NASG Dispatch Articles: Operations

Car Identification Idea

Issue:
1990 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

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.

Interstate All-'S' Operating Weekend

Issue:
2008 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
Brooks Stover
Description:

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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Even if your home layout is not yet finished, it can be successfully operated as long as the track work is ready.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The hobby of model railroading is a game, the author proposes.

Making a Case for Operation

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

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.

Operation, Basic and Simple

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
14
Author:
Russ Mobley
Description:

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.

S Tracks

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

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.

S Tracks

Issue:
2011 #2 April
Page:
19
Author:
Dan Vandermause
Description:

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)

S Tracks

Issue:
2012 #3 June
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author shares what it was like preparing for, and holding, the first operating session on his layout.

The Way It Was

Issue:
2001 #3 June
Page:
11
Author:
Marvin Layman
Description:

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.

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