This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of May 1998, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- May 5
Ishak and John M continued work on converting the P-yard switches to
Tortoise machines. Andy Miller did some more work on the new P-yard
platforms. Jeff Birkner did some electrical work, and John P worked on the
"newspaper plant" siding.
- May 12
John M installed another Tortoise switch machine in P-yard and John P
worked on some new concepts in resistive wheelsets. Ben FrantzDale stopped
by for a five minute visit to supervise our work.
- May 26
John M constructed an additional area of plywood behind the roundhouse so
that the roundhouse stalls that were shortened to fit into the old clubroom
can now be extended to full length. This will be a long term project, as
the floor has to be extended, some new rear walls constructed, interior
roof trusses extended, and new rear-section roofing installed.
Andy worked on bridge supports for a North Shore project and did additional
work on our P-yard platforms.
John P constucted, in rough form, a new bridge over the main line. This
bridge is the second of two bridges across the main line that connect the
Gifford City trolley loop area with other sections of the city located in
imaginary space where the viewers are standing. It is immediately adjacent
to the produce terminal building that John has been mocking up over the
past few weeks.
Alvar led a discussion amongst all present concerning the next steps in
tower construction. The current tower consists of a 6 foot diameter
circular floor located about five feet in the air and surrounded by two
loops of track. It is anticipated that a drum-like structure roughly 18
inches greater in diameter will surround most of the tower enclosing the
loops and also forming the exterior of the area where operators sit.
Various methods of attaching this structure to the present structure were
discussed, as were details about the countertop upon which operators will
place their M-boards and Coca-cola cans. The new design is quite a bit
different than that discussed by Joe Onorato on 14 April.
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