Transitional Ops – August 2019

Every now and then, we add a special twist to our operating sessions. This time it was night ops, where we run part of the session with the work lights in the layout room turned off. The layout lighting is set to night mode (a dark blue light setting), and operators use flash lights and head lamps to read their paperwork and do switching chores.

Many places on the SVL layout are illuminated and they really “pop” at night. Some members commented today how the mood on the layout is much more serene and peaceful when it’s dark and lighted trains are traveling through cities or dark stretches of scenery in the middle of nowhere, but see for yourself.

April 2019 Operations Session

Most months of the year Silicon Valley Lines has an operations session on the last Friday or Saturday of the month. The dates can be found in the sidebar on the right. Today’s session was well attended, both Yard Masters and Dispatch had their hands full. Over the course of 3 hours we ran all scheduled trains, plus a few additional passenger trains.

Train crews communicate with Dispatch using FRS radios to get clearances. The Yard Masters are called using a telephone located at yard limits. A few photos from the session are below.

New Website is Online

Our Web site served us well over the years, but it’s time for a technology update. We have finally moved from HTML maintained by hand to a full-fledged content management system (WordPress).

We back-ported some of the news articles of the old Web site to the blog format. More importantly we are planning to post new information on a more regular basis, so take a look around and explore the site. Welcome to SVL!