In operating sessions on my own and others' layouts, I've noticed that many operators (including me) run at scale speeds that are WAY too fast. Most of us are generally running slower when switching in yards and industries and faster on mainlines, but accurate timing of our trains' scale speeds on different layouts revealed operators' speeds ranged from 5 to 30 N-scale mph faster than appropriate, both in yards and on mainlines. Most HO operators managed to keep their maximum speed in the 10 to 15 mph range when working in HO layout yards and industries, but traveled 40 to 50 HO-scale mph on mainlines with 30 mph limits and 50 to 60 HO mph in blocks with 45 mph limits. Using an MRT Accutrack II Speedometer, I discovered I was running trains in my N-scale layout yards at 20 to 25 mph instead of the 5 to 10 mph they should have been running. On my HO switching layout, my yard and industry speeds were better (7-12 HO-scale mph), but still got up to 20 mph when maximum speed between the yard and nearby interchanges probably should have been 15 mph. When attempting to run a pair of switchers and cut of cars at a specific N-scale speed on the mainline, my first 6 attempts to run at 20 mph were 27, 24, 19, 21, 21, and 20 mph, 4 attempts to get exactly 30 mph, and 7 attempts to run at 40 mph. Feedback from a speedometer will help get you running closer to appropriate scale speeds, but a cheaper alternative is to time how long it takes to run 88 scale feet on your layout. Somewhere (model RR magazine or maybe here on TrainBoard) someone pointed out that a train (car, truck, object) moving 60 mph will cover about 88 feet in one second. If you cover 88 scale feet in one second, your train is running about 60 scale mph; 2 seconds -> 30 smph; 3 seconds ->20 smph; 4 sec - >15 smph; 5 sec ->12 smph; 6 sec ->10 smph; 10 sec -> 6 smph; 12 sec ->5 smph. Planting telephone poles every 88 scale feet along your ROW will give you markers against which to gauge your speed. What other methods can operators use to get better at running their trains at scale speeds?