Event Calendar

Operating Events

These events are up-coming within a year or so, and are open to all interested parties regardless of OPSIG membership, which is of course encouraged but not required. If you would like to attend, you must contact the host and secure an invitation. For changes, corrections and or additions contact Ron Copher, OPSIG Calendar Coordinator.

Weekly or Other

Huntersville (North Carolina)
Knight Bros. & Dad Railroad: (Open Invite, However must contact first)
Regularly: Operating Session Every Monday Night
Contact: Rick Knight 336-202-2474

1400' of HO track on 3 levels modeling the Norfolk Southern "S" Line (Spencer to Asheville, NC) in the modern "today" era 9 operators needed to run but more are always welcome 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Alberta (Edmonton)
Edmonton Model Railroad Association: (contact first)
Regularly: Session are held quarterly
Website: http://emra.club
Contact: Brian Stokes - bstokesndp@gmail.com

Sessions suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first Saturday of February The first Saturday of May (when possible, will be an 8 hour session) The last Saturday of August with a 7 PM start The first Saturday of November (when possible, will be an 8 hour session) Operate the Monashee Pacific Railway using TT&TO over 785’ mainline with 11 online switching locations, including two large yards. Given enough operators, we run with a dispatcher and two operators to distribute orders. There is work for up to 22 people, from simple to complex. Members are on hand to help beginners. Next session February 4, 1PM


North Carolina (Hendersonville)
Burlington Northern 1977 OPS: (Call First)
Regularly: 4th Sunday of each month 2 PM start
Contact: Terry Harrison nkpman587@gmail.com 828 808-4427

BN operations based layout set in Minneapolis, MN area in June, 1977. Up to 13 operators for full crew. 4th Sunday of each month at 2 PM. Contact first for availability.

Oregon (Clackamas)
Willamette Model Railroad Club: (Contact First)
Regularly: Last Saturday of the Month
Contact: Rick Andrews drdrews1@frontier.com 503-880-1412

We focus on main line freight operations as they could have existed in 1979 between Albany and Bend Oregon, via the Santiam Pass route. Trains run according to a line-up that coordinates the movement of freight on and off the modeled portion of our railroad. The movement of trains is directed by a dispatcher, who issues track warrants giving trains the authority to occupy specific segments of the main line.

Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky (Indianapolis IN.)
Miami Valley Modular Railway: (Open but contact menber)
Regularly: Novi, MI Suburban Collection Showplace 3-4,3-5
Contact: Pete Washburn Operations Agent pwashburn@abracadabranet.com (937) 271-7855

The Miami Valley Modular Railway is a 100% NMRA portable modular club layout located in the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky region. We are invited to several train shows in this area where we setup our layout to show guests how modern model railroading works. Our layout normally consists of about 60 HO modules with a dual mainline of approximately 340’. Although at these types of public train shows operations isn’t our main focus, we normally have several Locals setup for guest OpSig members to operate on an ad hoc basis during the show on our separate Industrial Runner line that also makes a complete loop of the layout. I’m trying to make more OpsSig members aware of the shows we’re participating in so that they could stop by and “run a Local” during their time at the show.The Miami Valley Modular Railway is in HO scale based predominately on the Sipping and Switching Society of NC modular standard. We’re running a NCE DCC command system with both NCE wireless cabs and JMRI WiThrottle smart phones. These two events are “train shows” but we also have hosted Ops Weekends having participated in SWOOPS in the Fall of 2015 and the Regional Convention here in Dayton in 2013. It looks like we’ll be involved with a pure Ops weekend in Crossville, TN in October 2017.

