events are up-coming within a year or so, and are open to all interested
parties regardless of OPSIG membership, which is of course encouraged
but not required. If you would like to attend, you must contact the host
and secure an invitation. For changes, corrections and or additions
contact Ron Copher,
You may also be interested in OPSIG events at the NMRA National Convention.
Weekly or Other
Huntersville (North Carolina)
Knight Bros. & Dad Railroad: (Open Invite, However must contact first)
Regularly: Operating Session Every Monday Night
Contact: Rick Knight 336-202-2474
1400' of HO track on 3 levels modeling the Norfolk Southern "S" Line (Spencer to Asheville, NC)
in the modern "today" era 9 operators needed to run but more are always welcome 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Edmonton Model Railroad Association: (contact first)
Regularly: Session are held quarterly
Contact: Peter Ulvestad email@example.com
The first Saturday of February
The first Saturday of May (when possible, will be an 8 hour session)
The last Saturday of August with a 7 PM start
The first Saturday of November (when possible, will be an 8 hour session)
Operate the Monashee Pacific Railway using TT&TO over 785’ mainline with 11 online switching locations, including two large yards. Given enough operators, we run with a dispatcher and two operators to distribute orders. There is work for up to 22 people, from simple to complex. Members are on hand to help beginners.
Next session February 4, 1PM
North Carolina (Hendersonville)
Burlington Northern 1977 OPS: (Call First)
Regularly: 4th Sunday of each month 2 PM start
Contact: Terry Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org
BN operations based layout set in Minneapolis, MN area in June, 1977. Up to 13 operators for full crew. 4th Sunday of each month at 2 PM. Contact first for availability.
Willamette Model Railroad Club: (Contact First)
Regularly: Last Saturday of the Month
Contact: Rick Andrews email@example.com
We focus on main line freight operations as they could have existed in 1979 between Albany and Bend Oregon, via the Santiam Pass route. Trains run according to a line-up that coordinates the movement of freight on and off the modeled portion of our railroad. The movement of trains is directed by a dispatcher, who issues track warrants giving trains the authority to occupy specific segments of the main line.
Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky (Indianapolis IN.)
Miami Valley Modular Railway: (Open but contact menber)
Regularly: Novi, MI Suburban Collection Showplace 3-4,3-5
Contact: Pete Washburn Operations Agent firstname.lastname@example.org
The Miami Valley Modular Railway is a 100% NMRA portable modular club layout located in the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky region. We are invited to several train shows in this area where we setup our layout to show guests how modern model railroading works. Our layout normally consists of about 60 HO modules with a dual mainline of approximately 340’. Although at these types of public train shows operations isn’t our main focus, we normally have several Locals setup for guest OpSig members to operate on an ad hoc basis during the show on our separate Industrial Runner line that also makes a complete loop of the layout.
I’m trying to make more OpsSig members aware of the shows we’re participating in so that they could stop by and “run a Local” during their time at the show.The Miami Valley Modular Railway is in HO scale based predominately on the Sipping and Switching Society of NC modular standard. We’re running a NCE DCC command system with both NCE wireless cabs and JMRI WiThrottle smart phones. These two events are “train shows” but we also have hosted Ops Weekends having participated in SWOOPS in the Fall of 2015 and the Regional Convention here in Dayton in 2013. It looks like we’ll be involved with a pure Ops weekend in Crossville, TN in October 2017.
Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society: (Open however contact first)
Regularly: one Saturday a month
Contact: Jim Shafer email@example.com
The Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society Railroad is up and running. We now have jobs for 12 to 16 people per session. We operate on Saturday once a month from 10 to 2:30 and one Wednesday from 6 to 10 pm. I send out an email the month before to prospective guests with the dates for the next month. People sign up by replying to the email. We also get emails from people on the list who are coming to the Phoenix area asking if we can set up a session while they are here. We almost always can.
Virginia (Glen Allen/Richmond)
Easton & Potomac Railroad: (Contact first)
Contact: Keith Stillman firstname.lastname@example.org
Multi-deck operations oriented layout featuring regular sessions Weekend and week nights. Please contact first for invite.
