This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of July 2001, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- July 11
A quiet night. Mal Laughlin continued his work on the TMRC freight cars,
examining and inventorying them. He has created a long string of
bad-order cars in the staging yard. These are blue-flagged (with blue tape) and
should not be moved until fixed. Most have coupler problems. John
Purbrick did some more ballasting in Berkmannville and installed an
uncoupling ramp. John Shriver refilled the Coke machine and did some more
work on the street trackage. James Knight emptied the Coke machine's coin
collection, and he and John McNamara rolled tons of quarters!
- July 18 [pictures]
The evening began with our opportunity for 15 minutes of fame. Kelly
Davidson, a photographer for the Boston Phoenix, spent some time taking
photos of various parts of the layout and of the people at work thereon.
These will be part of an article on model railroading to appear the week
Malcolm Laughlin continued his freight car inventory and testing process.
He also downloaded some demo versions of layout design programs. He and
Branden Gunn experimented with some of the features. John McNamara repaired
some of the roll-up doors on the roundhouse and reloaded the Coke machine.
Alvar Saenz-Otero worked on the radomes and other building-top features for
his Green Building model. Alvar and Branden also ran some power cables for
System3. John Purbrick demonstrated the latest version of his freight car
tracking system that uses bar code strips mounted on the underside of
freight car trucks. It worked very well and was the subject of substantial
discussion with Branden and his friend Roger Neumann, who also did some
track-laying in Berkmannville. Track-laying also occurred in the trolley
turning loop near the roundhouse, where John Shriver completed a dummy
track that branches off of the loop and leads to the edge of the layout.
This would be an excellent method of disposing of malfunctioning trolleys,
but the switches leading to it will not be functional. Ken Terrell dropped
by and did some testing and work on his Penn Central SD45.
- July 21
The room looks different after today! Alvar and Bill began by moving
all the lumber around, such that the plywood is now flat against the
back wall. They also moved all the conduit (which still needs a new
home location) and pushed the large computer table all the way to the
corner. With Branden's and Roger's help, the NT computer desk and
the filing cabinet was also moved to the back of the room. All the
boxes full of electronic stuff were sorted, compressed, some placed
under the layout, and others are awaiting a new home also. In order
to move some boxes out of the floor, Alvar created an ingenious 'hanging'
shelf above the computer tables, which stores tons of boxes. He also
built a smaller, permanent, and sturdy shelf where two CPU's sit, clearing
even more area in the computer desks! End result: a really large
area is ready, so that we can continue to build the layout!
And, about the layout, JP and Roger continued to lay down track and
switches in the BK area. Bill worked on super-detailing of the switches.
Meanwhile, Malcolm continued to sort and check the rolling stock.
A quick 'meeting' like thing occured, where it was decided to buy a new
HP Deskjet to replace the printer that died during construction.
- July 25
A gratifying number of members showed up in a working
mood. There was some initial debate (repeated every
time somebody entered the room) about whether leaving
half the lights off would help keep the room cool, and
if so, which half it should be.
Andy Miller worked on
a passenger car, and began the long-awaited work on GC
sidewalks. The first segment is under the Walker's
Fine Dining bldg. On off nights he repaired 10 of the
freight cars which Mal IDed as bad order and installed
a foundation for the Bassex House. Malcolm Laughlin
continued his work on freight cars and their discontents
to counteract Andy's progress ;-P
Claude Brown visited briefly and spent his time cleaning
Branden Gunn helped Alvar with power wiring for
Sys3, receiving a Spanish lesson in the process, and then
joined in counting coins. Roger Neumann spiked rail in
Berkmannville and then joined the coin-counters. Alvar
Saenz-Otero cleaned the room, installed power wiring
for Sys3 and counted money. He also received kudos and
plaudits for his new aerial storage scheme which
removes stored buildings from the floor and computers
from the bench. A large amount of floor space has
James Knight counted money and then returned
to Sys3 software. John Shriver installed more street
in Gifford City. John Purbrick built the 5th switch in Bermannville.
- July 29 [pictures]
Just a picture of the day update today.
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