Model Railroad Historical Society

Status "the Proto Ops Blog"

Summarized on this page is the implementation and evolution of the SMRHS's prototypical operation program for the HO standard gauge layout. This blog's purpose is to show resolution to issues and challenges faced in developing and fine tuning our Proto Ops sessions.

January 6, 2015

Meeting Minutes

August 5, 2014

Meeting Minutes, Train Line-up

July 1, 2014

Meeting Minutes

May 6, 2014

Meeting Minutes

February 18, 2014

Meeting Minutes

January 7, 2014

Meeting Minutes

December 17, 2013

Meeting Minutes

November 5, 2013

Meeting Minutes

October 8, 2013

Meeting Minutes

October 1, 2013

September Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2013

Meeting Minutes, Operations Next Steps, Fleet Status ,Fleet Distribution, Industry Traffic and Capacity, Waybills

June 25, 2013

Meeting Minutes

May 24, 2013

Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2012

An internal audit and poling of the members active in Proto Ops identified several concerns to an ad hoc Operations Committee. Discussions lead to several possible solutions and revisions to the present system.

March 15, 2012

At the request of the Society president, an ad hoc Proto Ops Committee is formed to study the current system in the spirit of continuous quality improvement.

February 4, 2012

The SMRHS and the NMRA-Sierra Division hold a joint meet at the Society building. Two clinics are offered including one on Proto Ops at the SMRHS. A "learn by doing" Ops session is a featured part of the meet.

January 1, 2012

Recognizing its importance as a Society membership activity, the BOD designates the first and third Friday evening of every month as Proto Ops nights.

November 1, 2011

The newly elected Board of Directors surveys the membership to assess interests, desires, and determine goals. Proto Ops is prominent in the survey results.

July 5, 2011

As part of the NMRA National Convention "X2011", the Society hosts 40 convention members to operate on both the standard and narrow gauge layouts. This went surprisingly well considering being out of "proto ops" practice due to construction and unbearable heat during the session.

January 11, 2011

Meeting held to discuss status of Ops program and begin preparations for the NMRA convention in July. By this time, Proto Ops had stabilized with most trains run as extras, few passengers, and most operators sticking to the same jobs. Sessions were quasi-regular although not calendared and sometimes superseded by other events. It was recognized that future session would be limited as the layout would be down for construction.

January 26, 2008

Two weeks after the second test on Jan 12, the third test run occurred on a Saturday and was considered enough of a success to do a Tuesday night session on Jan 29. Most participants realized the need to "freeze" the layout. That is, allow the freight cars to remain where they are on the layout. Removing and replacing all equipment before each session is tedious and impractical.

December 1, 2007

Selected members and some of the BOD participated in a practice session on Saturday, Dec 1. Train cards and car cards with waybills were used. This system closely followed that used on Dave Clemens home layout as presented in several articles and clinics. The trial was considered necessary before exposing the general membership. Several glitches were identified- none fatal.

December 28, 2005

An announcement goes out to the Society membership to query interest in developing a prototypical operations program for the SMRHS standard gauge layout. April, 2006 is proposed as a target for having a basic system in place.

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