This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of February 2001, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- February 7
Malcolm Laughlin installed roadbed under two more switches in Berkmanville.
Stefano Curtarolo weathered the area around the signal tower, including
adding rust to a couple of vehicles. John Purbrick built a small fence to
stop vehicles (now rusty?) from driving onto the tracks near the signal
tower, and he installed 24 interlocking levers within the signal tower!
Alvar Saenz-Otero insatlled the Java Software Developers Kit on our
computer for use in System3 development. John McNamara installed a sink,
complete with faucets and drain, in the roundhouse restroom. He also
re-attached the toilet, which Stefano weathered. Joe Curran worked on, and
tested, a throttle for his N-gauge layout. Jared Jonas, long absent in New
Jersey, visited with his friend Judy. He bought new batteries for the
camera car and ran it around for many traverses of the layout. It's still a
lot of fun to watch, and a group of us sat around watching the PC screen
for some time. Jeff Birkner and Ken Terrell also dropped by and
"supervised" a few tasks.
- February 10
The day began early when Ed and Alvar welcomed a troop of
Tiger Cubs to the club... the small show ran almost flawlessly,
especially when the kids were the ones running the trains :-)
Later on, James and JP continued to work on System3 software and hardware.
James continued with software development for the 'server' side of
System3. JP brought in some new hardware to test the operation of the
PIC based IMP (the processor that controls all switch cards)... a little
more work is needed to interface them.
Meahnwhile, Alvar began to work on the front faces of the Green Building,
finally!!! The painting of the molding is done, and all the vertical
sections of one face are now in place. The next steps are the ends of
the vertical sections (larger pieces) and the horizontals. It appears
this will take about 2 weeks per face.
Stefano and his wife worked on the deparment store that ends the
row of buildings in the front of Gifford City. This building was
previously taped together; it is now glued together. JP also worked
on scenic areas, around the switching tower after 105th street.
Bill continued to work on the vegetable oil facility.
Malcolm installed all the roadbed that connects Berkmanville to
staging through the cutoff, and began to install the roadbed for the
bottom layer of the helix. As soon as the lattice stock is down, we'll
be able to start laying track and run trains all the way to BK!
- February 21
A quiet night. John McNamara and John Purbrick gave a visiting friend of
John M's the "Grand Tour". The visitor's
psitons were sufficiently
powerful that the track was damaged in a couple of places which John P
subsequently repaired. Alvar Saenz-Otero worked on windows of the
full-scale replica of the Green Building. Ken Terrell worked on some brass
troop sleepers he is building.
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