This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of June 1999, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- June 12
Alvar began to work on the new crossover switch out of the west end of
P-yard. This new switch is a curved crossover which was previously deemed
impossible due to the raddii, but which is being done with a little of
magic (and by letting the radius be around 35" instead of 36" :-).
Unfortunately this switch makes mainline virtually unoperable, therefore
teh mainline is out for 2 or 3 weeks... But to help Alvar in his efforts
Jeff quickly wired the new crossover in System 2, it is now switch #38.
Meanwhile Bill continued work on the vegetable oil facility. Andy worked
more on the Gifford City station. He worked on the second street, which is
the one that will have the stairs down to the platforms. Talking about
stairs, Andy now has the handrails for the stairs down to the platforms.
John Shriver was also here, and continued to expand the Bitco rail, almost
reaching the carbarn!
- June 16
John P. demonstrated a prototype model of the lift bridge he intends to
build across the river at the entrance to the clubroom. The model is fully
(manually) operational, and is a great proof of concept that shows that the
bridge can truly be a reality! Later on JP worked on a sample facia for the
layout (that holds the Lexan front to prevent little fingers from derailing
the trains. He also added switch #38 to the layout description in the
Both James and Alvar worked on the TMRC computers... the damage was all
repaired by the end of the day!
- June 19
Alvar continued the work on switch #38, the new crossover that allows more
than two trains out of the west side of Gifford City at a time. One switch
is complete, but the switch with a movable frog is not yet ready, that's
for next week! Jeff wired the last part needed for the System 2 side of
Since JP's sample fascia of the layout was very well received by all the
members, he built another piece, and is starting to device a 'mass
production' system to make it easy to build these. Bill Onorato continued
- June 23
Alvar finished the trackwork on switch #38, including a moving point! Say
hello to the infinite loop again :-)
- June 26
John Shriver worked down the curve of Gifford City laying down trolley
track. He has now reached the carbarn, next step: switch ladder! Working
right next to John (and under him, and around him, and all over the place),
Alvar finished switched 38, including all the electronics. The layout is
fully operational again! Of course, Alvar did not do it alone. Jeff was
great at finding all those silly mistakes that are made in any project.
Justin searched for more TMRC equipment, and put the MIRTA equipment into
operation. Bill O. continued his work.
- June 30
James and Alvar attended the summer mailing 'stuffing party', and (mainly
James) stuffed about 1000 fliers that will go to all the incomming
freshmen. Afterward they met with Jonh P. in the clubroom. John
P. checked a couple of small gage problems in crossover 38 (the new one),
and subsequent switches in the same ladder, which were not quite to
standards. We had several visitors that night, so we entretained them with
trains that could run all around the layout again!
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