Bill & Wayne Reid

Setting Up Your Model Railroad Operating System

Bill & Wayne Reid
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Although setting up the operating system can be a frustrating task for some modelers, it is a very important part of the hobby!

In this segment, you will learn about the different components of the operating system and how they work together. You’ll discover how to use car cards and waybills which are an important part of the operating process because they are used to make sure each loaded car will arrive to the right location at the right time. The staging yards are another key part in the operating system because there is one for every yard that runs to and from certain places.

Now that you are all set up for an operating session, learn some expert tips and techniques to prepare to begin your session!

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One Response to “Setting Up Your Model Railroad Operating System”

  1. Ross

    For my system N scale I have no need of cards. My layout is on a 4'x8' table with a couple of different ways for my trains to go on.

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