As with the prototype, we have a certain amount of paperwork that is needed to keep the railroad moving. Over the years we have operated the previous layout, this paperwork was developed and became more sophisticated and closer to the prototype versions.
Form 19 - train orders
One of our regular crew has designed and printed these prototypically based Clearance Forms for the local CPR group who use Timetable and Train Orders for their operating sessions.
car cards & waybills
We presently use the very popular 4 sided waybill system first offered by Old Line Graphics, and now available through Micro Mark (http://www.micromark.com). This system was used on the previous layout and has proven to be quite reliable and easy to restage the layout for the next op session.
However, to make their use even easier – particularly for operators that are not familiar with the actual prototype, crew member produced coloured labels that overlay the space on the top of the car cards where the specific car data goes. To assist in locating the cars even further, these are color coded to resemble the actual car color and the lettering color & font match those on the car.
He implemented this solution on his own Kettle Valley Railway layout: (http://kettlevalleymodelrailway.blogspot.ca/2015_02_01_archive.html) In addition, to assist crews in understanding where the cars are to go, the waybills have been enhanced in the destination area with color coded highlight stripes that represent each of the 5 interchange or staging areas that interface with the Boundary Sub. on the layout.
Here are examples of them;
They are stored around the layout in a series of car card pockets mounted to the fascia. Here are some photos of the nicely crafted ones as constructed by Ken Catlin, with graphics produced by Daryl Calvert;
While these are not prototypical, they are essential in helping the crews understand the purpose of each train and what its activities are. All regular trains – both scheduled and extras, have these instructions.
Here are some examples;