Web or Magazine Articles on RR Operation?

Discussion in 'Model Rail Operations' started by RobertInOntario, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I was wondering if anyone can recommend any web or magazine articles on North American railway operation, i.e. a sort of very basic, introductory "how to" guide on how to realistically run your model railway.

    FYI, I model in HO and mainly run CNR and Sante Fe trains (when the layout's in "North American mode" -- otherwise I run British railways!).

    I do have a helpful book on how to operate a British layout according to actual, historic railway practices. While I'm enjoying the book, it's a bit too much info all at once. This is why I think I would benefit more from a really good web or magazine article, just to get me started.

    Having said all this, I realize that a good book still might be the best way to go. If so, I'll look into getting 1-2 of the books mentioned in this forum.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

  2. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    The standards of the hobby are "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" and "The Railroad: What It Is, What It Does", both by John Armstrong. As far as online articles, you might try some of the online articles at the trains.com forum, or the Yahoo! Layout Design SIG (there are many model railroading related Yahoo groups, best bet is to search them for operations-oriented groups.)
  3. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, I'll check those out as well as trains.com. Cheers, Rob
  4. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

  5. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    I highly recommend the following book by Tony Koester because its more up to date as far as advanced prototypical operations.
    Realistic Model Railroad Operation: How to Run Your Trains Like the Real Thing.
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

  7. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    I just picked up this book, and it's fantastic.

    Having also read John Armstrong's Track Planning for Realistic Operation, I can say that Tony Koester's book is a much easier read. His writing is much more "newbie friendly" and easy to understand. As far as I can see, anyone interested in operations must read this book.
  8. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    As for internet information, you can't go wrong with looking into the OpSIG group of the NMRA. There's plenty of links found by searching Google, and Yahoo! Groups also has an OpSIG group as well as other operations-related groups you can get into.
  9. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Yes and some of those groups are advanced operators and has some great advanced operation discussions.

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