California (Paso Robles)
SP Santa Margarita Sub: (Open invite but call or email first)
Regularly: Op Sessions 2nd Saturday 1-5pm
Contact: Paul Deis pdeis@att.net 805-776-2082

It is early in the 1950’s on the California Central Coast. The Southern Pacific is moving a lot of freight up and down the Coast Line. Passengers are still riding the rails. First generation diesel locomotives are starting to push the steam locomotives to the scrapper’s torch. On the Santa Margarita Sub we will working freight and passenger trains from San Luis Obispo to San Miguel California. We will be working under Time Table, Train Order authority. We will keep a handle on our work with Car Cards and Waybills. Layout includes the towns of Grover, Edna, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, Templeton, Paso Robles and San Miguel on two levels. Staging representing Santa Barbara and Watsonville are located on additional levels above and below. Helpers may be required over Cuesta. Control is NCE Radio

Scottsdale (Arizona)
Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society: (Open however contact first)
Regularly: one Saturday a month
Website: http://scottsdalemrhs.org/index.html
Contact: Jim Shafer railroadops@cox.net

The Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society Railroad is up and running. We now have jobs for 12 to 16 people per session. We operate on Saturday once a month from 10 to 2:30 and one Wednesday from 6 to 10 pm. I send out an email the month before to prospective guests with the dates for the next month. People sign up by replying to the email. We also get emails from people on the list who are coming to the Phoenix area asking if we can set up a session while they are here. We almost always can.

Virginia (Glen Allen/Richmond)
Easton & Potomac Railroad: (Contact first)
Website: www.easton-and-potomac.com
Contact: Keith Stillman kfstillman@comcast.net

Multi-deck operations oriented layout featuring regular sessions Weekend and week nights. Please contact first for invite.

Michigan (Grand Rapids and Flint)
Live Steam Card Order sessions: (All meets are by invitation only)
Contact: Bob Hill upbigboy4004@aol.com 810-797-4961.

Live Steam Card Order sessions on the Michigan Central Railroad of Bill & Gisela Hays

Arizona (Cornville)
Wyoming Division Historical Soc. Operating Session: (Open, contact first for invitation and documents)
Regularly: Second Saturday of the Month
Website: www.wyomingdivision.org
Contact: Verryl Fosnight wyodivops@gmail.com

The Wyoming Division, a 4,000 square foot HO layout with 1,006 feet of double mains in Cornville, Arizona, models UP operations in 1957 with a unique and simple 4 card car forwarding system (Cars, Blocks, Locos, and Train Orders). We will operate on the second Saturday of each month with 50+ operators. Contact Verryl at the above email for a reservation and literature about the layout, the operating system, the regular sessions, and occasional training sessions for new operators. Special sessions may be set up for large groups.

North Carolina (Mooresville)
Mooresville Model Railroaders Club Operations: (Open However contact first)
Regularly: First and Fifteenth of the month
Contact: mooresville.model.railroaders@gmail.com

We meet somtimes once or twice a month , our operating layout is an O scale three Rail 25x25 bi level layout , we use Lionel Legacy cab 1L remotes we have a CTC dispatchers desk with a rather crude CTC board but it works well , we run Freight and a passenger service with a timetable .usually the first and the fifteenth of the month depending on everybody schedules usually on Saturdays from 1 to 5, We typically operate casually with five or six guys at present all operators are welcome must contact us in advance

Texas (Conroe)
All Points North Model Railroad Club: (Open invite however please contact first)
Regularly: Check website for future operating sessions
Website: http://www.allpointsnorthmrrc.org/
Contact: Michael McCrae or Roger Macauley mmccrae47@gmail.com or rogermac17@comcast.net 281-832-0165

http://www.allpointsnorthmrrc.org/Operations.htm has useful information about the club's session


Missouri (Mexico)
Mexico Train Works: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: Fourth Saturday of odd-numbered months
Website: www.mexicotrains.com
Contact: Pat Hiatte patrickhiatte@gmail.com

The club’s HO scale Missouri, Texas & Western replaces the Katy Railroad between Boonville, Mo., and Parsons, Kan., circa 1995. The two-level layout features 775 feet of single-track main line and a 90-foot branch line.

Louisiana (LA/ Baton Rouge)
Midsouth Model Railroad Club Inc: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: First Saturday of the even months
Website: www.midsouthmodelrrclub.com
Contact: Arthur Houston ahouston3xx@gmail.com 504- 723- 9290

The Club holds Bi Monthly op sessions on first sat of even number months


Arizona (Phoenix)
SunRail: (Open Invite, however please contact first)
Regularly: TBA
Contact: W David Doiron ddoiron@cox.net 602-550-3583

This event is an operations boot camp sponsored by the OpSig PSR regional coordinator, directed toward beginning operators. Topics include traffic routing and car forwarding followed by hands-on experience. Attendance will be limited; contact for information.


