- March 7
Ed Drozd has completed the doors for the truck loading docks on the
Coca-Bubblie building and worked on the loading dock itself, which will be
complete with bumpers for the trucks to bump against. A roof to shelter the
loading/unloading personnel during rain storms (or sprinkler head failures)
has also been constructed, but not yet installed. The fact that the
building wall is curved poses substantial challenges.
John Purbrick continued work on the sidewalk that is near the "Fellow
Traveler" mewspaper plant. (For people who did not grow up in Boston, I
should add that there was once a paper here called the "Boston Traveler"
and that during the Red scares of the McCarthy era, much ado was made of
Communists and "fellow travelers". A stretch? Yes.)
Alvar Saenz-Otero led a discussion of layout Phase II, with the assistance
of CadRail diagrams. There was considerable discussion about the proper
method of constructing a switch within a helix (and whether it should be
done at all).
John McNamara proposed a method for dealing with the notches in the
roundhouse doorframes that were originally intended for the swinging doors.
Now that the roundhouse uses roll-up doors, the notches are superfluous and
somewhat ugly. Unfortunately, he did not have the necessary Plastruct
pieces on hand to try out the idea. He and Ed Drozd made a trip to Star
Market to buy $113 of Coca-Cola products on sale. Combined with a recent
similar trip by Andy and Ed, the Club's liquid asset position has been
- March 14
Stig-Lennart Sorensen, a university student from Norway, visited to take
some video and do some interviews in conjunction with a paper he is writing
on the origins of computer hacking. Alan Kotok, Andy Miller, and John
Andy Miller put the roof and windows on the Railway Express Agency / Amtrak
Package Service building. He also joined Alvar Saenz-Otero in planning the
Berkmannville and helix areas in Phase II of the layout. John McNamara
began the process of making inserts for "hinge holes" in the roundhouse
doors. John Purbrick did some more work on the siding that goes to the
as-yet-unnamed warehouse by the Whattahack River. Ed Drozd painted the roof
for Andy's REA building, painted the loading dock bumpers and loading dock
roof for the Coca-Bubblie building, and painted the portals for a
pedestrian underpass that John Purbrick is working on.
- March 18
The room is a disaster... but a good disaster, because it is due to lots
of progress in preparing the area for Phase 2. James and a visitor that
came with him worked hard on taking down the lubmer pile walls. The
Sawmill is no back on its side, the walls were carefully unscrewed from the
floor, the plywood is on its side, and the lumber is all the way in the back of
the room. We still need to clean up the masonite and random old layout
pieces, to make sure we can start construction without hurting anything,
but construction is likely to start soon!
Alvar began to test several paint colors in order to paint the Green
Building parts, but was not able to match the 'yellowish concrete' with
'almond' color spray paint, so more tests will need to be done with other
colors. He then worked on the new poster for the infinite corridor, which
includes a building front, track, and even a locomotive and car --- this
should definetely tell people what TMRC is about :-)
John Shriver led the discussion, planning, and actual tracing of
building limits regarding the trolley turning loop on the
west side of Gifford City. The two main ideas at this point are to have
the trolley line go in an alley between buildings, or to have a fire
station a-la Arlington style, where many streets meet around it (including
the trolley line).
Andy continued the details of the ExpressRail building, which is very close
to be done (in an impressive 3 weeks!). John McNamara worked on filling up
the holes left by the doors on the front of the roundhouse; he is filling
them up as if the hinges of the old doors were left there but painted the
same color as the brick. The detail is quite impressive. John Purbrick
continued detail work on the area between the 105th street bridge and
100th street. Bill put several windows in his vegetable oil facility.
Ed worked on more details of the coca-bubblie plant, which is close to
During the meeting the club approved the investment into 100 50th
cars. Andy is going to place the order this week, so expect to see the
'TMRC Store' appear at our website quite soon (before April!). The cars
are likely to arrive in late April, but we will be taking pre-orders.
Jeff and Alvar went to re-stock our supply of coke products, in order to
keep our income steady. We should now have about one months worth of our
- March 21
After a careful design process, and with the great initiative of
James, the construction of Phase II has started. By tonight enough
area was completely clean from previous materials (most of this great
work done by James and several of his friends he brought to TMRC over
the past weekends!). Today James and Alvar installed the first 8 feet
of walls that will extend the lower loop of the tower into the main
staging area. We hope to have at least the plywood of staging ready
by the Open House!
And, on the rest of club news...
Ed Drozd finished the CocaBubblie loading dock. The weathering is suitably
grungy, especially the rusty metal roof. Andy Miller continued his work on
the REA/Amtrak Express building by starting the construction of a roadway
and parking lot adjacent to the building.John McNamara added some more
hinge-hole-fillers to the roundhouse doorways. John Purbrick continued his
work scenicing the almost-disused siding for the warehouse next to the
river. He also took a recent MR article on modeling people to heart by
painting a crewman about to board a diesel near the roundhouse. Alavr
Saenz-Otero and James Knight began work on planning and placing supports
for Phase II of the layout.
All of this work will continue next week, when we will be joined by former
TMRCie Jon Ferro. A dinner trip in his honor is likely.
- March 28
John Purbrick continued his work on the siding next to the river-side
warehouse. John McNamara made some more filler strips to insert in the
roundhouse doorways. Ed Drozd added ventilators and A/C units to the
Coca-Bubblie plant. Stefano and Erme Curtarolo did some painting and worked
on a downtown Gifford City building. Andy Miller continued his work on the
parking lots and roadways around the REA/Amtrak Express building. Visiting
ex-TMRCie Jon Ferro supervised.