- April 4
Work continued on Gifford city. The last of the platform extensions
were build by Andy Miller, and the street layout is now under way.
Meanwhile Jeff Birkner, Dick Lord, and James Knight worked hard to
get power to the layout in the center of the room.
- April 7
Additional wiring was added under the tower. A cardboard mockup was made
for the street layout in the Gifford City station area. Work began on the
sidings for the produce center and the newspaper plant, two industries
which will be just outside the boundaries of P-yard.
Two pictures were added to the page:
"LayoutL" and "LayoutR". Both are shots from the
tower taken on March 24, 1998. "LayoutL" shows the turntable and belongs to
the left of the one that shows the Gifford City buildings ("LayoutR").
There are two loops around the tower. A train leaving Gifford City curves
around the buildings in LayoutR and proceeds left into LayoutL passing the
entrance to the turntable. The train then passes around the upper loop and
returns to Gifford City (LayoutR) on tracks parallel to those it just used.
If the train then passed through Gifford City, it would pass down the left
side of LayoutL and drop down to the lower loop around the tower, passing
under the roundhouse. It would then return to Gifford City (LayoutR) on
tracks parallel to those it just used.
You may click on the images to see larger versions.
- April 11
John Purbrick worked on the industrial siding in the east entrance
to Gifford City. He had started work on this siding previously,
but was mistakenly not reported, sorry John! This siding will, at
some point, have a 'Y' turnout, of course, hand-laid! Meanwhile
Andy Miller continued to work on the platforms of Gifford City.
All the wood pieces are now here, with the next steps being to fit
them and then paint them. Ben FrantzDale continued to work in
patching old sections of layout, especially when 'cracks' appeared
in the scenery.
Meanwhile S&P (Jeff Birkner & James Knight) continued to distribute
power around the layout.
- April 14
John Purbrick continued his work on the sidings that serve the
proposed produce plant. The coloration of the ties and ballast is based on a
recent examination of the Grand Junction line nearby.
Jeff Birkener, Alvar Saenz-Otero and James Knight worked on additional wiring
under the layout. Also a concrete anchor was placed in the ceiling to
provide additional support for the cable tray that carries wiring from the
System area to the layout.
Joe Onorato and John McNamara worked on the designs for the walls of the tower
A design in which the walls slope outward to provide increased
knee room, provide increased desk space, and provide anchor points from
which to suspend scenic backdrops, is gaining favor.
- April 18
Andy Miller, John McNamara, Bill Onorato, and Alvar Saenz Otero discussed the
production of a commemorative car for the 50th anniversary of TMRC. Andy
also continued work, together with Ishak Akyuz, on the platforms of the new
Gifford City station. John Purbrick continued his work on the industrial
sidings at the east exit of Gifford City.
Alvar and Ishak took out all the old switch motors (actually solenoids) and
all the old point in preparation to replace them with tortoise machines.
Jeff Birkner finished most of the power distribution work under the layout.
James Knight, Jeff and Alvar then worked on the last steps needed for the new
relay boards of System 3. A 'final-beta' design is expected next Saturday
so that the boards go into production before summer starts.
- April 21
Ishak and John P worked on converting some of the P-yard switches to use
Tortoise switch machines. These machines eliminate the need for adjustment
and can be driven by the new electronic switch throwing system without need
of extra interface components. John M did some further work on the
- April 25
Bill Onorato and John Shriver worked on the trolley bridge that crosses
the east end of Gifford City. Ishak Akyus, Ben FrantzDale and Alvar
Saenz-Otero worked on the switches in P-Yard. All but 4 of the old
switches now have the new style points. Also, Ishak installed two
more tortoise machines. Andy Miller brought in the new cars for the
50th anniversary series. He began to paint the golden areas already.
Dick Lord checked that all the existant track was correctly spiked ...
and found a record breaking section of 17 ties without a single spike!
These sections are now fixed :-)
Alvar helped James Knight check the PCB design for the new switch relay
cards. A final check this coming Tuesday by John Purbrick should be the
last thing needed before the cards go into production. After checking
the design James and Alvar worked to get the big loop up and running
- April 28
Ishak and John P continued their work on converting the P-yard switches to
Tortoise machines, with some help from Alvar, Claude, and John M. Andy
Miller painted and scribed some of the new P-yard platforms. Jeff Birkner
brought in some relays for the new switch control cards, and James checked
component placement clearances on a full size copy of the control card
layout. James and John M also cleaned track and loco wheels in preparation
for Alvar's Thursday presentation to visiting alumni.