must say, testing is way more fun if you have a purpose!