Below is a copy of a memo sent out outlining the rules of using the club layouts. It would be appreciated if all NRV members along with non-members who plan to use the layouts would read this. It is to ensure that everybody gets to have a good time and that nothing gets broken. Thanks.
Dear Members and Friends:
In order for our club to function with a minimum amount of supervision it is necessary for everyone to remember to observe the basic
Rules of the Road.
1. If you are not sure how a layout’s controls work ask. If there is no one to ask: Do not Run trains on that layout.
2. If you are operating on a layout where members have stored locomotives or a consists on a siding: Do not remove the rolling stock from that siding without the owner’s permission.
3. If a member has left a coupled, joined or otherwise connected piece of rolling stock on the layout: PLEASE DO NOT uncouple or disconnect without the owner’s permission. Not all rolling stock is designed to be separated without great risk.
4. On those layouts with turnouts: PLEASE RETURN the turnouts to the position that you found them in when you arrived.
In most cases this means making sure they are set for the main line. This is especially important for those layout that operate with the trains out of sight.
What has prompted this an incident on the HO layout in which a multi unit locomotive was physically removed from its siding and separated with one section left on the table and the other placed on a mainline track. Subsequently the unit on the mainline was involved in a collision. This unit had been left joined on the siding by its owner because it is so difficult to separate.
The issue with the turnouts being left in an incorrect position resulted in a locomotive shearing a pantograph on a low clearance route.