Michigan (Grand Rapids and Flint)
Live Steam Card Order sessions: (All meets are by invitation only)
Contact: Bob Hill email@example.com
Live Steam Card Order sessions on the Michigan Central Railroad of Bill & Gisela Hays
Wyoming Division Historical Soc. Operating Session: (Open, contact first for invitation and documents)
Regularly: Second Saturday of the Month
Contact: Verryl Fosnight firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wyoming Division, a 4,000 square foot HO layout with 1,006 feet of double mains in Cornville, Arizona, models UP operations in 1957 with a unique and simple 4 card car forwarding system (Cars, Blocks, Locos, and Train Orders). We will operate on the second Saturday of each month with 50+ operators. Contact Verryl at the above email for a reservation and literature about the layout, the operating system, the regular sessions, and occasional training sessions for new operators. Special sessions may be set up for large groups.
North Carolina (Mooresville)
Mooresville Model Railroaders Club Operations: (Open However contact first)
Regularly: First and Fifteenth of the month
We meet somtimes once or twice a month , our operating layout is an O scale three Rail 25x25 bi level layout , we use Lionel Legacy cab 1L remotes we have a CTC dispatchers desk with a rather crude CTC board but it works well , we run Freight and a passenger service with a timetable .usually the first and the fifteenth of the month depending on everybody schedules usually on Saturdays from 1 to 5, We typically operate casually with five or six guys at present
all operators are welcome must contact us in advance
Mexico Train Works: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: Fourth Saturday of odd-numbered months
Contact: Pat Hiatte email@example.com
The club’s HO scale Missouri, Texas & Western replaces the Katy Railroad between Boonville, Mo., and Parsons, Kan., circa 1995. The two-level layout features 775 feet of single-track main line and a 90-foot branch line.
Louisiana (LA/ Baton Rouge)
Midsouth Model Railroad Club Inc: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: First Saturday of the even months
Contact: Arthur Houston firstname.lastname@example.org
504- 723- 9290
The Club holds Bi Monthly op sessions on first sat of even number months
SunRail: (Open Invite, however please contact first)
Contact: W David Doiron email@example.com
This event is an operations boot camp sponsored by the
OpSig PSR regional coordinator, directed toward beginning
operators. Topics include traffic routing and car forwarding followed by hands-on experience. Attendance will be limited; contact for information.
Washington State (Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia Area)
Soundrail: ( Contact first)
Regularly: 3rd weekend in March, even years
Contact: see website
From Whidbey Island in the north to Olympia in the south, you'll run on a fascinating variety of layouts including some of the finest in the country. Operating sessions feature some of the best-known layouts in the country and will be held Thursday through Saturday.
RailRun Boston: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: March annually
Contact: Carl Senftleben firstname.lastname@example.org
Come run on ten to fifteen layouts in the Boston MA area and enjoy some great railroads while having lots of fun.
2017 Layout Design and Operations Weekend: (contact first)
Saturday March 18th from 8:00am - 4:30pm
(Check Web page for detailed information on presentations and activities)
 Bernard Kempinski – The USMRR Aquia Line
 Bernard Kempinski – Down to the Sea in Trains
 Gert “Speed” Muller – Train Car Management System with Web Cam for Model
 Chris Atkins– Designing Operations Based on Prototype Information
 Riley Triggs – Design/Construction/Operations on his PONY Ry layout
Additional Activities include:
 Track Plan Consulting by appointment by LDOP Team members
 Bring your trackplans, photos, display boards and mockups to share with everyone,
great place to solicit feedback on your layout!
 3 Operating sessions with several layouts available for each session
 Catered hot lunch
 Shirts and Operators Apron available for pre-purchase
CIRROPS - (Central Indiana Railroad Operators): (Open Invite Contact first)
Layout Design and Operations Weekend: (Register at website)
Indian Nations Division of the NMRA has a great weekend of operations lined up and a full day of presentations
California (Bay Area)
BayRails: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: March, odd years
Contact: Seth Neumann email@example.com
Operating sessions will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Eighteen Bay Area railroads will be available for your selection as well as bonus layouts on Wednesday before and Sunday after the main events, located a little further afield. The operating sessions are held during the day and will generally run 4-6 hours with a break for lunch.
Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio ()
THREE RIVERS OPS WEEKEND: (Contact First)
Contact: Chuck White firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be our SEVENTH time to host this event. Sponsored by Division 3, North Central Region, NMRA. For 2017 we have identified over 25 layouts, with operations capabilities. Schedule will be the same as in the past, with FOUR (4) Op Sessions: Friday Evening, Saturday AM, Saturday PM and Sunday AM. This year, our Saturday Evening Gathering will be at the BACK 40 Junction in Decatur, IN. a local eatery know for its railroad themed motif. Operators who have joined our Three Rivers Operations Yahoo Group (email@example.com or send an email to Chuck to receive an invitation to join) will receive advice as to when registration will open, layout availability, times, addresses, Details for Saturday evening, etc.
New York (Utica/Syracuse)
CNY NMRA Ops Weekend: (Open but contact first)
Contact: Bill Brown Ops 'til You Drop Chairman
Block out the dates of April 1st and 2nd, 2017, for your participation in
the Division's 4th Annual Operations Weekend entitled: "Ops 'til You Drop". We are inviting railroad enthusiasts from all over the northeast to
participate, and of course that includes all of our CNY Division members. No operations experience is necessary. The cost is a just $10. All of your
info and a registration form are available on the division websitePlease Note: In order to maintain our insurance coverage, participants must
be members of the NMRA. The most affordable membership option is the NMRA's
"Railpass"--$9.95 for 6 months. If you have never used this, and have not been a member for 2 years, you qualify. For membership information, check
out the NMRA's website: www.nmra.org/ or talk to any CNY Division officer.
Hope to see you there.
Wisconsin (Milwaukee area)
WISEop 2017: (Open but contact first)
Regularly: April or March
Contact: Joe Russ firstname.lastname@example.org
Operate on up to four of 12-15 layouts in the Southeastern Wisconsin area of the Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division of the NMRA. NMRA members will get one week of first dibs on layouts, then open to non-members.
New York (Long Island area)
IslandOps 2017: (Open however contact thru website)
Contact: Registrar email@example.com Information Request firstname.lastname@example.org
We will have four operating session start times - Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning - at a number of different layouts within about 45 minutes of central Nassau County. The layouts range in size from a 2 x 10 layout representing one block plus a floatbridge in New York City to a 5,600 square foot club layout representing a line from the New Jersey waterfront to central Pennsylvania. They range in era from 1940 to 2013, and in theme from hectic urban canyons to relaxed rural Long Island.
Texas (Cental Texas Area)
Spring Fling Live Steam Operation: (Contact for invitation)
Contact: Peter Byran email@example.com
Live team operations on 3 miles of track plus a 2500 foot branch line. Over 70 industries and 15 towns. This is the first and only true point to point Live Steam railroad in the U.S. Dates are always the first week after Mothers Day as it has been for the past 16 years
ProTrak Weekend: (Open however, Please contact first)
Contact: Andy Keeney firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.protrak.cc/ will be presented by Jim Moir, Protrak developer. Jim will also be available to work one-on-one with ProTrak users and anyone else that may have questions about the program. The event is open to everyone and they can attend as much or as little as they would like. There is no charge. Please contact Andy Keeney email@example.com if you are interested in attending all or part of this 4 day fun weekend.
Colorado (Denver Area)
RockyOps North 2017: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: Odd number years
Contact: Detlef Kurpanek firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be new layouts added to the great layouts we have had in the past and we also have new organizers. Information can be found and registration done through our web site www.RockyOp.org. Our base hotel will be the Hampton Inn in the suburb of Lone Tree Colorado with special rates for the operators which can be accessed through our web site. Anyone with ANY level of operations experience is welcome, from the novice to
the most experienced!
New Jersey (Union)
INVITATIONAL OPERATING SESSION & BBQ!: (Open however Contact first)
Contact: Model Railroad Club, Inc email@example.com
18 POSITIONS AVAILABLE 7 POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Dispatcher Dispatcher (CTC Machine)
Pittsburgh Engine Terminal Foreman 5 Cabs
Pittsburgh Passenger Yardmaster Ringoes Yard
Pittsburgh Freight Yardmaster
Bellefonte Tower Operator RAHWAY RIVER R. R. (HO SCALE SHORTLINE)
Jim Thorpe Tower Operator 2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Summit Tower Operator 2 Cabs
Gilberton Freight Yardmaster
Gilberton Tower Operator/Passenger Yardmaster
Murray Hill Station Agent*
Bernardsville Tower Operator*
Gladstone Tower Operator*
6 Road Cabs
California (Greater Los Angeles Area)
SoCalOps-2018: ( Invitation only, contact first)
Regularly: Second weekend in June 2 weeks after Memorial Day
Contact: Al Daumann firstname.lastname@example.org/
SoCalOps-2018 follows the initial pilot event held in 2012 (6 layouts ~12 attendees), 2014 (11 layouts ~ 24 attendees) and 2016 (17 layouts ~ 32 attendees)
British Columbia (Greater Vancouver Area)
VanRail: (Invitation only, please contact first)
Regularly: 2nd weekend in September, odd years
Contact: Scott Calvert email@example.com
Operations weekend in arguably one of the most beautiful areas of Canada featuring numerous layouts of several scales and operation systems. Participants will operate on three different layouts, and will also enjoy a couple of RR related clinics as well as some other social events while attending.
