THE DENVER HO MODEL RAILROAD CLUB

DENVER & WESTERN                                                             PHANTOM CANYON

Adopted by the Board of Directors
Date: Jan. 10, 2008

Standard for
Layout Equipment & Operations

  1. UNATTENDED DISPLAY OPERATIONS

    1. Unattended display (coin box) operations will be DC powered for the foreseeable future.

    2. Type of equipment

      1. Club owned equipment shall conform to the requirements of The Standard for Layout Concept.

      2. Member owned equipment on loan for DISPLAY OPERATIONS shall meet the same requirements as club owned equipment.

      3. Rotation & maintenance of Club owned equipment.

        1. In accordance with the requirements of the "Standard for Maintenance of Club Owned Locomotives and Rolling Stock".

      4. Rotation & maintenance of member owned equipment on loan.

        1. All aspects of member owned equipment are the member’s responsibility.

        2. Member owned equipment causing operational problems will be removed.

    3. Coordination with Museum activities

      1. Museum activities may necessitate special equipment.

      2. Special equipment should be club owned, but loaned equipment may be used.

  2. PUBLIC RUN NIGHTS, SPECIAL MUSEUM ACTIVITIES or MEMBERS SPONTANEOUS MUSEUM VISIT

    1. Public run nights are the first Thursday of each month, and every Thursday between Thanksgiving and the end of December. When possible or appropriate, operation for Museum visitors should be around the large loop.

    2. Members Spontaneous Museum visits cannot interfere with any reserved times as defined in 3 below. All reservations take precedence.

    3. Club owned equipment

      1. Shall be in accordance with the requirements of The Standard for Layout Concept.

        1. Club owned equipment rotation & maintenance

          1. In accordance with previously defined requirements.

        2. Coordination with Museum activities

          1. Museum activities may necessitate special equipment.

          2. This requirement shall apply to Club member owned equipment as well.

        3. Train length shall not exceed the length of passing siding in Calamity.

    4. Member owned equipment

      1. Track power shall be DCC if more than one member is running, simply because there is only one DC throttle. The use of address 00 is discouraged because it slows the network.

      2. Type – irrelevant unless constrained by special museum activities or in conflict with other members operating (for example, excessive speed or unduly slow speed).

      3. Equipment’s time period - irrelevant unless constrained by special museum activities.

    5. Visitor owned equipment

      1. Visitor’s equipment may not be allowed if in conflict with special museum activities or club operations in place at the time of the visit.

      2. Visitor’s equipment causing operational problems will be removed - without discussion.

      3. Track power shall be DCC unless DC is agreed to by all affected members.

      4. Type – irrelevant unless constrained by special museum activities.

      5. Equipment’s time period – irrelevant unless constrained by special museum activities.

    6. Operating guidelines
      These guidelines are designed to facilitate cooperation between HO Club members desiring structured and unstructured operations during PUBLIC RUN NIGHTS.

      • Participation in structured operations is purely voluntary.

      • Those desiring to participate in structured operations shall determine among themselves who will serve in what capacity, e.g., dispatcher, yardmasters, etc.

      • Those desiring to run trains, switch industries or work a yard or service facility in an unstructured manner may do so and will not be subject to the dispatcher or others involved in structured operations except as noted below.

      • Not more than 50% of cars will be designated for structured operations.

      • Members involved in both structured and unstructured operations shall cooperate with each other based on these principles:

      Mainline Operations

      1. Unstructured "through" mainline trains, either passenger or freight, shall be run westbound (clockwise) and be superior to all other operations.

        1. Not more than three unstructured through trains shall be running at any given time when the entire layout is being run (two if only the front portion is being run).

        2. These trains may be run for as long as the operator desires, providing that other operators are not prevented from running their trains.

        3. When more than three (or two) members want to run unstructured mainline trains, they will limit their running to four consecutive laps before taking a siding or returning to a yard.

        4. Train length shall not be longer than the shortest mainline siding when more than one through train is being run. If only one through train is being run, it may be of any length.

        5. Slow through trains will take a siding when necessary to let faster through trains pass. Trains will be operated at prototypical speeds, or slower if appropriate for the layout.

        6. Through train operators will cooperate with the dispatcher to allow a dispatched (structured) westbound train access to the main before the next through train passes.

        7. Sound equipped locomotive volume should not be too high.

      1. Eastbound (counterclockwise) operations are not recommended on operating nights, but when necessary shall always be considered as locals between two specific destinations, which may be yards or switching destinations.

        1. Operators of eastbound trains, whether dispatched (structured) or unstructured must work closely with westbound through train operators to avoid head-on collisions, always taking the next available siding until the next leg can be cleared.

        2. Dispatched eastbound trains will be given access to the main as soon as they can safely enter the mainline and proceed to the next siding; this will be determined and coordinated by the operators of the westbound through trains but will be done as soon as reasonably possible.

        Yard/Engine Facility Operations

        1. Yard operations must remain within yard limits and not interfere with mainline operations unless specific permission has been obtained from through train operators for a specific movement.

        2. A member desiring to do yard switching or work in the Placer Engine Facility in an unstructured manner shall cooperate with the designated yardmaster (if there is one) to avoid causing delays in the building of dispatched trains.

        3. Members putting their own freight trains on the layout for unstructured operating shall only do so on Track 1 in Orwin Yard staging in the back room.

        4. Passenger trains may be put on the layout on track 1 at the Placer Passenger Yard or on Track 1 in Orwin Yard staging in the back room.

        Town/Industrial Switching Operations

        1. Switching operations for town areas and industries must not interfere with mainline operations unless specific permission has been obtained from through train operators for a specific movement.

        2. Members wanting to do unstructured switching operations shall yield to members conducting structured operations in a specific area and find another area to work.

  1. STRUCTURED ONLY OPERATING SESSIONS
    1. For Structured operating sessions, the layout may be reserved in advance, during Thursday nights club meetings, for any time excluding the normal club meeting times on Thursday nights or during special museum events when the club may be operating special trains (ex. Thomas), for exclusive operations use by club members. The reservation should be written on the chalk board and please limit it to one month in advance, maximum. These reserved times allow groups to have complete control of the types of operations that are done. Note that the reserved times need to be during normal museum hours.

    2. Structured Club operating sessions shall be as defined in The Denver HO Club Formal OPS Document.

    3. The Structured operation sessions defined in 3a, can use either the Formal OPS guidelines described in 3b, or another form of Structured Operations guidelines defined by the participants.