TSG Multimedia has released a remastered version of the layout video they did at Silicon Valley Lines last year. We think John did an outstanding job depicting the layout, and we really enjoyed putting together the story of Operations shown in the video. Enjoy the show!
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.
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.
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!
TSG Multimedia visited Silicon Valley Lines and filmed a tour of the layout. We think the video came out great. Thank you, John Abatecola.
Update Sept 4, 2019:
John has released a remastered version of the video and the original video is no longer available.
SVL usually holds Open Houses in June and November each year. Here are photos from our 2017 fall open house.
During the Open House visitors are allowed to run trains on the lower level under the supervision of club members.
We hosted a session for Bayrails March 2017. Many operations-oriented model railroaders from all over the country came to the Bay Area. We had a good turn-out at the Bayrails SVL session.
Nowheres Yard was quite a hub of activity!