One of our members, Joe Peacock, recognized a need when he heard children at train shows voicing the request "Please, please, I want to run a train", they would ask of Mom and/or Dad. This led Joe to conceptualize, construct and then operate a small portable layout — the Junior Engineer Layout (JEL) — that can easily be setup and used by non-club affiliated children at public train show events.
During the Junior Engineer session the child(ren) are shown how a train runs, changes tracks via switches, sets out and oicks up cars at industries, makes a station stop, etc., with the child(ren) operating the train.
Following the session the Junior Engineer is given a certificate confirming his/her participation in the program.
The Junior Engineer Layout has been a popular attraction at our train shows.
Click the link below for full information about the Club's Junior Engineer Layout, constructed by Joe to meet the need for a layout
where children can operate a train (and their parents to photograph them operating) under the supervision of a Club member, and learn about railroading at the same time