OP Session

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OP Session

Unread postby aadti » Tue May 30, 2017 9:00 am

I want to invite anyone that is interested.

We have a Division 4 OP Session this Saturday June 3rd at the Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society 4040 Leland NW Comstock Park MI 49321. The schedule will be as follows Orientation at 10am, Start running trains 10:30am, Break for lunch around noon, will finish about 3pm.

See grmrhs.org for more info on the layout.

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Re: OP Session

Unread postby Trainman2223 » Wed May 31, 2017 11:40 pm

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Re: OP Session

Unread postby aadti » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:44 am

Trainman2223 wrote:https://www.grmrhs.org/ :?:


Thanks! Got overzealous with the R's
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Re: OP Session

Unread postby fmilhaupt » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:42 pm

A couple of us came up from SE Michigan to take part in this operating session, yesterday.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and found the GRMRHS guys to be great hosts. The club's layout represents the PM/C&O's Chicago-GR, GR-Plymouth and GR-Petoskey lines, including the branch to Manistee and the bit from Baldwin to Ludington.

To fit all of this into the building, they have different lines running in the foreground and in the background of each section of benchwork. It ends up looking confusing on the track plan, but I was pleased to see how well it worked when actually running trains, particularly since you wind up concentrating on your own train, rather than those in a scene in front of or behind your own. It's a trade-off necessary to get all of the track in place, but one that I thought works well here.

I found that the the deck heights for their double-deck benchwork felt comfortable to me (at 5'10") and made switching pleasant on both levels.

There's a broad spectrum of what people define as operation. I've run on layouts ranging from those where "operating" meant just running in circles and keeping out of everybody else's way, to a couple where full prototypical rules and practices were enforced and lots of paperwork was involved. The session here is very relaxing and enjoyable, with the barest minimum of paperwork I can remember seeing anywhere. The working mainline CTC makes it perfectly clear when you are allowed to proceed, and a card-less and list-less method of car movement is very easy to understand.

If you've never been to any kind of operating session, I'd recommend the sort of session that the GRMRHS held yesterday as good introduction. Each train we ran had a sense of purpose, and no part of the experience felt overwhelming.

Here are a few photos I shot after the session.

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The coaling tower at Ludington, which serves both the steam locomotives and the car ferries


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The swing bridge at St Joseph


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Thom Post's meticulously scratchbuilt Lake Odessa depot

Thanks to Mark, Hank, Wyett and the others for a very enjoyable operating session!
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Re: OP Session

Unread postby astrovanman1989 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:12 pm

to bad my rr museum had an open house saturday or i might have stoped by saturday maybee next time is the layout dcc
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Re: OP Session

Unread postby aadti » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:11 pm

astrovanman1989 wrote:to bad my rr museum had an open house saturday or i might have stoped by saturday maybee next time is the layout dcc


Yes the layout is DCC We use NCE
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Re: OP Session

Unread postby CAT345C » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:21 pm

Wow, the layout looks awesome. Im gonna have to visit some time! Only been by it a thousand times on the train.
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Re: OP Session

Unread postby dmitzel » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:09 pm

fmilhaupt wrote:A couple of us came up from SE Michigan to take part in this operating session, yesterday....


That's some great modeling! Will have to visit during the NCR Fall Convention, and maybe partake in some Ops if offered.
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Re: OP Session

Unread postby aadti » Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:43 pm

dmitzel wrote:
fmilhaupt wrote:A couple of us came up from SE Michigan to take part in this operating session, yesterday....


That's some great modeling! Will have to visit during the NCR Fall Convention, and maybe partake in some Ops if offered.


Please go to grmrhs.org and click on the "Runnin the Rails tab and you can register online. Ops are being offered and if you register early you will receive a packet with op's info.

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