"THE" Timesaver- Just how good are you?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by MCL_RDG, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    You've seen the "Timesaver" switching module- you know- where you have to switch some sidings in the most efficient manner, least amount of moves- kinda thing.

    Well, let's see if this applies to model railroaders.

    I started a new job a couple of months ago. This proximates a condensed map of my ride to work. Home is in the upper left hand corner, Work is down to the righ (both marked "X"). Along the way there are many rail sidings. It's about 5 miles and on a Saturday morning-takes 8 minutes (no traffic- green lights all the way), during the week- with traffic, 20 minutes. That's taking the beaten path- so to speak.

    Assume your (in my case) girlfriend is expecting you at 7:00PM (and you're normally home by 5:30PM)- has worked hard all day, raced home and prepared a special meal for a relaxing, romantic evening. She lives 5 miles further away.

    Just a couple of blocks away are a major junction/commuter terminal/freight yard, Lansdale, PA, two super hobbyshops (in blue) and a barbershop where ya can still get a straight razor shave.

    Answer the following:

    How long does it take to get home on a Friday night? Why did you spend so much money? Don't you own a watch? You don't really love me do you? "What do you mean you can't make it tonight"?!!! And, most importantly, which route do you take and why?

    Explain here!!! (I could use some good explanations so be creative!)

    Oh yeah- how many moves did it take- both in getting home and smoothing things over with the girlfriend/spouse???


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  2. txcavgr

    txcavgr Member

    I think the key is to fake sick at work, bail about three hours early, find the best ATM location, and then fight your way home through the trainwatching and hobby shops. Skip the shave, or get a cordless and do it at the grade crossings waiting for trains to pass. If something good at the yard is happening, you might want to make sure there is a flower shop on the trail too...

    When I still had my house, I crossed tracks 9 times each way to get to and from work! No hobby shop enroute though since Train and Trooper moved...
  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Gee Honey,The rail traffic really picked up!I had to detour around the crossing.

    Honey,there was a stalled train and I had to detour around the crossing..

    Sorry Honey,I just had to finish that Franklin report and worked over, had a union meeting,I worked over tonight, ect ect.

    We had a last minute sales or ?? meeting.

    Honey,I ran out of gas and had to walk to get some then walk back to the car and take the car to get gas..

    I had a flat and had to get it fix.

    I had to stop and get a new battery for my watch,the band broke and I had to get it fix ect.

    Honey I stopped at the hobby shop to see if my detail parts came in and just happen to see a boxcar kit that I liked and just had to buy it.

    Honey I am not spending all that much money..The prices keep going up!

    If all else fails,

    Stop and get flowers,when you get home give her a big old kiss and hug and say Honey I love you and miss you so much today! :D
  4. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Larry. That last one works for me every time.
  5. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
    ROFLMAO here!
    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    Here are some answers that might work:
    1. Gee honey, it usually takes 3 hours but I left early today.
    2. I spent all this money cuz nothing's too good for you (haul out present)
    3. I dropped my watch off at the jeweler's for repairs and saw this while I was there (see 2)
    4. Of course I do
    5. No no - I said I "can't wait" for tonight.

    Route? Via flower/gift shop. Have fun making up!

    :D Val
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!


    Below is the plan for "Relationship Saver". It conforms with suggestions already offered above. Running time: quick as possible. You can also upgrade and add the "Expensive Restaurant" switching option. I'd recommend it.


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  7. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    The Obvious Solution...

    Well, with the right vehicle, time concerns are no concerns whatsoever.:D

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