In modern times at least, railroads lock everything.  Switches, gates, derails you name it, nothing happens without the conductor reaching for the keychain first.  To have a model railroad where opening things is as simple as an  instantaneous flip of a toggle strays from the pace of the real world.   I’ve written before that it […]

Solo Operating Sessions

Whenever I’m at an operating session I invariably ask the host how often they run their layout just by themselves.  The answer is an almost unanimous “never”.  There are number of reasons for this.  I suspect in many cases the layout owner derives most of their hobby enjoyment from building things and operating sessions are […]