Prototypical Model Railway Operations
On Two Terrific Model Railroads

Setting up Craftsman Corner at Train Expo
craftsman corner display

A group of us from the Niagara Frontier Region (NFR) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) travelled to Train Expo in Ottawa, Canada in late April, 2014. We were presenting our Craftsman Corner where we build and demonstrate model railroad related items. 

We were joined by model railroaders from the Ottawa and Gatineau areas. Our leader, Al Crisp (MMR 430), had arranged for us to operate on Bill Scobie's Sn3 Denver and Rio Grande Western mountainous layout and on Tom Hood's Canadian Northern HO layout set in the summer of 1948, complete with timetables, rules, and train orders.

I had seen these layouts during the 2008 Ottawa NMRA Convention but had not been involved in model railway operations on them. You can see a description and photos of these and other Ottawa-area layouts at Bytown Bobber Convention.

Here is a video I took Friday evening at Bill Scobie's Sn3 layout as I followed a way freight from Rico to Ridgeway.

Model railway operations on Bill Scobie's Sn3 layout

Operations on Tom Hood's Canadian Northern layout

We went to Tom's home after Train Expo closed for the day on Saturday. This was going to be full prototypical model railway operations. Tom's regular crew who knew the railroad and the ops plan were on hand to guide us as we threaded our trains over the trackage. Tom's dispatcher and overall coordinator, Doug Matheson, controlled timetable and train order operations from his computer in his "office" in the crew lounge. The layout is set in the summer of 1948 in Ontario, Canada. Here's an in-depth look at model railway operations on a very large, double-decked HO layout.

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