If you want to run your outdoor railroad like a full-sized railroad, you can, especially if you design your railroad right from the ground up. The following article has some ideas for "easing into" operations and some suggestions for full-blown operations sessions. http://familygardentrains.com/primer/op ... ations.htm
The following article describes the "car card" system that many indoor railroaders use to replicate real railroad operations. You'd be surprised how much operating potential there is in a 3-locomotive, 20-car railroad, if you plan carefully.http://familygardentrains.com/primer/op ... _cards.htm
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