Learning how to operate a model railroad

Valley Junction Railroad

19 Hunt Pond Road

Sandown, NH 03873

Saturday, February 22, 1:00-4:00pm



Are you interested in checking out this “operations thing” on a model railroad?

The VJRR will be hosting an “open house” for anyone wanting to learn about how this game called “operations” works.

Topics to be discussed include track planning, how waybills move traffic, building a train and breaking down a train, both freight and passenger operations, working with a clock and a schedule and how to have a fun and relaxing time running trains with a purpose.


The Valley Junction RR will host a “what do you need to know about operating on a model railroad” session next Saturday. With the theme of the NER convention in October being Operations this is an opportunity to get some practice in on the basics of running trains with a purpose and have some fun at the same time. Then you can sign up for the available operating slots with confidence that this part of the convention will be a blast!


The sign-up deadline for the local Railrun is February 29. You can get more information about that event Saturday and still have time to send in your registration for the March 27/28/30 weekend.


We will start promptly at 1:00pm so plan on being ready to go a few minutes before 1:00pm.


Bruce Robinson


The Seacoast Division Modular Group (SMG) was formed to develop a standard and support modelers that are pursuing the construction and operations of modules based on the concept of Free-mo.

What is Free-mo ?

Free-mo was developed with the idea that a set of standards focusing mainly on module endplates would enable faithful modeling of prototype trackplans and operations in a modular environment.  The standards just mandate the ends where modules connect together, leaving the length and track configuration up to the modeler.  This in turn yields extremely flexible standards that work! For example, if you want to build a module that is 5 feet 7 and 3/4 inches long with an angle of 19 degrees and a 2% grade, you can do it with Free-mo!

Free-mo enables the modeler€™s creativity to shine through their modules. No longer are modelers confined to fixed-length modules of 4, 6, or 8 feet long.  They may build a module to their own needs and dreams.

Free-mo operates like a permanent or sectional layout but still retains its modularity.  Free-mo layouts are operated with a single track mainline in a point to loop, loop to loop, or point to point.  Layout sizes can vary to any size conceivable.

Additional Free-mo information:

Bill Hodges of the Seacoast Division Modular Group is available to answer questions and can be contacted via email at