Our next meeting will be Sunday, June 7th from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Our presenters are:
Future meetings will remain on Sundays at 4 PM EDT.
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Meeting ID: 811 2792 5656
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Video Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRLC_vEv4Z0
Carl Blum owns the Misery and Short Life Railroad. Carl discovered toy train collecting in 1994 and operations in 1995. First Place in the K-Line layout design in 1996. Publishing model railroad articles since 1998. Convention Clinics since 2011. You can see more about his layout here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=300992497192775
Carl's presentation is available for download here.
Tom Cain (backup presenter) has worked on the board of the Central Indiana Division of the NMRA for at least 15 years. His layout was built with the help of three good friends and he's been running trains for 10 years and doing operations for at least 7 years. He will discuss how the JMRI Operations software uses the layout owner's car inventory and information regarding the size of layout sidings and cars needed at those sidings to generate switch lists for layout operation. You can see more about his layout here: https://www.atsf93.com/
Tom's presentation is available for download here.
Video Replay: https://youtu.be/bU9xID3TZ4g
Dan Hinel's railroad is the RailXpress, which is a terminal switching railroad with a CTC controlled double track beltline configuration surrounding a metropolitan area of Gotham. You can download Dan's presentation here and you can view more about his railroad here: https://www.operatingsessions.com/Layouts/Hinel
Video Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOykIIVdaWw
Bob Ellis is a member of the UP Wyoming Division Historical Society and discussed passenger operations. Download this document for more information about the layout You can see more about the organization at http://www.wyomingdivision.org/
Dave Abeles provided this guide to all the software used for remote operations on his railroad.
Unfortunately, the meeting did not get recorded. However, you can download Burr Stewart's slide deck here:
Video Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFazuKt8WsY
John is from Syracuse, Indiana and his railroad is called the Burlington Southern. You can see more about his layout here: https://www.operatingsessions.com/Layouts/Hanske
Thomas Stephens presented the operations scheme for the Texas Northern Model Railroad Club. You can visit the club site at http://texasnorthern.org.
Notes from the session:
Video Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoCPiKtUf28
Richard Sieben is from Island Lake, Illinois and he's modeling the Illinois Northern, which also includes the Chicago Junction and Belt Railway of Chicago. You can see more about his layout here: https://www.operatingsessions.com/Layouts/Sieben
Mark Dance is from Vancouver, BC, Canada and his railroad is called the Columbia & Western. You can see all his videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwSBKwDynjb0ZyfZHSlTcDg
Because of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our hobby, the OpSIG started hosting virtual meetups. The format is simple:
After the two presenters, the virtual meeting is opened for general discussion. For each scheduled event, we plan for two presenters and a backup presenter, since technology sometimes prevents connections, etc.
In terms of content, we want to stay focused on operations. That said, some things just don't work on Zoom:
If you're interested in presenting, please contact Eric Smith at email@example.com. Eric can also do a test meeting if you want to try out your video capabilities.
Our meetings are hosted in Zoom and through the end of May, we can accommodate up to 500 participants. After May, the OpSIG board will determine if the interest is high enough to continue the large meetings for another month. Without the “large meeting” add on, we're limited to 100 participants. However, we are also recording our sessions for publication on YouTube.
Because of the large number of participants, we have to put a few extra rules into place:
Also, since we don't have time to introduce almost 90 people, you can change your name for just this meeting to show your name, location, and/or favorite railroads, if you like. For instance, I might set mine to this:
Eric Smith, Fishers IN, Canadian Pacific/BNSF
To do this, you can click the More button next to your name in the Participants panel and choose Rename.