the blog of the Amherst Railway Society

The Amherst Railway Society’s blog – RPO – helps you learn about, understand, and enjoy the fascinating worlds of railroads and model railroads.

Blog posts

The Shift to Virtual Blocks

Railroads are looking for ways to increase train capacity on high traffic lines.

One way to do that is by switching from a fixed block train management system to virtual blocks. The technology is here – today.

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The Magic of the Railroad Hobby Show

Faced with a pandemic-induced cancellation of the 2021 Railroad Hobby Show, we could have thrown up our hands and waited/hoped for a show in 2022.

We didn’t. Instead we figured out how to take the show online – twice.

Here’s how we did it.

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