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Operations - Reflections on the future

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments

In a Trains.com Model Railroader forum post by Dave Vollmer he lists the struggles with operations on the N scale door Pennsy layout. I read this thread with great interest and sent in a reply, I have copied it below for reference and interest sake. The original thread Operations - A Personal Struggle Dave, I've been reading this insightful thread with great interest for several days and now have formulated some thoughts and want to share with you my experiences on the subject. I went through a major re-drawing of my layout plan in 2006 once we settled down in NC after our move from New Orleans. In my plan I wanted to have room for both operations and running so that I could enjoy and share the hobby with my family (crew of 4), but also just run trains when I wanted to Railfan. So when I started thinking about both I had to incorporate track arrangement features such as continuous loop segments, staging yard(s), classification yard(s), passenger sidings, main lines, and industry spurs and sidings. The entire layout plan includes an around the walls shelf bracket benchwork system with 2 levels and a no-lix double main line track connecting the two decks. The room measures approximately 21'X16', and I am modeling the Southern and Norfolk Southern merger era of the early 1980's through the mid 1990s. Now that I have about 100% of the benchwork and 90% of the track work for the lower deck completed, and 90% of the no-lix built. I have scraped the current plans for the upper level and have started re-working those plan ideas in my head and in favor of other options. Such as adding an interchange area with another road name such as CSX on the upper level, and in the process will keep in mind all of the track arrangements from the lower level. At the moment I cannot conduct a full ops session, but I can run trains around a loop on the lower level. I can also switch cars between the staging yard, classification yard, and a few industry sidings and spurs, but this is just to get them moved out of the areas for scenery work and such. So I am partially there, but I still have a lot of work to do before full crew sessions will arrive on the layout. So I guess that it fits somewhere in between the sliding scale of the mode and the mean on the roller coaster curve of running and ops. Cheers, Ryan

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