The locomotive foreman has assigned Engine 3628 and you are pleased to have her 'cause she's a good steamer with a power reverse. This makes switching a lot easier. You ease your iron horse out of the roundhouse and onto the Turntable. You do not have to turn her today, just a short move for the 'table to the vacant engine lead, then back up through all the switches to get her over to the run-through track, which is Yard Track #1.
Backing into the Caboose track, you couple on to your conductor's early "mobile home" which is conveniently the first in line. We try not to disturb the slumber of the occupants of the other "cabeese" or did you hear about yet another game of cards in which an unknown quantity of lucre is most probably changing hands.
You set out your caboose on Yard Track #1, then reach into Track #2 for the cars on your switch list. Looks like you are taking everything that is going east to Penticton.
Pulling them clear of the switch, your brakeman gives you the sign for backing them onto the caboose.
You push them well into the yard track. The caboose is almost opposite the station which is convenient for the Conductor who has been inside, talking to the Operator.
Following the information on the waybills, two more cars are retrieved from Yard Track #3 for the train. That should do it for the switching. Time to pump up the air, walk down to the station to meet the Conductor, check your watches and go over the Train Orders.
Two longs on the whistle and bell ringing, you slowly pull out of Brookmere, stopping or at most crawling into the clear of the Yard Lead switch to let the Brakie back on. Remember to re-line that switch back to "Normal".
The caboose rolls by.
This has been a morning in the yard at Brookmere for an Extra East on the Kettle Valley line in September of 1949. This is a simple run for clarity and conciseness in illustrating procedures in Brookmere yard for train crews attending our operating sessions. Recently, construction work in the yard has produced a detailed and working Locomotive Turntable which is evident in a photo in this post. It was a great deal of work and thus delayed the writing of this post.