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I presented three clinics at the NMRA convention in Cincinnati. Below are the clinic titles and descriptions. The clinic handouts are available as Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files. Also, a web page discussion of the operations clinic is posted below.

Designing Practical Layouts Based on Prototype Railroads
Capturing the essence of a real railroad in limited layout space is a challenge. Join a custom layout designer to discuss methods to analyze the personality of prototype locations and translate elements to the layout convincingly. We'll cover the sources and use of prototype data, the balance between appearance and operational fidelity, and making it all fit (well, the best parts, at least!).
Click here to download the handout from this clinic
 
Small Layout Design - Beyond the Timesaver
Sometimes there's only enough room (or time, or money) for a small layout. But these layouts can still include believable scenes and operating potential. Move beyond the traditional switching puzzle by including more interesting elements from real railroads. We'll cover examples of engaging small layouts, along with tips for designing and building you own.
Click here to download the handout from this clinic
 
A Quick and Easy Start for Operations
Learn the simple steps needed to get your layout ready for operations. A few easy choices and simple preparation are all it takes for an engaging op session. We'll talk about train control, car routing, crew instructions, documentation, and more -- start with the basics and add challenge over time. This is one of the fastest growing and most enjoyable areas of the hobby -- and you can join in! This is Operations for Beginners.
Click here to download the handout from this clinic
 
Click here for example slides from the clinic describing how to set up beginning operations on the trusty 4X8.
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Starting Ops on a 4X8

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