Desert Ops

Important Dates

June 15


August 13

Layout selection closes

August 13

Hotel Reservations Due

October 20

Noon - 4:00 PM
- Packets available -

6:00 PM
- 1st Operating Session -

October 21

10:00 AM
- 2nd Operating Session -

October 22

10:00 AM
- 3rd Operating Session -

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Open House tours -

- Group Dinner-

Desert Ops 2016 - Phoenix - October 20-22

Welcome to Desert Ops 2016 - our third bi-annual model railroad operations weekend in Phoenix.

In even-numbered years the Desert Ops event is held in Phoenix; in odd-numbered years, in Tucson. Details for Desert Ops 2016 are:

Participation will be first-come first-served by registration through this web site. Registration will open June 15, 2016. There will be three operating sessions this year. NOTE that we now have eight layouts participating this year.

We also plan to host a group dinner this time, on Saturday evening. This will be a sign-up and prepay event. Details to follow later.

The host hotel will again be the Tempe Holiday Inn Express. You can now visit the hotel page. We've noted the special rate of $114 there.

"Outlaw" sessions and Open House tours will be available at some layouts. See the 'Information' menu tab.

Prototype railroad operating sessions in the Phoenix area started in 1959 and have been held continuously ever since. Layout owners here are pleased to host this event to share the fun and comraderie. If you have any questions not covered at this web site, contact or David Doiron at 602-550-3583