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2024 Layout Design and Operations Weekend

March 22nd-24th, 2024

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Presented by the Indian Nations Division of the NMRA


Operating Session Layouts

Featured in MRP and GMR
Kansas City Terminal
Owner: Jim Senese
Crew: 8
Kansas City Terminal Railway
Silverton & Lake City
Owner: Dave Steensland
Crew: 5
Silverton & Lake City
Featured in RMC, MR, The Dispatcher, The Cowcatcher
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: 5
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
Featured in January 2021 Dispatcher Magazine
Tulsa Port of Catoosa Railroad
Owner: Dale Baker
Crew: 4
Connell Northern
Owner: Sam Simons
Crew: 2-3
Green Country Model Railroad
Owner: GCMRA
Crew: 7-8
Overland Scenic Lines
Owner: Dennis Miller
Crew: 4-8

We're Back!

Welcome! We are pleased and excited to announce to you the upcoming LAYOUT DESIGN AND OPERATIONS WEEKEND to be held on March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of 2024. We will have three operating events, one each on Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday Morning. There are 12-14 great layouts in the Tulsa Area to choose from. Our Saturday morning and afternoon seminar will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. A catered lunch will be served in the basement of the Akdar Shrine Center and is included in the $40 registration fee. Bring your track plans, photos, display boards and mockups to share with everyone. Great place to solicit feedback on your layout.

Indian Nations 2024 Schedule:

Friday, March 22nd, 2024
  • All guests arrive. Dinner on your own.
  • Muster in hotel lobby to ensure everyone has a ride - 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Op-Sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2024
  • Doors open at the Akdar Shrine Center at 7:30 a.m.
  • Registration packets and sign up from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Welcome and opening Comments 8:00 a.m.
  • David Doiron - “The 3rd leg: The Function of a Traffic Pattern in Operations” - 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
  • Sammy Carlile - “The Santa Fe Hereford Sub Layout” - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Phil Monat - Yard Design Aspects” 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Catered Lunch and Track Planning Consulting - 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • John Parker - “Designing and Operating the BNSF Fall River Division” - 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Phil Monat - “Yard Operating Aspects” - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Closing Comments and Thank You - 3:30p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Dinner on your own - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Muster in hotel lobby to ensure everyone has a ride - 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Op-Sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Evening concludes.
Sunday, March 24th, 2024
  • Muster in hotel lobby to ensure everyone has a ride - 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  • Op-Sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Event concludes.

Indian Nations and Operations:

All of us here are excited to open our layouts for you to enjoy. If you choose to operate on these layouts, you will be able to pick from the list below in the Registration. We ask that you select your top five layout choices and will do our best to accommodate your wishes. Note that not all layouts operate on all three days. The available layouts with descriptions are listed on the left to help you make your choices. We also ask that if you are traveling with someone and would like to operate with them, please let us know. We will do our best to keep everyone together. Each layout will have an assigned departure time from the hotel each day. Addresses for entry into your navigation system will be provided. The hotel departure time will be so that everyone will arrive at their destination early enough for viewing before the op-session begins and to ensure everyone has a ride.

Indian Nations preferred Hotel:

Hampton Inn & Suites Tulsa/Central, 3418 South 79th East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145. Call direct to the hotel at 918-779-4000 or use the following link and request the “Train Group” rate.,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Directions to the hotel:

From Eastbound I-44:
Exit 31st St and Memorial Dr, Turn Right on 31st Court, Turn Right on 79th E. Ave

From Westbound I-44:
Exit Memorial, Turn Left on Memorial to 33rd Street, Turn Right on 33rd Street.

From Eastbound Highway 51:
Exit Memorial Dr, Turn Left on Memorial Dr., Turn Left on 33rd St.

From Westbound Highway 51:
Exit Memorial Dr., Turn Right on Memorial Dr., Turn Left on 33rd St.

Shriners Temple:

Akdar Shrine Center 2808 S Sheridan Road Tulsa, OK 74129
Location of the Seminar, address and directions from the Hotel.
(5 minutes from the Hampton Inn)
From the Hampton Inn:
Head northeast to E 31st Street.
Turn left onto E 31st Street and head West.
After 1 mile, turn right on Sheridan Road.
Go north 1/4 mile and the Shriner's Temple will be on your left.

About this year's speakers:

Phil Monat (MMR)

Phil is a lifelong modeler and operator living in New York City. He has been a NMRA member for over thirty years and an OPSIG and LDSIG member for the last twenty. President of the OPSIG for six years right after Bill Jewett's death, he led the organization through several years of explosive growth and many new transformative programs, including non-profit status, full color publication of their magazine The Dispatcher's Office, formation of the Bill Jewett Fund, initiation of the OPSIG clothing line, new web site design and a revitalized Call Board. He was Editor of the DO for several years, and the Editor of the seminal book on Timetable and Train Order Operation, '19 East, Copy Three'. He also was the layout artist and co-Editor of the OPSIG's book on Operations, ‘A Compendium Of Model Railroad Operations, From Design to Implementation'. He has written extensively in the model railroad press and is a frequent attendee at many operating events around the country. His model railroad, The Delaware & Susquehanna, is a sprawling effort that keeps up to fourteen folks enjoying (hopefully) the fruits of prototype model railroading. You're welcome to come visit!

David Doiron

David is a life member of the NMRA and the PSR. His involvement in model railroad operations began in 1954 with the primitive equipment available at that time and incorporated new features as they developed. A founding member of the “Lackawampum” model railroad club in Tempe (later becoming the Scottsdale club), and a member of various clubs in New Jersey and California while in the service, David expanded his experiences and involvement in the hobby, becoming a friend, advisor, designer, and coordinator for several large layouts. David was one of the founders of ProRail and has coordinated two of those events. He was also a founding member of the NMRA OpSIG and is currently the OpSig coordinator for the PSR region and the coordinator for DesertOps. He began hosting operating sessions on his 4400 sqft basement layout in 2010 and all are invited to come visit.

John Parker

John is a life-long model railroader living in Northern Colorado for the past 40 years. Retired from a global technology company, he enjoys fly-fishing and hiking, in addition to working on his BNSF Fall River Division model railroad.

Sammy Carlile

Sammy Carlile lives in the Osage Hills near Tulsa, Oklahoma with his awesome wife Deidra and his 2 fantastic boys Samuel and Bryson. He has been employed in the engineering and manufacturing field at the same company for over 29 years and is currently the senior salesperson in the engineered solutions aftermarket division. Sammy has been a Santa Fe railroad fan since 1982 when he was first exposed to the railroad when riding the SW Chief from Newton, KS to Los Angeles, CA and Chicago back to Newton. He's been a devoted ATSF historian, photographer and modeler and he has been building, kit-bashing, painting, and weathering his models since the early 1990's. After dabbling in a freelance layout loosely based on the Clovis Subdivision in New Mexico for about 5 years, in 2005, he decided on narrowing his focus and to settle on a specific time and place and he has been modeling the Hereford Subdivision on an operations-based layout set in the summer of 1995.

Indian Nations LDOP Apparel:

If you would like to order shirts or aprons this year you can follow this link. You will order your apparel directly from Daylight Sales and have it sent to your address.

Registration Information:

For registration follow this link: Registration - Layout Design and Operations (

Contact Information:

For registration questions email:
For questions about operating sessions email:
For any questions about upcoming or past events, email: