It's time to start some 'test' operating sessions, at long last - and to that end I've been creating additional signage around the layout, to help people orient themselves to both the layout and its history.
It's been a fun project. Anyone who's even glanced at my main website - rgsrr.info - knows I've spent a lot of time research the real Rio Grande Southern. On the layout, I've tried to communicate some of that history with maps, short text snippets of interesting stories, etc - mostly signs on the stairs leading into the basement, and a few photos and postings around the layout as well.
But for operations, I feel people need to understand the trackplan, how and where the towns and sidings are located, where my hidden trackage leads (the most troublesome aspect of the design for visitors, I suspect), and other details.
So, I first created an overview document with both a map of the real railroad (and highlight the towns I've modeled), a schematic showing siding locations, a few key facing / trailning point spurs), and town sequence. Here's what that looks like: