We received a message from the daughter of former member Eric Bott, who made the Coca-Bubblie sign back in his student days around 1970. It's in a prominent location and continues to be admired. The visit she suggested wasn't possible, but we hope she'll call this picture to her dad's attention.
This article includes a picture of the sign which inspired Eric's model. It sat on top of the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Allston, and when the building met its demise in the 1980s, the sign was meant to be preserved, but somehow it got scrapped.
Memory has it that back when Eric made the sign, light-emitting diodes were a new form of technology, and they were expensive. A 4-digit display was beyond our budget, but our faculty advisor Steve Burns wrote to the company that made them, and they donated a unit. Perhaps in those days LEDs weren't as long-lived as they are now, because that original display ended up needing replacement.
John P installed some removable scenery to see how things might be built on the upper level.
The proposed diamond and interchange with another railroad, lit by the lights removed from below the plywood during construction.
Strolling by the Charles, one might pass the MIT sailing pavilion.
One of the boats had a name that we recognize.
It's easier to see in the reflection, so let's turn it upside down. Yes, that's interesting.
David Lambeth made his annual visit from the West Coast Shops, this time with the lift bridge for the Wattahack River, which he's assembled over the last few months. It's made from a kit produced by Custom Model Railroads Inc.
He made a mechanism to operate it too.
Then David, Bill and John P had a discussion about the design of Sawyer, on the upper level.
It seems as if we have room for Bill's model of "Marla Miller" (based on a real building in Acton MA). This model dates from around 1970.
John P laid out the proposed tracks in tape. The interchange track can hold 4 cars, just barely.
This is the diamond crosing, where the Central Vermont, if that's what we call it, will cross over. There's room for a Union Station with platforms on both railroads.
Prajwal has deserted the chalets and glaciers of Switzerland for a few weeks, and of course the first thing he did at TMRC was get his European trains out.
They work as well as they ever did. Howard avoided getting involved.
What this shows is John P's brilliant fix of the computer display, which allowed it to show the full diagram on the screen. What was required was to restart the computer in "KDE Plasma" mode and not Gnome.
We were hoping to have an operating session with lots of new students. There were some visitors, and trains did run. Alex was host.
Prajwal got the full display working.
The visitors were duly impressed.
John T brought in his excellent new model, a Chinese-prototype locomotive which he bought on his recent trip to China.
It ran extremely well, and psitons did not deter it. There is also a Japanese caboose in this picture.
The visitors enjoyed a game of Tetris, especially as all the buttons now work properly.
This is John P's new 3-D printed switch machine in action.
Some belated credit for David Lambeth of the West Coast Shops. He made these gorgeous silos for the chemical plant.
He also made a section of viaduct to connect with Andy Miller's bridge in Killianport. This is based on the Lechmere viaduct just down the road.
Lots of Progress by Alex! Here's some construction in East Berkmannville.
This is a small building--for East Berkmannville?
Here it is complete.
A small display unit to be used on the platform at Killianport as a train indicator.
Prajwal, visiting from wherever he is these days, was impressed.
Now it has our text on it.
John P did some more cutting of plywood for Level 2. Working out in the hallway means cleaning up is easier.
Level 2 above East Berkmannville, with junk already in place. The front-to-back depth is 20 inches, which was acceptable by consensus of TMRC members in the room.
New steelwork to support the plywood, involving hard-to-find "cone nuts".
Another of Alex's projects--a walkway outside the roundhouse.
And another of John P's--more LED lighting as Level 2 progresses.
We were favored with a visit from members of the Rochester Institute of Technology's Model Railroad Club, and we traded a couple of freight cars with them. Note that one car is finished and weathered, and the other is "some assembly required". Their railroad is the Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal.