Operations Sessions (Information available as of 12/20/2021)

The Connecticut Yankee 2022 will offer operations sessions on local model railroads. These sessions will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis based upon your registration number. So if operations is one of your great interests, register early to have the best chance of being assigned to the sessions in which you have the most interest.

Operations sessions will be scheduled Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. Please watch this space for a list of the operations sessions as they are confirmed.

Bob Cochran's 'Green Mountain'. Bob says "My layout is loosely based on the Bellows Falls Subdivision of the Vermont Rail System and Rutland Railway from the 60’s to present set in late summer to early fall. I operate with a mix of RS1, RS3, GP38 & GP40 locomotives. The main yard is Rutland with anadditional yard at North Walpole NH and local switching. All locos are sound equipped. Layout size is 25’ x 22’ and is a point to point with a loop. We use NCE DCC for train control and scenery is 95% complete. I use switch lists along with verbal train orders. I have recently added signals which I built myself from parts. I have also have built a CTC panel with JMRI that I use to control signals and turnouts on the mainline."

Ken Harstine's 'Southern Pacific'. Ken says "My layout represents the Southern Pacific's Donner Pass from Roseville to Truckee cir. 1969. The layout room is L shaped and measures 31' x 23' in the extremes. The layout is point to point in a split level arrangement without a helix. It is designed for operations. It is single track with lots of passing sidings. Basic train order and timetables are currently used to control the layout. The layout is in N Scale. A computer generates way-bills for each session using the Filemaker database program with the aid of forms and macros. Each possible waybill has a probability associated with it. Seasonal waybills will only print when in season. Only a fraction of the possible waybills will be printed for each Ops session."

Mark Herrick's 'BNSF Montana Division. Mark says "The railroad is NCE DCC wireless operation. The layout is fully signaled using RR Cir-Kits and BLMA equipment. All turnouts are dispatcher controlled by JMRI CATS software using a modern CTC panel. Dispatch is typically controlled from Sebastian FL, but on-site control is possible. Local control is granted by track authority to crews using fascia mounted push buttons. Car cards and waybills (over 400 cars) are the operational system for car movement with over 28 multiple car spot locations. A group of 6 operators bring the layout to life once each month. We run a mix of through trains and local switching operations. Through trains run staging yard to staging yard. Staging at Spokane represents west coast locations and Shelby the east connections. A third staging yard exists on the lowest level representing MRL Laurel Yard. Four interchange tracks allow other railroads access to BNSF. Local switch jobs total 8 trains with approximately 12 cars each. The locals switch all the industries in the town serviced with some trains servicing multiple towns. Amtrak #7 and #8 the Empire Builder provides passenger service in both directions to the division.

Jim Mayo's 'Shreveport & Central Mississippi'. Jim says "When completed, this railroad will represent an amalgamation of my rail fanning experiences while stationed in the southeast US. 1985 was chosen as the year of operation because cabooses were sill in use. I want to use them to make operating the railroad more thoughtful. Another contributing factor for 1985 is that is the year prior to the formation of Mid-South railroad, supporting the plausibility of existence. The now Meridian Speedway was chosen because it fit into a couple of my design goals, one being that not too many people in New England are modeling the southeast. I want to emulate an ICG spin off, that way I can justify having an Amherst Belt Lines railroad. The railroad is designed so that my Amherst Belt lines modules can be added to the layout without being necessary to the operations of the railroad.

John Sacerdote's 'Berlin, Bangor and Maine'. John says "The layout is considered a heavy local/switching railroad. In addition, there is extensive yard work as well with three active yards, three locals and a branch line that requires a separate crew. Even yards have switching duties involving local industries. It is recommended that each yard have a crew of 2. A typical operating session – which uses a card card/way bill system of “cars in,” ”cars on hold” and “cars out” – will take approx 3 hours to run all trains. There is both passenger and freight service throughout the day.".

Bill Duffe’s ‘LKJ&W RAILROAD’. Bill says “The railroad is set in the late transition era and follows the Fitchburg Division from Boston to Mechanicville and the branch to Troy. The Rutland Division runs from Troy to North Bennington and Rutland. In each location structures were built that would have been located in the area where they are placed. Trackage is ninety-eight percent handlaid code 83, 70 and 55. The LKJ&W is powered by NCE tethered throttles. Very little of the power is sound equipped by design as the background noise makes communication difficult during operating sessions.”

Randy Hammill’ s ‘New Britain Station’. Randy says “I model the New Haven Railroad in New Britain, CT from 1946-1954. The primary operations are by the two locally assigned switchers, plus a switcher owned by Stanley Works. Depending on the year operated, there are passenger and through freights which pick up and drop cars at the yard. A Station Agent/ Yardmaster handles the paperwork, writing out switch lists as needed based on inbound/outbound traffic plus requests from the local industries. A session is 7-8 operators.