NMRA 2018 Kansas City Convention - August 5-12, 2018 National Model Railroad Association

Operations Road Show

The Operations Road Show layout is a modular constructed layout which features realistic TT & TO operations on 55 miles of the Wabash Montpelier Division's Second Sub-division between Peru and Lafayette, Indiana.

Designed with unobstructed access to fit into the typical hotel ballroom at NMRA National Conventions, a unique aspect of the modules is that they are double-sided; doubling the running length and with about one foot of depth to the modeled scene running between towns, and expanding out to 24 inches for towns. The layout features a "live" fiddle yard and 18 destination locations with 45 industries, team tracks and interchange points. Another unique aspect is the operating semaphore train order signals at depots and towers.

All communication between the crews and the dispatcher as they negotiate the 400 feet of mainline track is by written train orders, car cards, waybills and telephonic OS reports. The layout had its public debut in July 2003 at the Maple Leaf 2003 NMRA National Convention in Toronto and was most recently at a National Convention in Indianapolis in 2016.
Layout at a glance
Name: ORS Wabash 2nd Sub-division
Scale: HO
Size: 53' x 24'
Prototype: Wabash pre-merger
Locale: Central Indiana
Era: Sep/Oct 1964
Style: Linear walk around; no "duck-unders"
Mainline Run: 400'
Minimum Radius: 30 inches
Minimum turnout: No 8 on mainline crossovers, No 6 for mainline diverging and No 4 for industrial spurs
Maximum grade: None
Benchwork: Modular
Height: 48"
Roadbed: Wood Spline
Track:Custom Trax (wood ties/cork bed, code 83 rail)
Scenery: Expanded foam
Backdrop: Center, painted sky and distant trees
Control: DCC/Digitrax (UT-4R Radio throttles)
Operating positions:
Six two-man crews man the "extra board" and are assigned to jobs as they are called. Using a fiddle yard, there is no set staging, trains are made up according to the daily schedule which includes 24 called jobs and extras added as needed on the Wabash, and an additional 20 jobs possible on the Monon, NYC and NKP interchanges. Jobs cover all kinds of work from through freight and passenger trains, to locals and industrial switchers. Sessions will last 3 hours.

Layout will be located in the SIG room at the Convention Center. The layout is handicap accessible with room in the aisles, but the 48 inch height may be troublesome to someone seated in a chair.