RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELERS
VALLEY FORGE

March 23 to 25, 2018

OPERATING SESSIONS

We are planning several operating sessions prior to the start of the Meet on Friday afternoon.

Sessions:
We will have six operating sessions with a total of 54 slots available. One on Thursday evening, and five on Friday morning, as follows.

Thursday Evening:
Steve Salotti’s NYS&W: 12 slots

Friday Morning:
Paul Backenstose’s WM: 8 slots
Jim Dalberg’s DL&W: 14 slots
Steve Salotti’s NYS&W: 12 slots
Bob Zeolla’s CR Conemaugh Line: 10 Slots

Ops Session Railroad Descriptions

Thursday Evening:
Steve Salotti -
Set in 1949 in northern New Jersey, the railroad runs between Little Ferry (major yard) and Hainesburg and features passenger and mainline freight service, with many locals serving industries, both along the line and on the waterfront. Digitrax DCC, Switchlists, timetable operations (TT&TO). Please bring Digitrax throttles if you have them. Simplex Radio only.

Friday Morning:
Steve Salotti -

See above description.

Bob Zeolla -
The Conemaugh Line represents the portion of Conrail's operation in Western Pennsylvania diverging from Conrail's Pittsburgh Line at ConPit Junction near Johnstown, and rejoining Conrail's Ft. Wayne Line in Pittsburgh. The modeled portion is from Avonmore to Pittsburgh. Staging extends this area eastward to Johnstown and westward to Conway Yard. The modeled time period is 1978. The hub of operations during this period on the Conemaugh is Kiski Yard. Secondary yards along the line are at Etna and West Tarentum. Operations include through and local freights, unit mineral trains, and branch line and steel mill switching. New since the last RPM meet are fully funtioning virtual signals, which will be covered in my clinic during the meet. More at http://www.facebook.com/conemaugh78 . Digitrax DCC one way, two way, and WiThrottle/EngineDriver. Please bring FRS radios and throttles if you have them.

James Dalberg -
The railroad represents portions of the DL&W in northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania between Hoboken and Scranton, plus the Erie to Suffern about 1955, with some era-stretching. Passenger terminal operation in Hoboken, Jersey City and Port Morris yards, through freight and passenger service, local and industrial switching, commuters, coal and cement operations, car floats, etc.. Digitrax DCC, Sequence operation, car cards, please bring FRS radios and throttles if you have them.

Paul Backenstose -
Paul models the Western Maryland Railway in 1971 from Hagerstown to Connellsville and a portion of the Thomas Sub. Twenty two trains are run in an operating session, including regularly scheduled freights; coal, coke, hopper and grain extras; and 6 trains on the Thomas Sub. Ridgeley Yard (near Cumberland) is worked by many of these trains.
NCE DCC; throttles not required. FRS radios are required.


Procedures:
Signing up
You need to send me an email (jedalberg@aol.com) indicating your choices (1st,2d,3d, and in the case of TBD, Thursday evening or Friday morning). First come, first served—in the case of over-subscription, I’ll keep a wait-list. In the (remote) event we don’t get enough sign-ups we may consolidate sessions. If you do sign up and find you can’t attend, let me know, so I can fill the slot.

Friday Morning
We will all meet in the lobby of the Desmond at 9:00 AM—this is to (1)make sure everyone has a ride and (2) to pass out directions if needed, and (3) in the event of no-shows, fill any available slots with those who would like to participate. Once these preliminaries are taken care of, we will shove off for the Layouts, which are about 4 to 8 miles from the hotel. Sessions will start about 10 AM and last till about 2:30 PM.

If there are any changes we’ll put the information on the website. www.rpmvalleyforge.com

I’ll provide email addresses to the individual layout owners later.