Rail Ops Weekend Planning Has Begun!!
We will be hosting
our popular "Rail Ops Weekend" October 9-11, 2015, in Charlotte and the
surrounding area. The event will kick off on Friday and will run
Saturday and Sunday, featuring opportunities to run trains on several
local model railroads.
The owners of the
layouts to be featured consider prototype operations to be some of the
most fun and challenging of activities in the model railroad hobby.
Participants will have the chance to operate trains following the
practices of real railroads. There will be opportunities for
dispatchers, yardmasters, and train crews to coordinate and move the
traffic across these railroads.
"Rail Ops Weekend"
is for anyone who has an interest in realistic operations. Beginners to
experienced veterans of operations are welcome to attend.
We are currently
putting together a schedule for the event. If you have a layout that is
open for operations, we would love to have you on our schedule. Please
contact Marcus Neubacher
if you are willing to open your railroad to guests.
More details will
be posted here as the schedule develops and event registration opens
later this summer.
is a Rail Ops Weekend all about?
Rail Ops Weekend is
sponsored by the Carolina Southern Division and usually occurs in odd-numbered
years. The event is focused on operating
model railroads so that trains do more than just run around loops on a layout.
During Rail Ops sessions, participants assume the roles of various persons
involved in running prototype railroads (locomotive engineers, conductors,
dispatchers, yardmasters, etc.) and together operate the layout as if it were a
When and where does Rail Ops Weekend
During the year, layout
owners around the area hold operating sessions involving mostly local
folks who form a core 'crew'. However, once a year, many of them open up
their pikes to participants from all over the country for a series of
operating sessions all on the same weekend. The 2012 session, called NC
Rail Run 2012, was the weekend of October 5-7,2012. Layouts in the
Greater Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh areas were featured.
To get a taste of what a Rail Ops Weekend is about you can read our
reports on this website:
-- This page is a report on the
2009 Rail Ops Weekend.
NC Rail Run 2011 is documented here.
How can I get in on the
Information about and registration for Rail Ops Weekend will appear
in this space.
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