Great Lakes Getaway– South:
Contact: Bruce Carpenter firstname.lastname@example.org
Utah (Salt Lake City Area)
Great Basin Getaway: (Invite Contact first)
Regularly: September, even years
Contact: Lee Nicholas email@example.com
We will have 4 primary layouts this year: Lee Nicholas Utah Colorado Western, Rob Spangler Western Pacific 8th Sub (new layout), Gary Petersen Salt Lake Southern, Ted York Santa Fe Cajon Pass. Plus several more layouts open for evening sessions.
Lewis County Model Railroad Club: (Contact First)
Regularly: Saturday 21 Oct 2017
Contact: David Bond firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lewis County Model Railroad Club (Located inside the Lewis County Historical Museum) will be holding its first Open Operating Session on Saturday 21 Oct 2017 The layout can support about 7 operators at one time so reservations are required. A total of 14 individuals will be allowed to reserve a spot. This will permit each person to operate a train, take a break, and then, if desired run another train, repeat.We operate using Digitrax DCC with Simplex, Duplex, and WiFi throttle capability. The WiFi throttle is using JMRI, your smart phone or other WiFi enabled device, and a downloaded app for Apple or Andriod. You may use one of our throttles or you may bring your own. We have a mix of DT300/DT400 simplex throttles. Throttles must be signed for.
Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Minn-Rail: (open invite, however Contact first)
Contact: Dave Hamilton email@example.com
763 274 9120
We intend to have 4 op session periods at the 2013 event (ie: Friday eve, Sat morning, Sat late afternoon and Sun morn) and with approximately 17 railroads (including 2-3 new ones this time.
Illiniois (Chicago area)
AmRail: (Open Invite Contact first)
Regularly: October even years
Contact: Mike Ritschdorff firstname.lastname@example.org
A very large and popular event, come to the Windy City and operate on many large and very operations oriented layouts.
Wisconsin (Milwaukee area)
Milwaukee Optoberfest 2017: (Open however contact thru website)
Regularly: Last weekend in October
Next scheduled: Fri, Oct 27, 2017 - Sat, Oct 28, 2017
Contact: Joe Russ email@example.com
Operate on up to four of 12-15 layouts in the Southeastern Wisconsin area. This event may be expanded to Sunday morning sessions October 29.
New Hampshire (Laconia)
Northeastern Region Lakeport: (Open Invite, Contact First)
Contact: NER OPSIG Coordinator Al Oneto firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Northeastern Region will be holding it’s annual convention in Laconia, NH. Operation will be a main attraction of this convention, though there will be the usual clinics, contests, tours, etc. We are offering 165 operation slots at seven home layouts during seven time periods. In addition to these, there will be two modular groups offering op sessions at the convention hotel and two other modular groups offering opportunities to jump in and operate switching moves. In addition several operation oriented clinics will be presented. For more information check the convention website
New York (Long Island)
West Island Operations Invitational: ((Invitation only, contact firs)
The West Island Model Railroaders will host an operations session targeted at attracting more experienced operators on our large club layout. We hope to assemble a large enough group of operators so that, when combined with club members, we can begin to achieve the traffic density the layout is capable of, test our operating scheme, and have fun. The session will begin with an orientations session at 10:30 AM, run about 4 hours, and conclude with a light supper in our clubroom.
Desert Ops: ((Open Invite, Contact first)
Regularly: Fourth weekend of even-numbered years
Contact: W David Doiron email@example.com
"Desert Ops is an annual model railroad operations weekend in Arizona. In even-numbered years the event is held in Phoenix; in odd-numbered years, in Tucson. Layout owners are pleased to host this event to share the fun and camaraderie of prototype railroad operations. Participation will be first-come first-served by registration through our website at http://www.desertops.org/ where you can make your session choices and obtain hotel information.
