This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of January 2000, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- January 4
Ed Drozd worked on the Coca-Bubblie building. He moved one of the support
posts to more closely align with its support pad and painted the
supporting mechanism that he created a few weeks ago. The supporting
mechanism provides support for that part of the building that overhangs
the associated siding. Andy Miller created a dramatic painted-on-the-wall
sign for the Bassex House. It is five stories high in the fashion of the
1930's. He also tested the pulling ability of one of his locomotives. John
McNamara installed the windows in the office area of the roundhouse. He
also painted the interior walls, which are now ready to be glued in place.
John Purbrick worked on one of the abutments for the bridge nearest the
produce warehouse that he built.
- January 11
Ed Drozd weathered the Coca-Bubblie building, using a somewhat darker color
than the "TMRC grunge" that is automatically applied to our buildings*. He
also added such weathering details as a smoke smear over the area where a
switcher would likely spend time. John McNamara finished the walls in the
office area of the roundhouse and permanently secured it to the rest of the
roundhouse. John Purbrick painted the concrete atop the abutments for the
bridge nearest his produce warehouse and contemplated the addition of an
additional girder in the roadway area of the bridge.
Alvar Saenz-Otero gave the "grand tour de layout" to Jane Pickering, the
new Director of the MIT Museum. The Museum's "Arnot layout" was also
discussed briefly. Alvar and James began arrangments to get our Coke
machine funds closer to the bank. James spent substantial time creating
"The TMRC Store", an upcoming addition to our web page that will help our
fundraing efforst by selling TNP logo T-shirts, hats, and boxcars. An
announcement to the TMRC list will be forthcoming as soon as the pages are
* "TMRC grunge" = dust!
- January 18
Ed Drozd continued his work on the Coca-Bubblie plant. He is now making
tanks to hold the Bubblie ingredients. These tanks must be extra secure to
avoid hazardous spills. John McNamara worked on the roof of the roundhouse
and has developed a way to install it in relatively seamless fashion. John
Purbrick painted the portions of the roof that are now complete, while also
weathering a bridge beam (and protecting concrete) that will appear in the
middle of his road bridge. He also made some turntable adjustments, as it
had been thrown out of adjustment by the psytons of four visitors. James
Knight continued his work on the TMRC Store web page. He has developed not
only a web page but a tool for revising and adding to the web page in a
convenient fashion. An announcement to the list will be made when the page
- January 25
Ed continued the construction of a wall between the mainline and
the industrial area around Coca Bubblie. John Purbrick painted one
of the singal towers for mainline. Alvar tested the system (ok,
used the sytem) with his ICE train for the first time in 2000. He
then trained himself in CadRAIL, and finally was able to 'lay down'
the track on the drawing that Jeff made available last Saturday.
He then began one design for the staging yard lader - the next
section to be built.
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