Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Sunday, April 05, 2015


A full operations session.  Operating an interchange yard on a model railroad.
Bill Scobie's Sn3 railroad depicts a bridging route that spans the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.  The Trains come from the D&RGW Montrose staging tracks onto the layout and are interchanged with the RGS in Ridgeway.  The yard is a scene of busy switching action as trains from the previous ops session come in and leave for staging, depart for Placerville, Vanadium, Vance Junction.  From there, the Telluride Branch feeds the town and Pandora Mines.  Continuing on the main past Vance Junction you pass through Lizard Head and descend past Trout Lake, Opher Mine to Rico.  At Rico the trains are interchanged with the D&RGW and go to Durango Staging.  Ridgeway also receives trains from the RGS at the end of the session.  This allows for the ops cycle to continue next session.  All this traffic generates an interesting ops plan that manages cars over multiple sessions using Rail Op software.
If you were ever interested in seeing how this kind of operational modeling works... this video series may be for you.  Bill Explains how to use staging and how the interchange works and you get to follow along through an ops session.  There are instructional subtitles to keep you on track so to speak.  Enjoy.


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