- February 3
As trains leave P-yard heading for the lower loop around the tower (see
last week's photo), they will pass over a two track bridge over a river,
through a double crossover, and into the trackwork approaching the lower
tower loop. This Tuesday evening, John M worked on a temporary version of
the bridge, John P worked on the crossover, and James and Alvar worked on
the switches and trackwork approaching the loop.
- February 7
On Saturday, James, Jeff, and Howard removed the bottom structure
of the roundhouse area so that it can be moved into place above the loop
switchwork now being completed. This is
scheduled for either next Saturday or Tuesday 2/17.
- February 10
For all parties concerned, this Tuesday evening was a continuation of work
done last Tuesday evening (and last Saturday). John M worked on a temporary
version of the first bridge, completing one track of the two planned. John
P worked on the crossover, and Alvar worked on the switches and trackwork
approaching the loop. All switches and track necessary for the loop
trackwork are now in house and nearly complete. Tim, James, and John P
also had additional design discussion for the Club's new electronic
- February 17
The turntable and roundhouse area from the old layout was moved into a
proposed position at about 3 am last Sunday morning. Tonight, Alvar,
James, and John M worked on a support structure that will be useful for it
and for the surrounding trackwork. The final position of the turntable and
roundhouse area depends upon the following factors:
- the grade of the
mainline in approaching the area
- the clearance underneath the area, as
there are tracks running beneath a portion of it
- the relationship
of the roundhouse to the scenic backdrop that will surround the nearby
John Purbrick worked on his double crossover, which is
well more than 50% complete. Jeff Birkner worked on adding track feeders
to the blocks around the tower loop.
- February 21
Early on Saturday (around 3pm) Alvar began to cleanup the layout area of the
room and making more workspace. All the front half of the room is now clean
and the layout itself is clear of tools or other undesirable objects.
John McNamara helped, later on, sweep the floor so that the clenaup was
Andy Miller worked on laying the last curve of track out of
P-yard, which goes to the second track over the river. Prof. Hidetoshi
Katsuma helped with this later on. John Purbrick
completed the trackwork in his double crossover switch - a great pice
of work! Joe Onorato worked on finishing two switches coming out of
P-yard. At this point the last parts missing to end the 'West' end of
P-yard are : the second track of the bridge and a switch connecting tracks
2 and 3 of the yard.
Then Bill Onorato, John McNamara, and Alvar Saenz Otero figured
out the final position for the turntable and have fixed it in place.
The roundhouse and turntable, therefore, are all set. With this done
it was determined that the height for the temporary loop was go be
45.5" to the bottom of the plywood. With this information the loop section
was build and put in place. The plywood is there for 3/4 of the loop,
with the only part missing being the one tha connects the turntable to
the loop. This need further analysis to make as much permament work
After this work was done Alvar built the door to cover
the back of the DC breaker panel. Once this was done he took a
'Governor Priviledge' and, after compiling previous input from members,
decided to work on the old D-Board. The D-board was reconfigured so that
the Clock can be easily accessed from the front, and therefore it can
be saved and installed directly to the wall.
- February 24
Jeff added some more block feeders. James, Tim, Joe, and Alvar added a
piece of plywood which connects the main part of the layout with the newly
positioned turntable/roundhouse scene. Two more pieces, each about 4' 8"
long, are needed to connect this new piece with the second-deck loop that
Alvar constructed around the tower Saturday night / Sunday morning. When
these two pieces are added, all the plywood for Phase I layout construction
will be in place. The general plan is that a train will be able to run
loop-to-loop "great circle route" over the Phase I trackage by March 27th,
the MIT Building 20 celebration day.
In addition to the above work, John M completed the second track over the
temporary western bridge across the river. The eastern bridge will go where
the plywood was installed this evening. Immediately adjacent to the just
completed bridge, John P has completed a marvelous double crossover
complete with four new Tortoise switch machines.
- February 28
First and most incredible of all: Today, thanks to the work of John Shriver,
Jeff, and Ben, a locomotive ran from one end of the track to another,
through P-yard, around the bottom loop, and back up! This was possible
also thanks to John Pubrick and Tim who worked on getting the very last
switch in the p-yard area working. In summary, all of P-yard is ready
to go, and work now continues at the other end of Gifford City.
Meanwhile a lot more work was done. All the plywood needed for Phase I
is in place! It has been fixed with risers, leveled, and put together.
Howard, James, Jeff and Alvar helped to get his done! Phase I is soon
to be completed as far as construction goes, S&P and SceneComm will soon
have lots and lots of work.
This new plywood now also has all the necessary lattice stock for roadbed.
It was decided that the temporary track around the loop did not need roadbed,
so James layed the track down, later on helped by Jeff. The roadbed goes
on until the curve of the loop starts.