The Shamokin Branch Layout was designed to be an operating layout. There are a group of 15 operators, who run trains in a prototypical manner. We meet about every 4 weeks and the operating sessions run for about 3 hours. Trains are dispatched from staging yards and on-line yards and assigned by the dispatcher to perform work similar to what actual trains on the Shamokin Branch and Northern Central Main Line during 1957 would have performed. The types of trains that run are passenger trains, merchandise (freight) trains, local trains that run to a town and switch the industries, ore trains, and coal trains.
Here is information on the car routing system that I use on my PRR Shamokin Branch layout for my operations.
Shamokin Branch Line Schematic