Eastern Cascades Model Railroad Club

                                            RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

  1. On Work Nights there is plenty to be done. Such as track cleaning, car retacking, floor sweeping, layout vacuuming, or just general clean up. There is plenty of scenery work to be done on the layout. Ballast needs to be redone in many areas. Ground cover bushes and trees need to be fabricated and installed. Buildings need to be upgraded, painted and weathered. All members should be involved in house keeping of the layout, clubhouse and property!

  2. New Members should watch and learn from the experienced members as to how things are done. Laying track, scenery construction, rolling stock maintenance (wheels, couplers, and weight), wiring and switching operations are some of the items that come under this area.

  3. Trains Should Not Be Run On Work Nights. Testing of track, turnouts and wiring of an engine or car that has been worked on would be the exception to this practice. There is plenty of time to play with trains on operating nights or on other days/nights than work nights. All senior members have access to the clubhouse at all times for this purpose.

  4. When Handling Motive Power, it is recommended that a diesel locomotive be picked up in the area of the fuel tank, located near the center of the engine. This is the area where it will be least likely to damage detail and if the body shell lugs are missing, will keep the power chassis from falling out. Steam engines are best picked up in the running board area with the tender disconnected. The valve gear and side rods can be bent if the engine is picked up by the driving wheels.

  5. Detail Items (people, vehicles, buildings, etc.) are placed in certain positions on the layout by the member that is working on that area of the layout. The member has certain ideas as to what he wants an area to look like. It is recommended that if a fellow member has another idea as to placement, he should discuss it with the member that is in charge of that area of the layout. Random movement of detail is distracting to all members.

  6. On Operating Nights, try to keep in mind that members work at different speeds. Be patient and let them work at their own speed. Maintain your chosen workstation and be ready to continue. Remember to leave block switches and turnouts in the correct positions. If something seems to be causing a problem, (car, engine, track work, electrical, couplers), make a note of it so it can fixed. All members should take responsibility for making repairs or corrections that they find. If they don't have the ability for a certain job, they should ask for help. Don't leave it for someone else to find and fix.

  7. If Something Gets Broken, notify the club president or railroad superintendent. A determination will be made as to how and who should fix the problem.

  8. Non-Club Equipment should be tested before it is included in operating sessions. Members should check coupler height, weight and rolling qualities on their own before bringing equipment to an operating night.

26 February 2001