Saturday, July 20, 2019

Vasona Branch Shakedown Session

Extra 3444 at the Packing House off Auzerais Ave in West San Jose
I participated in a shakedown session at Robert Bowdidge's Vasona Branch layout today. Since the layout hasn't operated for a while, the idea was to find bugs and gremlins in the layout. It performed quite well for my crew.

The Vasona Branch is one of the first operating layouts I encountered, and it still pulls me in the same way it did 10 years ago. On top of that, Robert is a great host with lots of knowledge of local history.

San Carlos Street viaduct
The layout has a unique mix of busy city switch jobs combined with the rural feeling of the Valley of Heart's Delight into the Santa Cruz mountains  in the 1930's. 

Apricot drying racks between West San Jose and Cambell
This was a very relaxed session with lots of chatting. The time went by very quickly and I think everybody enjoyed themselves. I certainly did.

At Wrights south of Los Gatos

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