Operation is one of those loaded terms that everyone thinks they understand. After watching this short video and seeing what the engineer sees, I won’t look at it the same way again.
I was truly surprised at how restricted the sightlines can be. I knew it in theory but seeing the reality of going around that outside curve brought it home. Realizing how hard it is to see switchpoints or the crew on the ground is an order of magnitude different from running a model locomotive where we can see the whole layout at a glance.
Watching how the professionals do their work confirms for me that a small layout can be just as viable and interesting as a large one. My thanks to the videographer for sharing this work. I can’t do anything about the YouTube ads and you may have to adjust the video’s playback resolution for a better quality picture.