| The Operations Special Interest Group |
Focused on Realistic Prototype Operation
Resources from the Dispatcher's Office
- April 2017
- 'Develop an Operating Scheme' by Doug Lee
- Doug has provided a two-sheet Excel file workbook that contains a blank template
timetable/staging matrix. Each sheet is designed to capture 12-hours of
train schedule information.
Generic timetable staging form template
- October 2014
- Cleveland 2014 Op Sessions
- July 2014
- Review of Soundrail 2014
- October 2012
- Ops session reviews from Grand Rapids [PDF]
- January 2012
- NC Rail Run Weekend Review [PDF]
VanRail 2011 Review
- October 2011
- Freight Car Handling (corrected) [PDF]
- April 2008
- Tsunami Recommended CVs (Excel Spreadsheet)
- January 2007
- 'A Waybill Operating System' by Ray Fisher
- Full Article
The published article shows routing matrix development in black and white. This sample includes the colors that are needed.
Car cards are generated, four to a page, from the master car inventory file.
Crew Briefs are generated, eight to a sheet, from the master train file. They contain essential information, in concise format, that the crew needs to successfully run the train over its entire route. The size of the brief is similar to a waybill. This size permits it to be inserted into the pocket of a loco card.
Loco cards are generated, four to a page, from the master loco inventory file. As steam and diesel identifying info is slightly different, the cards are printed separately, and usually on different colored card stock. The loco cards are the same size as car cards.
Imagination lets you prepare many different documents to help simplify handling of many different model operation situations. Here are a couple that can give you a taste of the variety of things you can do.
If you operate using Time Table and Train Order procedures, this vital schedule provides the Timetable authority to your trains.
These color coded waybills form the visible heart of this system.
Based on the routing matrix, this chart helps yardmasters determine how to classify and route cars.
- Sample hint sheets
- October 2003
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