Running our trains in a manner emulating prototype railroads

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.

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

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

Update on the Nickel Plate


Model Railroad Planning editor Tony Koester recently completed a lot of scenery, including various types of farm crops, and structures for his 1954-era HO railroad in preparation for the December 2014 MR feature on his railroad and a follow-up MR Video Plus shoot. He'll discuss recent enhancements such as automated interchanges with 'foreign' railroads, automated 'Interlocking in a Box,' more realistic but easy-to-use waybills, timetable and train-order operations, digital-photo backdrops, and weathering with PanPastels.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

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

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
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