It's not often that South Yard at Marquette, Iowa, on the Fox Valley O Scalers club, is this free of cars.
An extra train originating here, and drag freights Dubuque to La Crescent and La Crescent to Dubuque picked up all the cars waiting to be moved. Those are two loads of ice for the icing platform (which does not have its own ice plant) and a coal load to be moved to the team track. The yard operator had time to pull the coal mine, set the empty cars, and push two cuts of Shorts to West Yard.
In the background, a fresh load of lumber has been delivered to Iowa Grain Door, a building adapted by me from the Walthers feed mill kit.
It didn't hurt to have an experienced dispatcher on duty.
I should have kept a notepad with me. The way the railroad was set up for this session, I could authorize trains to move from yard to yard, instead of station to station. Thus, to open the session, rather than give a spoken order, I could have written out
ENG CNW 1128 RUN EXTRA MARQUETTE TO BEULAH AND RETURN NOT PROTECTING AGAINST FOLLOWING EXTRAS
Later in the session, the long Dubuque to La Crescent train had work to do requiring a run-around at Turkey River Junction, and the La Crescent to Dubuque train had finished its work at South Yard.
ENG GN 277 RUN EXTRA MARQUETTE TO DUBUQUE
AND WAIT AT SEWELL FOR TR 141 ENG 98-C
I had previously issued a meet between 141 and the first train out of Marquette, 242, at Specht's Ferry.
Would have helped to have the pad of paper as the spoken wait order I issued gave the extra's crew a task too much like work. The motto, as you see in the picture, is KEEP CALM AND MODEL RAILROAD.