In the real world, training of new railroad employees typically takes several months. It includes both formal classes and on-the-job training under the watchful eye of an experienced senior person. In model railroad op sessions, road crews are often expected to run trains with only a few minutes of orientation. Quite a contrast to put it mildly.

This INTRO CLASS provides basic information for people operating on this layout for the first time. The class takes less than one hour and is usually held just prior to the beginning of an op session. First-timers are invited to attend to learn about signals and procedures before accepting their assigned jobs. If all first-timers absorb this online material ahead of time, then the on-site in-person class can be cancelled which will make a lot of people very happy. Repeat operators are welcome to attend the class, but are not expected to do so.

Great appreciation to Chuck Hakkarinen for his production of this Intro Class.