Category: Operations

East Rail on Film!

Here’s a blast from the past….Splitting off of Miami’s “East Rail” siding, just south of the main industrial park, is a one track spur that dives into the weeds, and weaves through concrete canyons between closely packed structures.  At the end of the spur there is a blind crossing of 37th Avenue to reach an…


Brooklyn Terminal ProRail Ops

  ProRail, the national operations convention, is now in the bag. I was a little surprised how drawn the attendees were to running the BT layout.  For the most part it ran well although some minor track tuning issues cropped up.  Approaches to this entire “operations” thing varies from person to person and layout host to…


Operating the LAJ

While waiting for supplies to come in for the Brooklyn Terminal layout, I doubled back to other areas. As a host layout for the upcoming ProRail national operating convention, it’s time to make sure all of my ducks are in a row.  I’ll be running both the Downtown Spur and LAJ layouts simultaneously so will…


August 27, 2017

  Yesterday I got a new wireless throttle in the mail for use with my EasyDCC system, a T5000 to be specific.  Love it.  I decided to put it through the paces by setting up an op. session.  The LAJ layout will probably accommodate somewhere between ten and twelve corn syrup tank cars.  Right now…


One turnout, two years of satisfaction and going strong

  I’ve never been one for artificially designing  un-realistic switching nightmares into a track plan.  The prototype offers up enough to keep you thinking as is and does so with relatively little track. Switching Sweetener Products is challenging on a few fronts.  First, this is a car spot driven industry.  Each tank car contains a…