Getting Started in Operations Presented by Bob Weinheimer and Greg McCartney National Model Railroad Association Mid Central Region Coal Division March 8, 2008. What Do I Mean by Operations?. This is MY view, others may see things differently!
Getting Started in OperationsPresented byBob WeinheimerandGreg McCartneyNational Model Railroad Association Mid Central Region Coal DivisionMarch 8, 2008
Identify your car types.
Most car forwarding systems use some method for describing car types.
AAR Mechanical Designations
Convenient two to four letter codes for describing cars.
Easily adapted to model railroads since most model cars already have the code on it.
XM – General boxcar
XL – Boxcar equipped with special loading devices
XP – Boxcar designated to haul a certain commodity
HM – Two bay hoppers
HT – Hoppers with three or more bays
GB – Gondola with fixed sides and ends
GT – High side gondola
RP – Reefer
RB and RBL – Insulated boxcars
LO – Covered hoppers
LP – Pulpwood cars
FM – General flatcars
FC – Flatcars equipped to handle containers or trailers
FA – Auto-racks
FB – Bulk head flatcars
Descriptive list of each train and its functions.
Helps in developing the operating scheme.
Helps others who visit your railroad know which trains perform which tasks.
Produced by Albion Software.
Just released version 7.
Multiple support programs that work with the main software package such as Ship It! Car Cards and Scheduler.
Car movements are based on consignees and shippers instead of random selection of destinations.
Creates the illusion that industries are actually requesting the cars.
Has the ability to control the length of time cars load and unload.
Has the ability to control how often an industry requests or receives a car.
Able to handle staging.
Able to convert one train to the next in staging.
Produced by Shenware Software.
Utilizes the Op-Sig’s industry database for shippers and receivers of commodities.
Benefits are it’s cheap and easy to use.
Pitfalls are the industry databases. There are thousands of commodities that do not have both a shipper and receiver making it difficult to create matches.