I’ve completed a complete rewrite of the introduction page to the operations section. In addition I’ve added another page to the ops section to improve the information flow. I wrote the original in September 2014 stating that it would be a living document, and so it has proved.
You can read the updated intro page here. That page then refers you to the new 101 – Ops Intro page which has more information on the subject moved on from the first page. I’ve updated several of the other pages also. There is still more work to do to make a better complete article. I’ll continue working on this section during January and February 2018. More information once I complete the new sections.
I don’t expect that you will agree with me on every point in this article series on Operations. For me it is about creating the conversation, and getting people to talk and think about the subject. I hope that you will use it as a jumping off point from which to refine your own vision of what model railroad operations means for you.
Make sure to comment and share your ideas with me. I love hearing what you have to say.
Who says that asking for help doesn’t work?
When I wrote the TSE Boxcars page, about images I took back in 2005 in Austin Texas, I had no idea about the operational nature of the cars. Thanks to Paul, who is familiar with the cars, their loads, and operations I now can share a little more information with you.
This morning (AEST) Paul wrote the following: “Those cars came in empty. We would spot six at a time Balcones Recycling and they would be loaded with waste paper. There was about 30 of these cars that were in captured service. We would send the loaded cars out on the UP. They did not come in loaded with lumber. East end lumber is now long gone, and it has been at least 40 years since they received rail service.”
My thanks go out to Paul for sharing his time and knowledge with me. One of the reasons I love the Model Railway community is their willingness to share. Greatest hobby in the world? I’d like to think so.
I’ve updated the page with the information Paul has provided. Good to know finally what they were there for, and the operation cycle they used.
Small layouts ‘can’ present a problem should the builder underestimate the impact of the types of industries chosen for the layout. For example, a grain elevator may have 20 car spots to be either loaded or unloaded. It sounds like a lot of work to get that grain elevator switched out. However, unless there’s specific switching movements required this job could well be long (as you wait for the first car to be loaded or unloaded, then move forward, and repeat the process over again) and could turn out to be very boring.
NOTE: There is an example of one such elevator in Melbourne, Victoria that I’ll share that proves the exception to the rule.
On the other hand, a single siding with say six spots, each having a specific commodity billed to the spot, can need more brain power and work to complete in a session. This may provide the answer those who are looking to add more play value in the game that we call Model Railway Operations.
Site 1: Spot order and small layouts [+ Link Here]
Recently on the Port Rowan blog, Chris Mears talked about this same issue. In this post he describes what simply the concept I mentioned above and gives some great references for you to take away and think about for those industries on your own layout.
I hope that you enjoy the read. If you do leave a comment for Chris. He loves them and answers every one.