The real Employee Time Table (depicted and dowloadable on the far right) is voluminous and therefore interesting reading for readers trying to get a complete picture of the railroad and inner workings of operations on the property. Our modified version removes a lot of that information so our operators can get a more concise and understandable picture of the layout.

Our Employee Time Table has the very important Schedule integrated in to it, which is the schedule we use to run trains on the layout.

On the Central Vermont all Northward trains ran as extras and were inferior to Southward, adding to the dispatching and operating challenge of getting trains over the railroad in a timely manner.
Download our ETT
Download prototype ETT
The forms we use to operate our layout are carefully crafted to match the prototype in form and substance. Our working versions appear here in white (but are actually used in full color matching the prototype colors. For each form, we have provided a prototype example for illustration.
Unlike all of our other paperwork, the CVRR Form OS that we use on our layout is a complete fabrication. Each departing train crew gets a pre-populated form (like the example above) for each station which they will pass. The form's intention is to help amateur railroaders remember to perform the duties that were second nature to professionals, making sure that ultimately the Chief Dispatcher has knowledge of where trains are in the system. In 1956 which is the date of our layout, the CD relied on telephonic or telegraphic reports from around the property to keep track of things.

What is OS?

In a 2003 post "anonymous" described OSing as follows:

OS means "On Sheet." When a train passes a station in timetable and train-order territory, the time of its passage is noted on the Chief Dispatcher's train sheet in the proper place. This forms a permanent record of how the railroad was operated, and by its very nature it establishes a dynamic record of each train's movement authority. 
In the trainorder and timetable days, operators in open stations "OS'd" each train to the dispatcher by telegraph or telephone, sending a message like "OS X5431W at Cisco, 10:13." Closed or unmanned stations couldn't report, of course, and unless there was a temporary or permanent requirement for the train to OS itself by telephone or radio at a given station, no OS could be made. But there would be enough OS points  that the dispatcher knew what was going on, and the dispatcher always had enough of an updated picture in front of him that he could manage his railroad efficiently.

Crew Instructions: The Manifest

Real railroading is paperwork intensive which makes sense considering all of the information that needs to be recorded about loads, customers, and the railcars and their destinations. In the model version we emulate the real paperwork with concessions to reality... our visitors want to be running the railroad and we dont have the dozens and dozens of paperwork clerks that real railroads have. As such our railroad runs with a computer assist... not realistic given our 1956 reality. The good news is that the computer part happens behind a curtain... thanks to our "Wizard of Oz" Jon S. for delivering to our train crews an analog printout of their duties with help from a program known as JMRI. The pages below are representative of the work package crews get for one of our regular trains, No. 738.
Page 1 tells the crew of 738 what their duties are on this day
Page 2 tells the crew of 738 what railcars will be part of their train. These cars are in the yard at Palmer, MA. Each car has unique reporting marks. The final destination of these cars is one the far right column, allowing the crew to organize the train in convenient blocks if they choose.
Page 3 tells the crew what to do when they get to the first town they have work at, which in this case is Stafford Springs. They have cars to pickup, in Central Vermont terms each is a "Lift". Also some cars they have brought from Palmer need to be left in specific places in Stafford, these are "Drops".
Pages 4-8 has additional instructions for the train as it continues its southbound trip.
Page 9 has instructions for yard crew for further classifying of this train after its arrival in East New London.

Train Registers and Dispatcher's Train Sheet;
Station Record of Train Movements

This is our version of the CVRR register. It draws very heavily from the prototype register. We use an 11x17 inch version for ease and for visibility. ​
This is our version of the CVRR Dispatcher's Train Sheet. It is essentially identical to the one used by the Central Vermont.