Category: Operations

A Little Time Study

In the past few years, when planning a layout for myself, I’ve taken a more time oriented approach.  How long do I want it to take me to reach the fifty or sixty per cent completion point?  How long do I want an op. session to last?  Will I be operating primarily solo? What work…


Fusee’s

  I love this video by Snuffy’s Cat Productions on the Malabar Job.  In particular, check out the use of fusee’s for the grade crossing at the 2:07 mark. LogicRail Technologies makes a nice fusee device that’s easy to install.  Modeling this safety procedure adds time to an op. session, effectively “stretching” the size of your…


From My Readers

  Tom Klimoski keeps turning out great videos of his Georgia Northeastern Layout.  His latest is an ops. related piece on his Elizabeth Yard Turn Job posted on YouTube.   Two-dimensional drawings will only take you so far in terms of visualizing scene composition.  Christian Summers got around this by building a 1/10th scale mock up…


High Horsepower Locals

One of my blog followers, a prototype “railroader”, sent me the following note: “I’ve noticed that when I see models of locals they tend to always have a 4-axle diesel or two as power. On my district it’s common to see 2 or 3 six-axle units on locals and even as yard switchers. The ever-popular…


Real Time Operations

Click thumbnail to view video Thanks to blog follower Justin for forwarding the link to this great YouTube video of CSX local D700 switching Standale Lumber in Grandville, MI.  What struck me is that this entire sequence could be modeled in real time.   The clip is roughly twenty minutes long.  You could inch through the…