Operating Sessions

SESSION 1: Wednesday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm -- SOLD OUT
SESSION 2: Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm -- SOLD OUT
SESSION 3: Friday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

With railroads ranging from long runs in full scenery to no scenery but a lot of switching, there will be plenty of operating session opportunities.

There will be 13 off-site sessions with 117 different operating slots available, on Wednesday evening, Friday afternoon and Friday evening. (Click on the railroad names for more information and pictures.)

Note that several of the layout sessions are now SOLD OUT - there are only a few spots left.

To discourage no-shows (which can negatively impact operating sessions for everyone involved) a $10 deposit is required for each session; this deposit will be refunded at the operating session. In the weeks leading up to the convention, we will be sending emails to get your list of preferred layouts and to confirm assignments.

Railroad Scale Operators Session(s) Description
Pete Guy’s
Conundrum & Pacific
HO 8 Wednesday 7:00 pm If you enjoy switching, this layout is for you! Models the UP, BNSF and Pacific Northwest railroads in the Portland, OR area.
Phil Sharpnack's
Pacific Hauling and Industrial Lines
HO 6 Wednesday 7:00 pm Models operations on a section of ATSF mainline including the four towns of Clovis, Flagstaff, Williams Jct. and Kingman.
Riley Triggs'
Port of New York Railroad
HO 11 Wednesday 7:00 pm and Friday 2:00 pm Models the New Jersey shore under the auspices of the Port of New York. Includes an operating car float!
Edmar Wienskoski's
Santa Fe
HO 7 Wednesday 7:00 pm and Friday 7:00 pm Based on the 1960's Santa Fe mainline from Galveston to Brownwood.
Kim Saign’s
Burlington Northern
N 5 Wednesday 7:00 pm and Friday 7:00 pm Set in North Dakota in 1972, models the Burlington Northern and Soo Line.
Chuck Ellis'
Great Northwestern & Pacific
HO/HOn3 16 Friday 2:00 pm Ever expanding, always with breathtaking modelling and floor-to-ceiling scenery, with something for everyone.
David Nicastro's
D&RGW Moffat Route
HO 20 Friday 7:00 pm Models the Moffat Route with a high level of realism and numerous operations possibilities.
Jack Merkel's
Lone Star & Santa Fe
HO 11 Friday 7:00 pm Operates from Galveston to Temple in 1961. Includes a good mix of freight and passenger traffic.
Steve Jackobs'
Austin & Taylor & Pacific
HO 2 Friday 7:00 pm Small but superdetailed and fun to operate. Models a "what might have been" regional railroad in Texas.

Chuck Ellis' Great Northwestern & Pacific Jack Merkel's Lone Star & Santa Fe