This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of May 1999, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- May 1
Open House Day!
Today was the first New TMRC Open House , and we had approximately 70 visitors throughout the day. We had people of
every age show up; from babies to alumni members from the 50's! Trains were running around the layout almost non-stop, there was a large crowd for dinner, and above all, lots of fun! We are
very happy that so many people showed up, and want to thank all of you for
your constant support!
Thank you to all of you who supported us during the Open House, it was a great success, and we will continue working so that next fall we can show something even better. Pictures from the Open House will appear soon in
the web, we just have to develop and scan them first.
- May 8
Bill Onorato continued work on the Vegetable Oil Facility. John Purbrick
installed decoupling magnets in the siding for the Post Office section at
the west end of P-Yard. Justing, a new Junior Member that joined us during
the Open House, came and tested his equipment in the TNP layout.
Between Aaron (a new member!), Jeff, and Alvar, they brought the system
back to life after discovering that a battery that keeps memory for the new
S-Board is dying. Later on Jeff worked on connecting Cab 4 - the remote
control one - to the FOO system, so that when FOO-BAR is pressed, that one
also shuts down. John Purbrick also introduced the idea - again - that a
D-board in needed (as Jeff has been pointing out for a while), which means
that we will soon start to deal with the broken video projector... or start
thingking of new things to make a new d-board.
- May 15
Bill worked more on his facility. John Purbrick fixed the 105th street
platform, since it was too high in some parts, and low level locomotives
(like switchers) would crash into it and derail :-(. Any miller painted
a lot of parts for different sections of the layout. Alvar introduced a
plan to insert a crossover at the west entrance to P-yard, which will allow
the trains on the inside of the loop to go to the outside of p-yard. It
was previously believed that this switch would not meet the required 36in
radii, but fortunately testing the setup proved that the switch can be
done... of course, with a little hacking, like a movable frog!
Then all of them began to talk about the next section of the layout, which
is very likely to be the F-Yard section. This section will extend out of
the tower to the 'south-east' end of the room, where the computers are
now. The F-yard, done this way, would be able to have tracks a long as
Jeff worked on the light for the system, installing a nice switch to make
it easy to turn the light on and off, so that we can see what is going
on back there!
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