Making our model trains run - from casual to over-the-top prototypical operation

Train Dispatching Elements - extended


Rick provides more information regarding Train Dispatching building on his Monday evening presentation. He will also expand on topics where there were questions in his previous (Monday) presentation.

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Day Time Room Changes
Tuesday, Aug 25 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor New

Operations on the Pennsylvania Southern

The Pennsylvania Southern is a freelance layout set in 1980 in western Pennsylvania. Topics for discussion include layout philosophy, train scheduling, train operation, dispatching, and supporting paperwork.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

Getting Started in Operations

This clinic looks at issues a modeler might wish to consider when designing a layout for operations. Topics include setting an era and location, designing a car fleet, developing a train schedule, and dispatching systems.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Bachelor

Simple layout operations, TTTO for guests


Tips for setting up a successful operating session for guests, using Time Table & Train Orders, that will keep them coming back for more. I have hosted over 100 sessions over the years taking what would be complicated and making it FUN.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Bachelor

Utah Colorado Western update


Introduction and tour of the UCW. Views of recent changes to the layout including new dispatcher and agent office, moving and construction of a new active staging area (aka. The Mole) and changes to the layout. How the agent uses Flex-Bill to generate switch lists, wheel reports, and manage customer waybills. Staging trains using barcodes generated in Flex-Bill.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Three Sisters
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood

Railroad Flagging - Visual communication on real railroads.


How the real railroads use visual communications past and present. Add these to your model operations to have more fun.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

Operations 201 - Preparing to host operations


This clinic is a Two-Part presentation directed toward the hosts of operating sessions. While it is largely oriented around Timetable and Train Order operation, much in the clinic will be applicable to other systems as well. In Part 1 the clinic addresses towns, yards, stations, staging and connecting to the larger railroad world, industries and types of trains. In Part 2, it addresses car forwarding, the ops jobs (road crews, yardmasters and dispatching), balancing the schedule and what operators take for granted (but you shouldn't).

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood

Operations 101 - becoming an operator


If you want to begin operating, this clinic is for you! It covers how to run a freight train, reading a Timetable, how to perform on-line switching moves (both facing and trailing point spurs), communication systems, clearances, OS-ing, yard operations (classifying cars), running passenger trains and guest etiquette.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Sellwood

Train Dispatching Elements


Train Dispatching (the issuance and modification of authority to occupy main track) is a critical piece of railroad operation. How can you apply this to your layout as a modeling element? We introduce and discuss essence of basic systems, clarify several misconceptions, and explain application to variety of layout types.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood

SP's Cascade crossing in HO scale: Design, construction, and initial operation of a dream


The clinic describes the design process for a basement-filling dream layout focused on the prototype Cascade Line of the Southern Pacific. Occupying 2400 sqft of basement, it features of the route from Eugene to Cascade Summit and Crescent Lake. The design process will be described, including trade-offs and challenges, followed by construction and initial operations

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Bachelor


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