March 24 to 27, 2022

RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELERS

 VALLEY FORGE

OPERATING SESSIONS

We are planning several operating sessions prior to the start of the Meet on Friday afternoon.


Signing up

You need to send me, Steve Salotti, an email (salotti.steve@gmail.com) indicating your choices (1st, 2d,3d, Thursday evening or Friday morning). First come, first served—in the case of over-subscription, I’ll keep a wait-list. In the (remote) event we don’t get enough sign-ups we may consolidate sessions. If you do sign up and find you can’t attend, let me know ASAP, so I can fill the slot.

Thursday Evening:

 Meet in the Desmond lobby at 6PM


Friday Morning

We will all meet in the lobby of the Desmond at 9:00 AM—this is to (1)make sure everyone has a ride and (2) to pass out directions if needed, and (3) in the event of no-shows, fill any available slots with those who would like to participate. Once these preliminaries are taken care of, we will shove off for the Layouts, which are about 4 to 8 miles from the hotel. Sessions will start about 10 AM and last till about 2:30 PM. 

Changes:
If there are any changes we’ll put the information on this website. www.rpmvalleyforge.com
I’ll provide email addresses to the individual layout owners later. 

Sessions:

We will have four operating sessions with a total of 42 slots available. One on Thursday evening, and three on Friday morning, as follows.

Thursday Evening: 

 Steve Salotti’s NYS&W: 12 slots 

Friday Morning:

Paul Backenstose’s WM: 8 slots

Steve Salotti’s NYS&W: 12 slots

Ops Session Railroad Descriptions

Thursday Night

Steve Salotti - 


Steve Salotti, 46 Meadow Road, Collegeville, PA 19426

Steve's 300 ft. main line layout is based on the New York Susquehanna & Western in 1949. The moderately large double deck layout represents portions of the line from Edgewater and Jersey City west to the interchange with the Lehigh & New England at Hainesburg Jct. All major interchanges are included, and the computerized freight forwarding system seeks to duplicate the actual traffic patterns for the period modeled. Many of the freight and passenger cars are detailed resin and plastic kits and the proportion is being adjusted to represent actual proportions as new information comes to light. All major track work is complete and scenery is well under way. Timetable & Train Order is used for train control, with phones for communication to the Dispatcher. Control is by Digitrax (simplex only) and WiFi Throttle. If you have your own throttle it would be helpful to bring it.

Friday Morning:

Meet in the Desmond lobby at 9AM


Steve Salotti - 

 See above description.

Paul Backenstose -

Paul models the Western Maryland Railway in 1971 from Hagerstown to Connellsville and a portion of the Thomas Sub. Twenty two trains are run in an operating session, including regularly scheduled freights; coal, coke, hopper and grain extras; and 6 trains on the Thomas Sub. Ridgeley Yard (near Cumberland) is worked by many of these trains. Two scratchbuilt coal mines from the estate of the late Alden Smith are being added to the layout.


NCE DCC throttles provided; FRS radios are required. 

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