I suppose many people have thought of this but it occurred to me recently that not having walkaround control doesn't stop me from operating in a way that can seem more realistic. Many articles about layouts with walkaround control point out how the engineer gets to follow his train around the layout, making it seem more realistic. That's cool but I don't have walkaround, I have two powerpacks located on opposite sides of the layout. Running trains by myself I can use one pack to power a continuously running train while the other located near a switching area is for operating a local, spotting cars ar industries. I really can't follow a train around the layout, however. The thing that I just thought of is how with a two person crew one of us could be "the engineer" manning the power pack while the other would be the "brakeman/conductor" who alligns switches, couples and uncouples cars,and otherwise instructs the engineer. One of my packs is fitted inside a model of an EMD control stand I've made. I'm thinking it would be cool to sit there and run a local with all the pick ups and set outs being handled by my "crew". Now I just need to get a friend interested in model railroad operation. Below is a pic of the control stand power pack which has all the bells and whistles....there is a bell, and a locomotive horn (pull the rope and get a recorded horn). The control stand throttle moves the powerpack knob to increase and decrease speed. Best seat in the house!