The Shamokin Branch Layout was designed to be an operating layout. There is a local group of about 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 PRR’s Shamokin Branch and Northern Central Main Line during 1957 would have performed.
Our group has an informal association with two other operations groups, one from the Denver, CO. and the other from the Pueblo, CO. areas. We travel to each other’s layouts and have weekend long operating sessions at the various local layouts. In addition, the Shamokin Branch has hosted visitors for operating sessions from California, Texas, Arkansas, Virginia and Maryland. If you are interested in operating with us, please contact me by email.
Here is information on the car routing system that I use on my PRR Shamokin Branch layout for my operations.
Shamokin Branch Line Schematic