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2020 Layout Design and Operations Weekend

March 20-22, 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Presented by the Indian Nations Division of the NMRA
In conjunction with the LDSIG and OPSIG

Operating Session Layouts

Featured in N Scale Magazine
Deep River Southern
Owner: Dave Salamon
Crew: 4
Deep River Southern
Featured in MRP and GMR
Kansas City Terminal
Owner: Jim Senese
Crew: 8
Kansas City Terminal
Silverton & Lake City
Owner: Dave Steensland
Crew: 5
Silverton & Lake City
Southern Pacific
Owner: Jim Sinclair
Crew: 10
Southern Pacific
Featured in RMC
Santa Fe Hereford Subdivision
Owner: Sammy Carlile
Crew: 8
Santa Fe Hereford Subdivision
Featured in RMC and the Dispatcher
KCS 3rd Subdivision
Owner: Steve Davis
Crew: 13
KCS 3rd Subdivision
Featured in the Gazette
Pandora & San Miguel
Owner: Ken Ehlers
Crew: 7
Tulsa Junction Railway
Owner: Jon Pansius
Crew: 6
Frisco Cherokee Subdivision
Owner: Steve Campbell
Crew: 7
South Brooklyn Terminal Railway
Owner: Tom Fausser
Crew: 4
The Spaendahl Yamanee & Densum (SY&D) Railroad
Owner: Steve Gillett
Crew: 3
Tulsa Port of Catoosa Railroad
Owner: Dale Baker
Crew: 2
Kansas Central Division - Coffeyville Sub
Owner: Allan Roecker
Crew: 4
Connell Northern
Owner: Sam Simons
Crew: 2-3

Mark your calendars now for the 2020 LD/OPSIG Meet! We will have operating sessions Friday morning, Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday morning as well as a number of presentations on Saturday.

Our online registration page is up and running! Click here to register using PayPal.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IF YOU WANT TO ORDER A SHIRT OR APRON IS SUNDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2020. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ORDER APPAREL, THEN THERE IS NO DEADLINE. (However, operating slots are filled on a first come, first served basis, so it would be wise to register early.)


Workshop Presentations

Saturday March 21st from 8:00am - 3:45pm
Click or tap on speaker name and clinic title for more details

8:00-8:15 Introduction
8:15-9:15 Rich Gibson and Jay Cox Adventures in Moving a Layout
9:30-10:30 Kenneth Ehlers Designing a layout based upon a specific prototype: making the RGS my own
10:45-11:45 Doug Tagsold History of the railroads of Toledo, Ohio
11:45-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Doug Tagsold 1:72 scale C&S layout
2:30-3:30 Surprise Presentation
3:30-3:40 Closing Remarks

Additional Activities

Operating Sessions


Shriner's Temple
28th & Sheridan
Tulsa, Oklahoma


Embassy Suites Central
3332 S 79th E Ave (31st & Memorial)
Tulsa, OK 74145
Local phone: 918-622-4000

We have a special rate of $99 per night for a king suite or $104 per night for a double suite room with breakfast buffet and evening cokctail reception. This rate is good for Thursday night, March 19, through a departure on Sunday, March 22.
The easiest way to book a room is to click this link which will take you directly to the booking page with the dates and rate already filled in .
You can also call 1-800-EMBASSY or 918-622-4000 and use the booking code "LDO" for group name "Layout Design & Operations".


We will have a catered hot lunch. Please check back for more details.


Rich Gibson inherited his interest in the hobby from his father, and he has been railfanning and modeling for as long as he can remember, having taken scratchbuilt wooden cars for school "show-and-tell" (and getting picked on accordingly). As early as the 1970's, his interest focused on the railroads of northern New England, particularly the Maine Central and Boston & Maine. Since college, Rich has started construction of 6 layouts and taken them to ever-increasing degrees of completion and prototypical accuracy. Due to far too many work-related relocations, he ended up moving three of these layouts and has adapted his layout building accordingly. Rich's current Maine Central Rockland branch survived the latest of these moves, underwent subsequent expansion to ~1000 sq ft, and is currently operational. When not modeling, Rich is a petroleum geologist, spends time volunteering at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO, and serves as CEO of Gibson Moving and Storage served by the South Brooklyn Terminal Rwy.

Kenneth Ehlers has been modeling Colorado narrow gauge since 1977, first in HOn3 and then in Sn3, and is well known for his contest modeling, having twice won Best-of-Show awards at the Narrow Gauge Conventions in 1990 and 2000. Ken's layouts have been featured in the Gazette, Sn3 Modeler, RMC, and Model Railroader, and he is MMR #119. Since retiring in 2008, Ken lives in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area with his wife, Margaret, where he is working on the latest edition of his Sn3 Pandora & San Miguel Railway. Visitors are always welcome:

Designing a layout based upon a specific prototype: making the RGS my own

This clinic looks at how Ken designed his Sn3 Pandora & San Miguel Railway to follow the Rio Grande Southern and looks at the many modifications and compromises that were necessary in order to fit his layout into a specific space. The clinic will focus on designing a track plan that balances prototype scenic realism with a desire to achieve realistic operations.

Doug Tagsold has been building model railroads all of his life. Four of the layouts have been published in several issues of Model Railroader and Great Model Railroads. First were the HO scale Denver, Front Range & Western, and the On3 D&RGW Silverton Branch. Since retiring in 2010 and moving to a newer home, Doug has built the HO scale Terminal of Toledo, which was featured in GMR 2015, and his current layout, the 1:72 scale Colorado & Southern Clear Creek Division, which appeared in the 2018 edition of Model Railroad Planning. Doug enjoys taking from what he learns from viewing and operating on other modeler's layouts and incorporating those feature in his current and future layouts. Doug and his wife Diane live in Blissfield, Michigan, but spend several weeks of the year vacationing in Colorado.

History of the railroads of Toledo, Ohio

Doug will give a brief history of the railroads of Toledo, Ohio, a pictorial review of the various railroads of Toledo as they appeared in the late 1970's and 80s, and how he used this research to design and operate his HO scale Terminal of Toledo layout. This 30 X 40 layout focused on the switching operations of Conrail, N&W, C&O, B&O, and the Ann Arbor railroad as these railroads serviced the port and automotive related industries of Toledo.

1:72 scale C&S layout

In this clinic, Doug will go over his reasons for building a new double deck layout, the different design requirements for this layout, and the reason for building his new C&S layout in 1:72 scale. Doug will also show many of his construction and scenery methods. The clinic will conclude with a photo tour of the layout.



Here are links to download PDF's of the presentations (you may want to download the files to your hard disk by right-clicking and choosing "Save As..."):


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