Are we moving too fast? I still like Lance Mindheim’s “short, frequent operating sessions” idea. A few years ago I shared a video, filmed on the Claremont-Concord. Not just paring down the scope of the session but then expanding or enriching it with actions that detail the experience by incorporating real life movements more than just the direction switch and throttle knob moves our controllers provide. I liked how the video documented a short, frequent session from real life showing the pace of the railroad and what it could do in those minutes.
More than ten minutes? Maybe a twenty minute operating session? Check out this video of a Depew, Lancaster & Western RS18 shunting:
It all happens in one location, with one engine. Clearly there’s purpose to their moves. You could do this in about twenty minutes using a track plan pretty much like an Inglenook and leave, content with the feeling that you’d played trains but satisfied that you moved at the “right” rate – if that matters.
The videos are a joy to watch even if not as planning tools for a model railway. Fun to watch while snuggled up on the couch with your cat and enjoying the first coffee of the day.
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