Virtual Meetups Replays and Files - 2022

Past Virtual Meetups: 2021 Virtual Meetups, 2020 Virtual Meetups

April 24, 2022 Meetup


John Parker's BNSF Fall River Division is a modern-era prototype-based freelance model railroad of the BNSF Railway in 2017. The presentation provides an overview of the layout design (specifically for operations), management of the operating session itself, and unique operational aspects during each session.


March 20, 2022 Meetup


Cal Sexsmith presented "The Three Way Freight Solution" and how to get initial operations set up on your railroad. 


February 20, 2022 Meetup


This month's session was an open forum. These were the topics we discussed:

00:00 Passenger train operations - the recording did not start right away 
26:01 JMRI fast clock - using a decimal amount for the ratio 
28:45 Uncouplers in passenger terminals 
39:56 Designing operations on a looped layout 
49:58 Running steam engines on model railroad layouts 
55:00 Dealing with an aging car fleet


January 23, 2022 Meetup


Mike Roque presented a clinic on operations called "Operations on the Sierra Central" (Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society's HO scale railroad) that included Layout Overview (Overall design, era/locale, staging and classification yards, and towns/areas), Goals & Challenges (Fun, accuracy, and efficiency vs. operators, the layout, and traffic flow), Job Aids (Callboard/lineup, yard train departures, signal rules, job cards, car cards/waybills, and more), Train Types (Yard switcher, local, hauler/manifest, passenger, and special), and Jobs Tour (Understand what every job/train on the railroad does).