Earlier this year I was asked to be part of the Garden State Division of the National Model Railway Association's annual meet - a Railway Prototype Meet in NMRA terms - which to me was humbling and quite an honor. And so, thanks to my patient wife and lots of help from key figures of the crew on the Onondaga Cutoff, I presented a clinic at the RPM on block detection at the meet itself, and hosted an open house for attendees so they could come and see the layout. Here's the first slide:
In discussing the open house with Jack T. and Rich W., the two biggest contributors to the operating plan on the Onondaga Cutoff, we decided that we could operate as though this was a small operating session, which served first to show attendees how the railroad works, and also would therefore display the block detection in action. It ended up being a great evening and a real pleasure to meet the 25 or so people that made the trip out to see the layout!
As always, for me, one of the best parts of the hobby is the social part. There is no shortage of opportunities to bring others in and to include like-minded people in what we are trying to accomplish. Thanks again to the Garden State Division NMRA for the opportunity!