- June 6
John McNamara has received a roundhouse stall kit that provides suffcient
parts for finishing the roundhouse roof, complete with smoke stacks, which
he assembled. Andy Miller painted these, the end of a concrete wall in
P-yard, and some hopper cars of his. Jared Jonas sorted some material he is
donating, and worked on his ATSF 0-4-0 switcher. Ed Drozd did some hand
painting work on an Art Deco downtown building. John Purbrick added some
"mud" in the P-yard area in preparation for ground cover. More important,
he and Jeff Birkner worked on the design of electrical operation for Phase
II layout construction. Initially, this will use the few remaining blocks
from venerable System 2. Alvar Saenz-Otero arrived around 11 pm to check up
on progress and stayed to help John and Jeff with the electronic side
of Phase 2.
- June 10
The realization of a Phase II is more immenent each weekend! Alvar raised
all the plywood to the same levels, and placed temporary risers in the
helix areas. Once that was done, Alvar and Bill drew the
desired track locations for all of staging. Now we know how well we
built phase 2... its a B+. We need to add three small splices of plywood
in order to make sure no track is floating in the air :-). Two of them
are in the helix outside area; another splice is needed in the back of
the yard. Jared put the first splice in place; the two others are comming.
None of the splices are critical, and should not present any problems.
Jared also layed down temporary flex track in order to ensure that the
curves at the back of staging have enough clearence... 1/8" should be
more than enough :-) All were deemed good enough as long as people move
through staging at reasonable speeds.
DR Ed Drozd brought in his family for a tour of TMRC, and then continued
to paint the tiles of a new Gifford City building. Stefano also continued
to paint another building for Gifford City. Howard brought in quick
connects for the air hose, so that we can interchange fixtures easily.
John Shriver finished the trolley track all the way to the bridge, and
began the installation of track accross the bridge.
Jared, DR Ed, and Alvar made a quick run to Star Market to resupply our
stock of beverages... and saved lots of money with the current sale.
Sunday Jeff and Alvar divided the huge Sawmill piece into three much
smaller pieces. After lots of careful work with the sawsall (it is
contradictory, but true!), the Sawmill survided virtually intact (except
for a couple of cracks on the edge of the river) and standing on its own
new structure; the long truss, still attached to the river under it, sits
by itself; a small third piece of moutain scenery is now together with all
the other moutain scenes. And, most important of all, none of them are taking
precious floor space!
- June 13
Ed Drozd did some additional hand painting on his Art Deco downtown
building. He is nearly finished with the front and it is quite an
eye-catcher! Jared Jonas worked on a garage that will go inside the new
trolley loop. John Purbrick has returned to working on his produce
terminal, devoting his attention to the second building in the complex. He
also added colored mud, grass, and weeds to an area near the Main Street
bridge. John McNamara made some minor adjustments to the roundhouse,
including gluing one of the door mechanisms into place instead of using
double-sided tape. Andy Miller worked on, and tested, a steam engine of
his. Alvar Saenz-Otero added a few inches to part of the Phase II
banchwork. He, Jeff, John M, and the others debated and tested various
possible positions for the sawmill scene.
- June 17
John Shriver fixed a kink in the trolley tracks, before continuing to lay
down track accross the river; he did finalize the locations of the track,
but will start to lay them down next time he is in. Ed aquired two new
sets of actually useful brushes; using the new functional brushes he
detailed the building he's been working on: green and blue tiles, with
dark green window frames. It looks very fancy! Bill continued work on
the vegetable oil facility. John McNamara continued to detail the
round house. He and Jeff entretained several visitors tonight (and made
the system work even with so many psitons flowing into it!).
Alvar worked on the hardware installation of the P-yard control computer.
The computer is a small 486 laptop which has been separated into two: the
screen with an integrated trackball on one side, and the CPU/keyboard on
the other. The screen is mounted on the inside of the Railway Express
agency, where it will be used as the main control panel (west end of
P-yard). The laptop is mounted under directly under that, in a pullout
shelf. Once the computer is operation it will work with both the trackball
and keyboard, given user preference.
Alvar and Jeff began to re-organize the large bookshelf so that data-books
are more accessible and all scenery items are in the same general location.
They then e-filled the coke machine to keep our income comming!
Phase II is on hold while we await the switches necessary to ensure our
track plan is right. These switches will come in soon, at which point
we'll start to lay down lattice stock.
- June 24
Andy Miller installed stair railings at the Gifford City station, complete
with brass railings. Ed Drozd worked on the roof access shed for the
Coca-Bubblie(TM) building. Jared Jonas worked on his garage building.
Bill Onorato and Jeff Birkner rearranged the book shelves and put the data
books in order. Andy, Ed, Jared and Jeff went on a soda run.
Bill, Andy, Ed and Ben FrantzDale discussed the design of the new
Berkmannville area. Bill and Jeff repaired the door jamb of the double
- June 27
A very quiet evening, as several people are away on trips ranging from
Alaska to Mexico. John McNamara and Jeff Birkner assisted the folks from
the New England Museum of Telephony in packing Ma Roto aboard a truck bound
for Methuen MA and subsequently to Ellsworth ME
(http://ellsworthme.org/ringring/). Jeff also refilled the Coke Machine.
John Shriver added some more trolley track, including starting work on the
first switch of the turning loop near the roundhouse. Ken Terrell also
visited and ran some trains.