Train #217 - Ottawa Local
This train will definitely require two operators. On average they will be dropping off 28-35 cars, picking up in the low 20s. With weighing cars and the mere number of moves required, I definitely think two operators is best.
Train #118 - LaSalle/Utica Local
This train should be able to operate with one person. It has less traffic overall and not near as complex as the Ottawa job.
#113 Joliet Local West/East plus CB&Q Local
These trains would have one operator to run them all. It would be a mixed bag of duties, but should keep the person occupied.
I predict this person to be pretty busy all day. If not, I can modify later.
The best part of it is that each day the locals are already built by the previous shift the day before. If I'm short on crew members, I can still run one, two or three locals each being independent and not relying on another train to operate. Anything that is not completed during a session can be completed by myself in-between sessions.
If it works out like I propose, this would allow for 3 to 4 hours of running trains during a session. Not bad for my little railroad. If fully staffed, my little railroad will move about 150-175 cars per session.
In other news, I finish sanded Ottawa Avenue and removed the side supports (.060" styrene strips). The road turned out great! The quality is much better than roads on v1.0.
The other day, I cut out the basic wall parts for the sand loading building at Ottawa Silica. This evening, I assembled some of those pieces to get an idea of what one of the facility structures would look like. I'm very pleased. I think it will turn out pretty nice. I placed on the layout to get a vision of the structures to come at Ottawa Silica. I'm excited!