- October 2
Today Dick began to extend the siding for the factory next to the river and
for the carbarn. On that subject, between Dick, Bill, and Alvar, we
agreed that there will be a switch for a track to service the
trolley carbarn, even if it will not have a MitCo junction (yet...).
On other work, Bill continued to add walls to the vegetable oil facility.
And Alvar did not stop work on the Green Building. Today he began the
installation of the detailed basswood onto the large 'coarse' plywood
James continued to upgrade the TMRC server so that it is secure and
powerful to soon host our full website, which will grow considerably once
its in our own computer! Jeff arrived at 1:49am TMRCST to do System 2
- October 5
Ed completed the siding into the Coca-Bubblie plant. Covered hoppers now
pass under Andy's bridge and into the plant. This marks the first railroad
service to this industry in many years! John McNamara cut out three more
sections of interior wall for the back of the roundhouse and Andy Miller
painted them. Andy also painted some cars and did some work on a Gifford
City building. John Purbrick continued his work on the parking lot between
his produce warehouse and the newspaper building. Alvar continued his work
on the Green Building model, and James Knight supervised.
There was a brief discussion of various types of model railroad design
software: 3D Railroad Concept and Design (Abracadata), 3rd Planlt
(Eldorado), and CadRail (Sandia). We could only find reviews of CadRail.
They were all very favorable, but the ones for early versions complained
about the learning curve. The more recent versions (6 and 7) were alledged
to be much more user friendly. Use of such a design tool might be of
assistance in taking us to the next stage of layout design.
- October 12
Ed Drozd continued his scenic work in the vicinity of the CocaBubblie
plant. In the process, he discovered a previously unnoticed problem. Since
the CocaBubblie siding is coplanar with the adjacent mainline, it is on an
upgrade, and high-quality cars roll out of it. He and John Purbrick solved
this problem by slitting the plywood baseboard in this area and depressing
the siding to be level. Nearby, Fred Mikkelsen and John Purbrick completed
the produce warehouse / newspaper plant parking area and added some
scenery. John Purbrick also started work on another facia board assembly.
John McNamara added another rear wall section to the roundhouse and painted
some window frames for the next wall sections. Andy Miller masked most of
the 96 window frames in a building he's painting for downtown Gifford City.
- October 16
Lots of people, so this time its a list:
- Bill continued to add window frames to the custom built
vegetable oil facility.
- Andy and Amitha worked on painting two buildings
for the front of Gifford City. They first painted all the window frames,
and masked them. The next step for both buildings is to paint the walls.
- Ed rebuilt the scenery around the Coca-Bubblie track, which was lowered
to cancel out the slope it used to have. He also began the street
around the building.
- John Shriver continued the really complex trolley switches into
- John Purbrick is now about finished with the pavement around
the produce terminal / newspaper building --- including the pavement
over the track, which looks incredible!
- Alvar continued to work on the Green Building, adding basswood to a
complete side and starting the details of the molded concrete slabs.
- James continued to tweak the Unix computer so that it will be ready to
be our main server. He also continued to study the PIC processor that
we plan to use for System 3; by now he is a theoretical expert on it
- Jeff helped us restock the Coke Machine and check it too, since it was
misbehaving a little bit.
Andy and Bill came up with a great idea for the next step of the layout,
and after receiving input from John P and Alvar, we all arrived to a
consensus on the general idea... which unfortunately is too hard to
describe over text, but hopefully we'll have a page on the design soon.
Bill will start detailed work on some hand drawing, as a proof of concept.
We had a business meeting, where we approved a budget, We also approved
the purhase of CAD software in order to plan our layout! We will try to
look for software that lets us have lots of picutres on the net. During
the meeting JP announced that a prototype of the micro-processor controlled
System 3 (the one we have been talking so much about) is ready, and he'll
show it off Tuesday night.
- October 19
Ed Drozd continued his scenic work in the vicinity of the Coca-Bubblie
plant. John Purbrick and Alvar Saenz-Otero worked on System 3. Alvar also
did some work on the Green Building model. John McNamara gave the grand
tour to his guest, Wilson Snyder (former president of the RPI club). James
Knight did further work on transferring our website from Athena to our own
- October 23
We had more progress without supervision, everybody was doing something!
Bill continued to add windows to the vegetable oil building. He also
briefed JP on the global plans for the next sections of layout, which we
hope to start building either late this term or early next term. Talking
about plans for the layout: Alvar obtained the latest version of CadRail,
7.1, which is now in the TMRC computer, ready to be (ab)used by TMRC. The
goal is to use CadRail both for 'proof of concept' designs and for actual
1:1 printing of the tracks.
JP worked on re-touching the newspaper building. He will add a new
concrete section at the bottom, to represent the foundation (and to make it
easier to make the street around the building match the edge of the walls
:-). John McNamara continued work on the roundhouse, and did an incredible
job with one of the wall sections: it is removable, in other words the
"wall for the camera." He was able to finish _all_ the sections of the
walls, and is now starting to work on the workshop, which is the last
section he has to build.
Stefano and his wife worked on putting together two new pieces of rolling
for TMRC. Andy helped them a lot with this, which was a little bit of
traning while we can get nice building kits for them to work with. Andy
himself worked a lot on two ex-Athearn locomotives: he replaced the motors
with ones that actually work :-) Dick Lord began to extend the siding
after 105th street that will service the carbarn and the large industrial
building next to the Gifford City river. He planned the track and began to
lay down the lattice stock.
Ed added another section of street around Coke Bubblie. The street is
almost completely around the building. Alvar continued to work on the
Green building, and finished the first side! It is fully detailed,
with all the divisions of the molded concrete; the sides are slightly
slanted; the top of the horizontals is slanted, while the bottom is at
90 degrees off the vertical.
Later on Alvar, James, and JP continued to work on the design of System 3,
now that the prototype that JP brought in has proven to be a success.
The new design is quite simple, and the part count went down considerably.
It does appear that within a year System 3 may be operational!