Ops Sessions

The following railroads are hosting operating sessions on Saturday evening, May 6, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required.   Operating positions will be assigned in order of the date registration is received. Additional railroads or cancellations may occur. Please submit three choices indicating your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. You will be notified of your placement in your registration package.

All Operating Sessions are FULL. However, you can still request to participate in an operation session and if there is a cancellation, you would be contacted by the administrator, John Wagner. If you request to participate, you will need to include your cell phone number so that John can reach you.

1 – Charlie Ellis models the CP, CN and Bar in New Brunswick and Maine in the late 1950s. It is HO with hand laid track and full scenery. There are two yards and four industrial areas plus two open staging yards in the adjacent workshop.   Control is by Digitrax. Power is provided by steam engines and early diesels, both EMD and Alco, with many having sound. There are over 200 cars controlled by computer generated switch lists with plans to switch to car cards. It will handle five operators. 20 km from convention. SORRY: Operating Session is FULL

2 – David Johns – The Ayr Junction Railway models CPR operations in the mid 50-60s in Southern Ontario and British Columbia with scenes from Cathedral Mountain and Mount Stephen as well as the Stoney Creek bridge. Scenery is over 75% complete. This HO layout features computer operated lighting for day/night operation. Work has been done on an ABS signal system. David is a CP engineer working out of London, so he uses CP practices such as train orders, timetables and computer printed train documents suitable to his era. Control is by Lenz. It will handle eight operators. 18 km from conv. SORRY: Operating Session is FULL

3 – Roger Chrysler models the Lake Erie and Northern in HO scale. It was a CP subsidiary running from Galt (Cambridge) to Port Dover. It is an electric line with power supplied from an overhead wire. Scenery is almost complete. Control is by Digitrax with most power having “keep alive” technology and some having sound. Seven passenger trains are run using the 1953 LE&N employee’s timetable. Freight cars are directed by car cards. It will handle six operators. 37 km from conv.  SORRY: Operating Session is FULL

4- Mark Van Runt – The North Shore Central is a large freelanced modern era railroad using CN, CP Rail and leased diesels for motive power. Freight and passenger trains operate from an online yard to hidden staging on this multi-level design. Work has begun on a paper mill with an operating rotary dumper.   Scenery is over 60% complete. Control is with NCE. Operations is somewhat casual with no car cards  or switch lists. It will handle five operators. 12 km from conv. SORRY: Operating Session is FULL

5 – Steve Juranics – The Muskoka Central is a freelanced railroad based in and around North Bay. It features highly detailed ONR and CN locomotives and weathered rolling stock. Part of the layout is finished with highly detailed scenery and buildings. A new upper level is operational with some scenes completed. At this writing operations haven’t started but for someone looking for a less intense session Steve will have some informal operations in place.   Control is by NCE. He will take three people.  15 km from conv. SORRY: Operating Session is FULL