SouthWest Ohio OPS weekend (SWOOPS): (Open however Contact first)
Contact: Richard Stern Rstern1@cinci.rr.com
We expect to have fourteen layouts available for operations, many of which have been published in “Great Model Railroads” and “Model Railroader”. Layouts are in three scales, standard and narrow gauge. One of the largest modular layouts in the US will included. Operating plans include CTC, sequential and TTTO, and car forwarding includes car cards and switch lists. Sessions will begin on Friday evening, with two sessions on Saturday and a session on Sunday. For die-hard operators, the modular layout will be available for operations on Sunday afternoon as well. Our website at https://swoopsrail.wordpress.com/ will be up and running with descriptions of the layouts in June, and we expect registration to be open in mid-July.
Wisconsin/Michigan (Meet is rotated around the division each year)
Winnebagoland Division: (Contact First)
Regularly: First Saturday of November
Contact: Dave Rickaby firstname.lastname@example.org
They use this gathering to teach, encourage, and share operations while having fun and getting together.
Texas (Dallas, Forth Worth)
DFW Interchange Operating Weekend: (Open invite, however Contact first)
Contact: Chris Atkins email@example.com
We have a number of slots left and are looking for operators from out side the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex. There will be a Friday evening session, Saturday morning and afternoon sessions, and a Sunday morning session. There will also be a traditional bull session over diner Saturday evening. There are 19 operating home layouts and one club layout participating this year. The hotel will be the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 15160 Quorum Dr in Addison. The price is $59 a night and the reservation cutoff is Oct.11, 2013. The reservation phone number is 800-321-2211, mention DFW Interchange. The website has a link you can use as well. The hotel is just down the street from the DFW Metroplex's premier hobby shop, Discount Model Trains
California (San Diego)
TT&TO Operation on the Tehachapi Pass Layout: (Request to Participate via the website)
Regularly: Next operations planned in November of 2016
The operation will use 1953-era equipment, with full fleet of big steam, 1st generation diesels, corresponding car fleet, train orders with open telegraph offices, switchlists, and a real-time (bring watch!) timetable. Operation is planned for approximately 10 hours on Saturday and Sunday, with crew rotations at the 5 hour mark. Line will be in operation from Bakersfield to Mojave Yard, located on the mezzanine. There are approximately 35-45 operating positions available. The positions to be filled before operation can start each day are: Dispatcher, telegraph station operators, and yardmasters. To see the full list of potential positions, please reference opsontehachapi.com, "Request to Participate" page.
There will be a small fee charged each participant to cover costs for
security and on-site lunch. Motel Information will be provided upon
sign-up. Please respond by email with the above subject line with the following information:
1. Name of Operator;
2. Operating position (DS, YM, TO, Road Crew, am or pm, Sat or Sun);
3. Any circumstances preventing full-time participation;
4. Any dietary restrictions (for lunches).
Fall Invitational Operating Meet Wyoming Division: (Open ,however contact first)
Contact: Verryl firstname.lastname@example.org
HO layout with 1,006 feet of double mains in Cornville, Arizona. UP operations in 1957 with a unique and simple 4 card car forwarding system (Cars, Blocks, Locos, and Train Orders). Jobs for 40 operators. The Meet will be an Open House and free BBQ Thursday, 7 hour sessions Friday and Saturday followed by a Prime Rib Banquet.
Cincinnati Model Railroad Club: (Contact First)
Contact: Frank Koch email@example.com
Cincinnati Model Railroad Club (basement of Harmony Lodge in Spring Grove Village) will host an open operating session Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7-10 pm. This is one of our quarterly open operating sessions and we invite the model railroading community to participate. We will have an orientation session from 6:30-7:00 pm and will start operating at 7 pm. We can handle 10-12 operators as yardmasters, engineers of freight, locals and passenger trains, and a dispatcher (if you want the challenge!). Our members will be there to provide encouragement and assistance. We have an NCE system (radio and plug-in), so bring a throttle if you feel more comfortable with your own but it is not necessary. We also have FRS/GMRS radios for communication, bring your own if you wish.
We would like to get an idea of how many operators will be present, so sign-up with Frank Koch