Washington State (Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia Area)
Soundrail: ( Contact first)
Regularly: 3rd weekend in March, even years
Website: www.soundrail.org
Contact: see website

From Whidbey Island in the north to Olympia in the south, you'll run on a fascinating variety of layouts including some of the finest in the country. Operating sessions feature some of the best-known layouts in the country and will be held Thursday through Saturday.

Massachusetts (Boston)
RailRun Boston: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: March annually
Contact: Carl Senftleben shoalsrr@gmail.com

Come run on ten to fifteen layouts in the Boston MA area and enjoy some great railroads while having lots of fun.

Indiana (Indianapolis)
CIRROPS - (Central Indiana Railroad Operators): (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: Spring
Website: www.cirrops.org

California (Bay Area)
BayRails: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: March, odd years
Website: www.BayRails.com
Contact: Seth Neumann website@bayrails.com

Operating sessions will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Eighteen Bay Area railroads will be available for your selection as well as bonus layouts on Wednesday before and Sunday after the main events, located a little further afield. The operating sessions are held during the day and will generally run 4-6 hours with a break for lunch.


Michigan (Oakland County, and adjacent areas of South East Michigan)
Southeast Michigan Ops Weekend NMRA event: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: Spring - Odd numbered years (Next event 2021)
Website: https://www.operatingsessions.com
Contact: Chuck White or John Depauw Railcarman@frontier.com or eje700@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Clinton River Division, North Central Region, NMRA Ops Weekend RETURNS to Southeast Michigan!!

New York (Utica/Syracuse)
CNY NMRA Ops Weekend: (Open but contact first)
Website: http://www.cnynmra.org/Ops_Weekend.html
Contact: Bill Brown Ops 'til You Drop Chairman

Block out the dates of April 1st and 2nd, 2017, for your participation in the Division's 4th Annual Operations Weekend entitled: "Ops 'til You Drop". We are inviting railroad enthusiasts from all over the northeast to participate, and of course that includes all of our CNY Division members. No operations experience is necessary. The cost is a just $10. All of your info and a registration form are available on the division websitePlease Note: In order to maintain our insurance coverage, participants must be members of the NMRA. The most affordable membership option is the NMRA's "Railpass"--$9.95 for 6 months. If you have never used this, and have not been a member for 2 years, you qualify. For membership information, check out the NMRA's website: www.nmra.org/ or talk to any CNY Division officer. Hope to see you there.

New York (Long Island area)
IslandOps 2019: (Open however contact thru website)
Regularly: TBD
Website: http://www.islandops.org/index.html
Contact: Registrar islandops@outlook.com Information Request info@islandops.org

We will have four operating session start times - Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning - at a number of different layouts within about 45 minutes of central Nassau County. The layouts range in size from a 2 x 10 layout representing one block plus a floatbridge in New York City to a 5,600 square foot club layout representing a line from the New Jersey waterfront to central Pennsylvania. They range in era from 1940 to 2013, and in theme from hectic urban canyons to relaxed rural Long Island.


Texas (Cental Texas Area)
Spring Fling Live Steam Operation: (Contact for invitation)
Contact: Peter Byran peterb@pdq.net

Live team operations on 3 miles of track plus a 2500 foot branch line. Over 70 industries and 15 towns. This is the first and only true point to point Live Steam railroad in the U.S. Dates are always the first week after Mothers Day as it has been for the past 16 years

Colorado (Denver Area)
RockyOps North 2019: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: Odd number years
Website: www.rockyop.org
Contact: Don Meeker meeker2005@comcast.net

Everyone with ANY level of operations experience is welcome, from the novice to the most experienced. Registration will be through our WEB site on a first come first served basis beginning after the first on the year.


