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New Locomotive and Rolling Stock Standards
On February 26, 2008, Poway Station members approved the final versions of club standards for locomotives and rolling stock. As with the Module and Track and Electrical Standards, these newly-adopted standards are designed to supplement National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) standards, and provide a better experience when running trains at public shows.
You might like to know a little about the philosophy we'll follow in applying these standards. As with the existing standards, these standards are a guideline, not necessarily a hard and fast requirement. That is to say, we have determined that locomotives and rolling stock that meet these standards tend to operate with fewer "adverse events." You can recognize an "adverse event" as a derailment or train separation (uncoupling).
We'd like to have as many pieces of equipment meet these standards as possible, but we recognize that there may be instances in which meeting the standards is not possible for whatever reason. One example might be a long car that is properly weighted, but the weight causes the Delrin trucks to deform and set the car on the ground. Obviously, this car will fail to operate if it is held exactly to the standards. Instead, we'd like to see the car brought as close as possible to the standards while retaining reliable operation. This will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis during the certification process.
Module and Track Standards have a Certification Plan and a Certification Checklist, and so will these new standards. The Checklists have already been created, and provided to members for comment. Comments have been received, and minor changes made. The Plans will be created, now that the final versions of the standards and checklists have been approved, and everything will be posted on the web page, the same as for Module and Track Standards. This may already be accomplished by the time you read this.
Many of you may be saying to yourselves, "How do I get all my cars and locomotives certified?" Our objective would be, not to certify all your equipment at once, but to select that equipment you intend to run at San Rafael (August 2-3, 2008). We hope to run only certified equipment at that, and subsequent shows. Until San Rafael, we will continue to operate equipment as we have in the past. But by running only certified equipment, we hope to reduce the number of "adverse events" we experience during the shows.
We will hold several Car Clinics over the next several months leading up to the San Rafael Show. These will be announced in the weekly meeting notice sent to all members by the Secretary. We will have everything on hand that we will need to certify your equipment and apply the color code that you've selected. Please do not apply your own color code, as we intend to use the presence of the color code to demonstrate that the equipment has been certified. If it is not convenient for you to bring your equipment to a Car Clinic, please contact me to make other arrangements.
Our goal since forming the club over 8 years ago has been continuous improvement. Adoption of these standards is one more step along the way to that goal. Please let me have your questions or comments.