This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of October 2000, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- October 4
Starting next week we will change our standard work sessions from
Tuesdays to Wednesdays to better fit our academic schedules.
The times remain the same: 7-10pm.
- October 11
Now that the trackwork for the staging yard (S-yard) is essentially
complete, attention has turned to other aspects of the S-yard design. Alvar
Saenz-Otero began documenting the wiring needed for the various 8-switch
control units that will be required. Malcom Laughlin started planning, and
cutting pieces for, the ramp that will take trains down from S-yard to
Berkmannville. He also did some planning for Berkmannville itself.
John Purbrick did some wirewrapping work on a "switch interface expander"
which is basically a communications hub for interfacing System3 to the switch
controllers. Stefano Curtarolo assisted.
Ed Drozd worked on the foundation of a building that was near Coca-Bubblie.
(This may be an Ed Spoles building formerly called Olivieri Typewriter.)
Ed also altered some ground cover that he has added behind the roundhouse.
John McNamara continued his work on the parking lot behind the roundhouse
and showed off some detail parts that he has purchased for the roundhouse.
- October 25
Jeff Birkner, Malcolm Laughlin, John McNamara, and John Purbrick discussed
the design of Berkmannville and made some measurements. On the one hand, it
is desireable from a scenic and operational standpoint to have Berkannville
fairly wide. On the other hand, it is desireable from a room access
standpoint to have the aisles fairly wide. Malcolm will make scale drawings
of the area in question and explore some alternatives. Professor Katsuma
Hidetosi visited, presenting us with a calendar of nifty new Japanese
trains and the news that an interesting private car now adorns track 8 at
South Station. He will be in town until Sunday, 5 November.
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