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Single day or multiple day operations inquiry
June 20, 2018
4:52 pm
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I finished my 5-th on-layout OP session last week and am now in the process of making trees etc as I want to complete the scenery in another major area of the layout. SO I've been thinkin'.  Ever since I did my first ProTrak paper session probably back on 2009 or earlier I have always run my simulations and 5 OP sessions on Mondays only.  Now that I have some real OP session experience I'm wondering about the feasibility of running possibly Monday thru Saturday.  I think all I need to do to do this is to assign car orders to Tues thru Sat and do something within the Daily Summary to tell ProTrak that I'm not running Monday's only.

On my layout I run

an AM and PM turn to front street - 9 customer SPOTs

an AM and PM turn up to Newberry - 6 customer SPOTs

a Milton interchange track turn with 3 customer SPOTs along the way

3 connecting trains up from and down to staging, and as neeeded

a transfer run between my main yard and a storage track

Underneath my single or multiple day inquiry is the fact that my Riverside yard is virtually full all of the time. So I'm wondering if by going to multiple days will that help relieve some of the congestion in Riverside?

I'm open to a fruitful discussion of the pros and cons of multiple day operations.



June 20, 2018
6:42 pm
John V
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While I have not been doing much recently with my RR, I have been using all days for quite some time.

I run the same trains each day (including Sunday).

My reason for moving from Monday only was to be able to have more car order / waybill variety without
overloading my relatively short industry tracks and preventing too many train capacity problems. Overall
I think I have been successful.

To switch to all days I think unchecking Monday only in the daily summary is all that is needed.
To skip Sundays after running the daily summary for Saturday's run, open Transportation -> Today's Operating Conditions
and the use the "Today is..." drop down to select Monday for your next session.

For reference, my daily lineup is:

Transfer run from storage to main yard.

Rachel Turn - out the branch line that is the focus of my layout.

First eastbound and westbound staging to staging through freights dropping and picking up cars at the main yard.

Single industry sawmill turn west of main yard, my least utilized train, often annulled.

Greeley Turn switching local industries east of main yard.

Second eastbound and westbound staging to staging through freights dropping and picking up cars at the main yard.

Transfer run from main yard to storage.

I also frequently run a job extra of the Rachel Turn since I am still moving more cars than can fit in the one train.

I am considering splitting the Rachel turn into 2 trains one that just goes to Rachel and a second that works the smaller
intermediate towns only.

Hope this helps,

John Valle

Freelanced GN Rachel Branch in '68

June 24, 2018
1:29 pm
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I have been running every day except Sunday. The day off for common laborers in 1917. Everything works well. Scatter your car orders and waybills around throughout the week. Vary how often the sessions are that cars are called for. That should help with the yard congestion. All out and back. I run two scheduled trains from my main yard to staging, one train from the main yard to the river/standard gauge interchange yard and one train  from the branch line interchange, which is midway on the mainline, to the end of the line. Because of train length limitations, I run extras as needed. Hope this helps.


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