This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of December 2000, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- December 2
We had another great Open House! We were happy to welcome kids
from 3 to over 80! Now we are off to study for finals, and then we'll
do lots of stuff during IAP.
- December 6
Andy Leiserson and James Knight installed two telephones at opposite ends
of P-Yard. These are connected to the PC-based telephone system that Mike
Newman donated some time ago. In conjunction with previously completed
installations, the new telephone system, like the old one in building 20,
will radically reduce the need to shout across the room during Open House.
David Maze did some line-side scenicing near where the mainline crosses the
Whatahack River before passing the turntable lead. Andy Miller continued
his work on the building that will form the back side of the Caveat Emptor
department store. This building will face the mainline and the public. Ed
Drozd worked on a nifty set of double doors that he is adding to the
building next to Coca-Bubblie.
John Purbrick worked on the cardboard mockup of an addition to Andy
Miller's REA / Amtrak Express building. This addition will be an integral
part of the back of the building and will enclose the display portion of
the P-Yard computer terminal. John McNamara painted a towel dispenser,
sink, and toilet for the rest room in the roundhouse. He mounted the towel
dispenser and drilled the sink for faucet installation. Ken Terrell
performed further testing of the Acela train set that he ran at the Open
- December 9
John Purbrick worked on the 'inside wall' of the Railway Express
agency, to separate the building from the laptop monitor. Bill
detailed the roof of the vegetable oil facility. Ed did some
work on the 50th Anniversary locomotive, which was suffering
of extra-paint-in-the-motor syndrome. Plus, he continued detailing
the buildings around the CocaBubblie area. Malcolm continued
work on the Berkmanville area. JP & Alvar found new blades for the
bandsaw, which is currently bladeless :-( Alvar mangaed lots of
finances. At the end of the night Stefano and Alvar ran their
respective European trains: Alvar ran his high speed ICE
train and Stefano an Italian Era IV locomotive which he super-detailed.
- December 13
David Maze finished his line-side scenicing near where the mainline crosses
the Whatahack River before passing the turntable lead. Looks great! He then
prepared for scenic work within the residential area trolley loop (as
opposed to the city area trolley loop) by making a scale drawing of the
area. Andy Miller continued his work on the building that will form the
back side of the Caveat Emptor department store. It is starting to come
together very nicely. Ed Drozd worked on an air conditioning unit that is
atop the telephone company building. He also assisted John McNamara in
cutting and installing a Masonite underlayer for the roundhouse parking
lot. This will boost the parking lot slightly so that scenic material can
be easily added to the area. Ken Terrell painted some of his equipment.
- December 20
David Maze did additional planning for scenic work within the residential
area trolley loop and also got a tour of System3 from John Purbrick. Andy
Miller continued his work on the Caveat Emptor department store. Mal
Laughlin's "grading crew" extended the roadbed to the new Berkmannville,
and will be making a few adjustments. John McNamara finished raising the
roundhouse parking lot and did additional work on the roundhouse restroom.
Ken Terrell painted some of his equipment.
John Purbrick brought in the latest version of the System3 IMP (interface
processor) and its companion software on the PC. The new software has a
slightly different appearance (occupied and available tracks shown as 3
pixels wide, powered blocks display both block and cab numbers). It also
drives the little PC that Alvar installed as a control panel for P-yard;
you can do assignments and throw switches from there if you can handle the
tiny trackball. "Plus, of course, the IMP has flashing lights, of which we
had far too few before."
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