New Jersey (Union)
INVITATIONAL OPERATING SESSION & BBQ!: (Open however Contact first)
Regularly: TBA
Website: www.tmrci.org
Contact: Model Railroad Club, Inc info@tmrci.org 908-964-9724

18 POSITIONS AVAILABLE 7 POSITIONS AVAILABLE Dispatcher Dispatcher (CTC Machine) Pittsburgh Engine Terminal Foreman 5 Cabs Pittsburgh Passenger Yardmaster Ringoes Yard Pittsburgh Freight Yardmaster Bellefonte Tower Operator RAHWAY RIVER R. R. (HO SCALE SHORTLINE) Jim Thorpe Tower Operator 2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE Summit Tower Operator 2 Cabs Gilberton Freight Yardmaster Gilberton Tower Operator/Passenger Yardmaster Murray Hill Station Agent* Bernardsville Tower Operator* Gladstone Tower Operator* 6 Road Cabs

Oregon (Portland Area)
Western Oregon Ops: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: June, odd numbered years
Next scheduled: Thu, Jun 13, 2019 - Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Contact: Rick Andrews woops745@gmail.com

We have 13 layouts on the docket for 2019. We’re looking to attract a crew of 72, who would like to help their fellow WOOPS participants put these fun-to-operate layouts through their paces. WOOPS crew members will get to operate on three of the thirteen layouts, one layout on each of the 3 days. All the layouts are well known in the area and every one of them provides a fun day of model railroad operations.

California (Greater Los Angeles Area)
SoCalOps-2020: ( Invitation only, contact first)
Regularly: Second weekend in June 2 weeks after Memorial Day
Next scheduled: Fri, Jun 12, 2020 - Sun, Jun 14, 2020
Website: http://www.socalops.com/
Contact: Al Daumann socalops2020@gmail.com

SoCalOps-2020 follows the initial pilot event held in 2012, with subsequent events in 2014, 2016 & 2018.


Alberta, Canada (Edmonton)
Northern Rails: (Open invite but must contact first)
Regularly: September of even years - Cancelled in 2020
Website: www3.telus.net/public/ulvestad/NorthernRails.html
Contact: Cal Sexsmith calvinsexsmith@sasktel.net

British Columbia (Greater Vancouver Area)
VanRail: (Invitation only, please contact first)
Regularly: 2nd weekend in September, odd years
Website: http://www.vanrail.ca/
Contact: Scott Calvert scottcalvert@shaw.ca 604-562-1022

Operations weekend in arguably one of the most beautiful areas of Canada featuring numerous layouts of several scales and operation systems. Participants will operate on three different layouts, and will also enjoy a couple of RR related clinics as well as some other social events while attending.

Ohio (Lima)
Great Lakes Getaway– South:
Regularly: TBA
Contact: Bruce Carpenter bnsf89@bright.net



Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Minn-Rail: (open invite, however Contact first)
Regularly: TBD
Next scheduled: Fri, Oct 11, 2019 - Sun, Oct 13, 2019
Website: http://www.minn-rail.org/
Contact: Dave Hamilton mzz64@yahoo.com 763 274 9120

We intend to have 4 op session periods at the 2019 event (ie: Friday eve, Sat morning, Sat late afternoon and Sun morn) and with approximately 17 railroads (including 2-3 new ones this time.

Pennsylvania (Allentown/Harrisburg/York)
Lehigh Susquehanna Operations: (open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: October
Website: http://www.susquehannanmra.org/LSOP/LSOP9/default.htm
Contact: Wayne Betty wsb@mycyberlink.net 717.951-.5055

Come operate on three large impressive layouts in the Allentown area, and three in the Harrisburg/York area.

Illiniois (Chicago area)
AmRail: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: October even years
Contact: Mike Ritschdorff nwpoca@hotmail.com 773-763-1516

A very large and popular event, come to the Windy City and operate on many large and very operations oriented layouts.

Wisconsin (Milwaukee area)
Milwaukee Optoberfest: (Open however contact thru website)
Regularly: Last weekend in October
Website: http://my.execpc.com/~jruss/Optoberfest2017/Opfest2017.html
Contact: Joe Russ jruss@execpc.com

Operate on up to four of 12-15 layouts in the Southeastern Wisconsin area. This event may be expanded to Sunday morning sessions October 29.

