A "Steam Up" is a two-day, weekend, event, where American Flyer fanatics convene to frantically set up a fairly complex temporary layout, operate it,
and then tear it down. Includes a couple of photos of this year's event.
Using paint markers to mark the axles of cars using the resistors' marking bands scheme to help identify the owner of the car. Useful in large group settings and during operating settings.
Brooks Stover, Gaylord Gill, and Dave Held each had their layouts open for an operating session at each layout over a Friday and Saturday in April 2008 to local S-scale modelers and a group from Minnesota. Includes several photos of the layouts and the group of operators.
Even if your home layout is not yet finished, it can be successfully operated as long as the track work is ready.
The hobby of model railroading is a game, the author proposes.
This article covers why you might want to hold operating sessions, what you need to have to do operations, and detailed planning to bring it all about.
Having operated on some of the most well-known layouts around the country that are known for their operating sessions, the author describes how he got into operations on his own layout. Includes a track plan of his 12'x37' layout, and cards he uses for his operating sessions.
Sam discusses what operations are, why people like operating session or don't like them, handling stress preparing for a session, car-card system, and how to start the first session.
How can we quickly communicate to guest operators of our layouts where the layout is located and what its purpose is? This article covers many ways to accomplish that. (related web page)
The author shares what it was like preparing for, and holding, the first operating session on his layout.
The author shares his insights after having had 50 operating sessions on this home layout. Includes several photos of the layout, as well as a track plan.
How mail was transferred between cars and local stations, and how that can be simulated with an A.F. #718 or 918 operating mail car.
At the 2016 NASG Convention, there were official operating sessions held for the first time at one of the annual Conventions. The author was able to attend two such sessions, and describes his experiences.
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