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WG&F Matson siding switcher.

Operation on the Webster Groves & Fenton Railroad

Matson switcher model railroad operations on the Webster Groves & Fenton Railroad....
Bob Buschart AT&SF and CB&Q Railroad Rail Op 2011

Photos from the Rail Op 2011 Operations Event

On May 20 & 21, 2011 NMRA members participated in our second Gateway Division Rail Op operations weekend. Operators and layout owners had a great time. The six layouts participating in this event included Rich & Venita Lake, Gary Gross, John Schindler, Hank Kraichely, Bob Johnson and ...
Randy Meyer's Canyon & Rocky Mountain Railroad Rail Op 2010

Photos from the Rail Op 2010 Operations Event

On September 17th & 18th thirty-six Gateway NMRA members participated in the first Gateway Division Rail Op operations weekend. Phil Bonzon reported that "from the feedback it was a resounding success with all having a great time. The layout hosts Hank Kraichely, Gary Gross, Bob Johns...
UTL 14387 Tank Car at the Museum of Transportation

Freight Car Placement in a Train

Railroads take great pains to ensure shipments arrive at their destination intact, especially hazardous materials. Find out how to replicate these efforts on your model railroad, as well as the forces acting on trains....
Streator Steel Mill Overview

Operations and the Steel Industry

Steel industry rail operations on a model train layout....
The Silicon Valley dispatcher's desk and magnetic board with a linear schematic and, on the left, a track diagram of each level.

Notes on Operations – How Other Folks Do It

Thoughts on model railroad operations from the perspective of learning from others....
On the road with the Webster Govers & Fenton Railroad.

Operations with a Computer Spreadsheet

Development of model railroad operations and automation assistance using Microsoft Excel....

Essence of Model Railroad Operations

Basics of Operations, Car Cards and Waybills for your Model Railroad Layout....
John Schindler's St. Louis Junction Railroad Rail Op 2010

Car Card Resources

There are a number of sources for the four-way waybill and car card system Bob discusses in his article, as well as resources and additional information on how to setup your operations....
Modern Train Yard

Freight Yards: What Are All Those Tracks?

A major yard facility looks very confusing but there is a purpose behind each and every track within the yard limits and that purpose helps to determine location, access and size for each track....
Modern Train Yard

Prototype Yards: Adapting Prototype Operations to Model Railroading

How prototype operations can influence what we do as model railroad operators by examining the operations of prototype yard crews in the time period from 1957 through 1961....
Union Pacific Omaha Harriman Dispatch Center

Union Pacific Omaha Harriman Dispatch Center

The Harriman Dispatch Center is within an 1891 Union Pacific freight depot that was converted in the early 1990s to the dispatch center and administrative office housing around 800 employees. Union Pacific dispatchers work in a steel-reinforced concrete bunker within the building. The...