Bluff City Southern is the Frisco
, Illinois Central
, Louisville & Nashville
, Missouri Pacific
, and Southern
railroads centered in Memphis, Tennessee
, gem of the Mid-South, circa 1950. To acquaint yourself to Bluff City Southern in more detail, please visit my original feature here: Bluff City Southern
Since that posting, the layout has expanded greatly. Track pushed beyond the trestle over Hatchie River bottoms to Nashville, TN, which was created in the exceptional detail the layout is known for. Additionally, the route continues to a large staging yard in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to run trains on BCS again. During a four hour Ops session (24 hours via fast clock), together with almost a dozen fellow operators, some two dozen trains made their run from terminal to terminal. Crack varnish, hot freights, local peddlers, busy switchers; steam and diesel -- all made their way along the nickle-silver rails to the enjoyment of the operators. Enjoyable it was, even when your humble narrator inflicted a major goat-rope while switching Somerville! When my train, L&N's Chattanooga - Memphis manifest freight, finally
tied up in Bluff City yard, I got a surprise. Cars not intended for Memphis were in the train (without their waybills!) while cars badly needed in and beyond Memphis languished in Somerville. My ears still ring from the thoughts of the yardmaster of Somerville! To watch two of my trains, watch this video: SR Freight crossing the Hatchie River enroute to Toone; an IC 2-10-2 charging through
My successive trains ran smoother: an Illinois Central 2-10-2 manifest freight to Greenville, Miss.; a Southern streamliner to Chattanooga; a Mopac freight to Arkansas.
While I did not run any IC passenger trains this operating session, here's the City of New Orleans
from another session: IC Passenger
In between running trains, I enjoyed studying the new additions. Those scenes I bring to you here.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so again Iíll leave it to the photos of this layout to inspire you with what is achievable with this hobby--this art form!