- March 10
Andy installed a concrete abutment for the "WPA Bridge" and did alot more
painting. John painted the loading platform for the produce distributor,
and worked on the adjacent bridge. Alvar's new building is now installed on
Main St, and he and Andy discussed finishing touches for the 105th St
- March 14
Bill brought in the windows for his vegetable oil facility, and many more
for future buildings. He began to cut out the brick material for the
office side of the facility. John Purbrick worked on the bridge next to
his produce warehouse. He had to modify the bridge greatly, since he
discovered that with the existing height it would not meet NMRA standards!
But now the bridge meets the standards and is ready for the structural
memebers to be added. Alvar continued work on the bridge to 105th station,
adding the center abatement. John McNamara continued hard work on the
roundhouse, starting the back wall. John Shriver worked on the setup for
the trolley into the Carbarn, making sure that all switches are the correct
radii and have the right clearances.
James and many of his friends from the area worked on setting up the new
TMRC computers. The two new 'advanced' computers now have Linux installed,
including a neat graphical login screen, internet access, and most
importantly: Athena access. Soon it will be possible to update the website
directly from the clubroom!
- March 17
Andy worked on the retaining wall between P-yard and the Gifford City
station building. While the part distant from the station is large stone
blocks, the part near the station platforms is poured concrete. Having
completed most of the stone sections, Andy worked on the concrete portion.
He also added the entranceways that will permit the passengers to enter the
station from the platforms. John McNamara has been working on the
roundhouse rear walls out-of-place, adding the mortared appearance to the
brick sheets. John Purbrick added non-functional trolley tracks to the
bridge he is building. These will run from the Gifford City trolley loop
out over the bridge toward the viewer. Alvar Saenz-Otero worked on the
bridge he is building. This is a two section bridge, one part over a siding
and a longer part over the multi-track mainline. The longer part is now
complete, or nearly so, and tonight's work was concentrated on the shorter
section. He also worked the concrete supports beneath the bridge sections.
- March 20
This is the first entry that comes directly from the new TMRC computers!
That said, down to business: Andy worked hard on the 'retaining wall'
for Gifford City station. He finished the top section of it, painted it,
and even put it in place! His next job, he says, is the main boulevard
that will cross above P-yard north of the station building. Meanwhile
Bill, now with the windows for his building on hand, continued to cut the
brick material to the shape of his vegetable oil facility. Alvar is now
almost finished with his bridge in the entrance to Gifford City, the one
that goes to 105th station. With Andy's help, Alvar got the bridges painted,
the pavement almost done (although a small miscalculation put the centerlines
about 5 scale feet apart!), and the abutments finished. The only missing
parts are to fix the pavement sections and to attach the stairway down to
Later on at night (or morning :-), Jeff and Alvar worked on the webpage to
introduce a neat new feature: for those of you that wondered how many 'random
pictures' there are in the main page, don't worry any more! You can now
'click' on the picture to see the next one, and the next one, and ... you
get the idea!
- March 24
John M worked on a sample of an inner wall for the rear of the roundhouse.
Plastruct .030 material seems suitable. Andy secured the recently-painted
concrete retaining wall that runs along the Gifford City passenger
platforms. He also painted some passenger access and freight loading doors
that will connect from the platforms to station. There is a possibility
that the plaza in front of the station will have to be raised, or
alternatively that clearances will have to be very slightly less than Plate
C, if a passenger walkway is to be installed under the plaza and across the
platforms. John P worked on the bridge that will be next to his produce
terminal. He has some very nice Central Valley girders for this purpose.
Alvar battled with our Linux-based computer and lost. He also did some
additional stripping work on the nifty highway bridge that he built; Andy
- March 27
Today James dropped by and fixed the computers, so we are back on
the net! Therefore, this entry comes, once again, directly from the
room. There is one for Wednesday, but that will be updated later on,
sorry for that. Anyway...
Andy Miller continued working on the retaining wall for Gifford City
station. He built the doors that go into the station, and finished the
first panel with an entrance, which is at the end of tracks #1 and #2.
Bill began to cover the Vegetable Oil facility with painted walls; he
began with the loading lock area. John Purbrick continued work on the
bridge south of this produce terminal; he also brought in a few updates
to the system, which let us program signals into the computers.
Alvar finished most of the work in the 105th street bridge. All the
streets are fully painted, including nice yellow double lines. Plus,
he fixed the staircase to the platform. For the first time in TMRC
history both Gifford City Station and 105th St. Station have real access
to their platform!
Ben visited today, and showed us a bunch of new things that we can play with
using the new TMRC computers. Jeff was also here! And it was great, because
he helped John P. fix a couple of dust bugs that were lying in the system
(specifically, little dust particles preventing contact in several relays
of System 2). With these problems out of System 2, it appears that S&P is
all ready to go for the Open House!
- March 31
James did some system updates and other work on our computer systems. John
M painted the window sills on the rear wall sections for the roundhouse.
John P painted the underside of the bridge next to the produce warehouse
and worked on the bridge abutments. Alvar added lots of neat new photos to
the web page galleries, located at the New