Operations special interest group

Introduction to prototype research


Learn how prototype research can improve your layout's design and operations. Discussion includes tips for researching time and place, types of prototype documents, ICC valuation records, the National Archives and the Library of Congress holdings, Sanborn Insurance maps and other sources of information in a digital world. Freeman's article Research in the Information Age appeared in Model Railroad Planning 2002.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Saint Helens
Thursday, Aug 27 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

Modeling from Train Sheets ... because half the time it was too dark to take photos


This clinic shares the fascinating results of analyzing Cajon Pass trains sheets for May 1-7, 1945. Learn what a train sheet is; the FileMaker database built to analyze them; and what the sheets reveal-including the numbers, lengths, tonnages and speeds of the trains operated, and the types, numbers and assignments of the engines used to haul them. See a day in the life of a steam helper and the Summit operator. Learn how the railroad was run and the engines you need to model.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Bachelor

Sunset Valley Oregon System updates and operation


Bruce and his crew of 38 are modeling ten prototype railroads operating in the Pacific Northwest in 1955. Features include the SP from Portland to Dunsmuir using the Siskiyou line, SP's Coos Bay branch, SP&S from Portland to Eugene, independent logging and mining operations, and the NP, GN, SP&S and UP operations into Portland. The system includes 7 classification yards. Up to 120 trains operate during a 24-hour simulated day. Prototypical fidelity with the system designed for super realistic operation is achieved. This fast moving, all color presentation provides an exciting status update and operational overview of this monumental effort.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Hood

An update on my 1892 Housatonic Railroad layout


Under construction since 2002, the Housatonic has been no stranger to upheaval and renewal. Craig will talk about his reasons for modeling something very different from the pack, how it changed the way he models and what the pros and cons of it are. Begun with precious little information, the layout has experienced both subtle and dramatic changes made over a decade, thanks to more and better information than was available when it all got started. Craig also shares why sticking to a specific set of givens and druthers from the beginning made it possible to make changes, expand and even re-design parts of the layout on the fly when new things were learned.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood
Saturday, Aug 29 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Sellwood


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