Operations Question for Paul Scoles
- View SourcePaul:
I am the recent recipient of your Operation video-very nice work!
Using the four-cycle car cards, is there a repeat of the operating session every forth cycle, or
due to a variety of factors does randomness ensue?
- View SourceHi Keith,
> Using the four-cycle car cards, is there a repeat of the operatingThe waybill/car cards repeat every 4th operating session. However, I mix up train consists during re-staging, thus train make up is more or less random. It's never the same group of cars that make up a train, so it appears random to my operators.
> session every forth cycle, or
> due to a variety of factors does randomness ensue?
Further, I sometimes swap waybills from one car card to another to change things even more. I generally do this about once a year.
I hope this helps...
- View SourceKeith
I participate in an operating session at a friends home once per
month. At the end of each session it is the duty of each operator to
change the way bills for each industry in their operating area. Part
of what keeps each 4th session from being a repeat is the set up for
the next session after the current operating session. Jeff requests
that a card or two at each industry location not be flipped and
therefore the car stays at that industry for an extra operating
session. This introduces a bit of randomness in the sessions. Jeff
does rebalance when necessary, however, he has an extremely large
layout (20+ operators per session until he gets the Iron Range done
then it will be 30) so a total rebalance is a huge project for him.
Sometimes when one of the two major yards get cramed, he'll just send
an extra of to the other yard. Of course, the overall size of the
layout tends to mask a lot of the repetitive nature of the 4 cycles
because there are usually intermediate stops between the car's delivery
to an industry for loading and the delivery for unloading.