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HO Scale Layout
The Club's HO scale layout takes up most of the floor space in our approximately 11,000 square-foot facility. It has been under construction for over 40 years and it will probably take another 40 years to build the layout to its planned final size!
Like the building it's housed in, the layout is being constructed in phases as time and money permit. There is no formal timetable for completing it (we save the timetables for our operating sessions!), but there is a formal basic track plan and a general sequence for construction.
Prototypical operations is an important facet of the hobby for us. We have a formal operating session every Tuesday evening from 7 to 10 PM. Once a year, in the spring, we hold a special invitational operating session on a Saturday, followed by a barbecue. We have also held special operating sessions for the Garden State Division, Northeast Region, NMRA.
Fast Time - But No Fast Clocks (Yet)
We do not utilize a fast clock, although we have discussed introducing a fast clock in the future. Instead, we use a "Time Conversion Table", where 8 operating hours is compressed into 3 actual hours. Hence, it takes 3 operating sessions to complete an operating "day."
Our Waybill System
We use a variation of the tab-on-car waybill system for car routing. We have found this to be the best system for our weekly operating sessions. Click here for a description of how the system works.
The Layout & Railroads
Click here for a track plan of the 40 ft. x 40 ft. "Phase 1" section layout. Although there have been some track changes, as well as expansions on each end of the layout, this will give you a pretty good idea of where most of the operating currently takes place.
An important part of the Club's operating sessions not shown on the track plan referenced above is the section of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad from a location called "HY" Interlocking, west to the "B&O loops" (west staging). Click here for a schematic of this section of the layout.
NEW! Hudson, Delaware & Ohio Railroad Eastern Division
Enough work on the eastern division of the HD&O has been completed that an operating plan and an employee timetable have been written and submitted to the HO Department Head and the HD&O Superintendent. Test operations have also been taking place on Saturdays. Click on the links to read the documents. More to come!
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