New Hampshire (Laconia)
Northeastern Region Lakeport: (Open Invite, Contact First)
Website: http://www.seacoastnmra.org/Convention/Lakeport2013/Welcome.html
Contact: NER OPSIG Coordinator Al Oneto aloneto@optonline.net

. The Northeastern Region will be holding it’s annual convention in Laconia, NH. Operation will be a main attraction of this convention, though there will be the usual clinics, contests, tours, etc. We are offering 165 operation slots at seven home layouts during seven time periods. In addition to these, there will be two modular groups offering op sessions at the convention hotel and two other modular groups offering opportunities to jump in and operate switching moves. In addition several operation oriented clinics will be presented. For more information check the convention website

Arizona (Phoenix)
Desert Ops: ((Open Invite, Contact first)
Regularly: Fourth weekend of even-numbered years
Website: http://desertops.org/
Contact: W David Doiron ddoiron@cox.net 602-550-3583

DesertOps is a semi-annual model railroad ops event in Phoenix Arizona held on the fourth weekend in October of even-numbered years. Layout owners are pleased to host this event to share the fun and camaraderie of prototype railroad operations. Participation will be first-come first-served by registration through our website at http://www.desertops.org/ where you can make your session choices and obtain hotel information.

Ohio (Cincinnati-Dayton)
SouthWest Ohio OPS weekend (SWOOPS): (Open however Contact first)
Regularly: October
Next scheduled: Fri, Oct 18, 2019 - Sun, Oct 20, 2019
Website: https://swoopsrail.wordpress.com/
Contact: Richard Stern Rstern1@cinci.rr.com 513-729-1054

We expect to have at least a dozen layouts available for operations, many of which have been published in “Great Model Railroads” and “Model Railroader”. Layouts are in three scales, as well as standard and narrow gauge. One of the largest modular layouts in the US may be included. Operating plans include CTC, sequential and TTTO, and car forwarding includes car cards and switch lists. Sessions will begin on Friday evening, with two sessions on Saturday and a session on Sunday. Our website at https://swoopsrail.wordpress.com/ is be up and running with descriptions of the layouts in June, and we expect registration to be open in mid-July.


Wisconsin/Michigan (Meet is rotated around the division each year)
Winnebagoland Division: (Contact First)
Regularly: First Saturday of November
Contact: Dave Rickaby wmwestdiv@yahoo.com

They use this gathering to teach, encourage, and share operations while having fun and getting together.

Texas (Dallas, Forth Worth)
DFW Interchange Operating Weekend: (Open invite, however Contact first)
Regularly: November
Website: http://dfwinterchange.com/
Contact: Chris Atkins chris@railroadmodelers.com

We have a number of slots left and are looking for operators from out side the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex. There will be a Friday evening session, Saturday morning and afternoon sessions, and a Sunday morning session. There will also be a traditional bull session over diner Saturday evening. There are 19 operating home layouts and one club layout participating this year. The hotel will be the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 15160 Quorum Dr in Addison. The price is $59 a night and the reservation cutoff is Oct.11, 2013. The reservation phone number is 800-321-2211, mention DFW Interchange. The website has a link you can use as well. The hotel is just down the street from the DFW Metroplex's premier hobby shop, Discount Model Trains

California (San Diego)
TT&TO Operation on the Tehachapi Pass Layout: (Request to Participate via the website)
Regularly: Next operations planned in November of 2016
Website: http://www.opsontehachapi.com

The operation will use 1953-era equipment, with full fleet of big steam, 1st generation diesels, corresponding car fleet, train orders with open telegraph offices, switchlists, and a real-time (bring watch!) timetable. Operation is planned for approximately 10 hours on Saturday and Sunday, with crew rotations at the 5 hour mark. Line will be in operation from Bakersfield to Mojave Yard, located on the mezzanine. There are approximately 35-45 operating positions available. The positions to be filled before operation can start each day are: Dispatcher, telegraph station operators, and yardmasters. To see the full list of potential positions, please reference opsontehachapi.com, "Request to Participate" page. There will be a small fee charged each participant to cover costs for security and on-site lunch. Motel Information will be provided upon sign-up. Please respond by email with the above subject line with the following information: 1. Name of Operator; 2. Operating position (DS, YM, TO, Road Crew, am or pm, Sat or Sun); 3. Any circumstances preventing full-time participation; 4. Any dietary restrictions (for lunches).