This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during
the month of August 2001, as taken from the descriptions posted to
the club mailing list.
- August 1
Andy Miller worked on building foundations in the Gifford City area. This
was done in preparation for the installation of sidewalks and subsequent
installation of trolley poles. Andy and Alvar then discussed the placement
of a couple of the buildings and decided to change one, requiring the
removal of foundations already nailed and glued in place....
At the opposite end of Gifford City, John Shriver worked toward completion of
the car barn ladder tracks. John McNamara did some minor work on the
interior of the roundhouse.
In the BK area, Malcolm Laughlin and Roger Neumann temporarily mounted the
pre-built layout section that will go at the eastern end of Berkmannville.
Alvar discussed with others the mounting of a 'work surface' under said
James Knight, Branden Gunn, Roger Neumann, and Alvar worked on various
computer-related projects. After some debuggind, James and Alvar made
the first Systme3 advance in S-Yard!
Jeff Birkner dropped by briefly, as did Ken Terrell.
- August 8
A very quiet and very warm night. John Shriver continued his work on the
carbarn ladder tracks. Malcolm Laughlin worked on some Streamline car kits
of his. He and John McNamara briefly discussed Alvar's self-clearing
workbench idea, the exact height of which depends on some inputs from Bill
Onorato. John M also refilled the Coke machine, which had been completely
sold out to thristy victims of the current heat wave. John S. and John M.
agreed that the Club's current A/C has a capacity of only about 100 mK
(milliKotoks). James worked on new bootloaders for the PIC processors
which run the System3 blockcards. Alvar installed 'OrCad' in the TMRC
PC so that we can star to work on the schematics and layout of the
- August 15
John Shriver continued his work on the carbarn ladder tracks and now has
two tracks completed into the car barn. John Purbrick and Malcolm Laughlin
showed off the layout to a friend of Malcolm's and discussed various model
and prototype railroading issues. Ben FrantzDale visited and installed
grass behind the roundhouse after consultation with John McNamara and Ed
Drozd. Alvar Saenz-Otero made CAD drawings of the System3 block card
schematics while James Knight worked on various other System3 issues. Jeff
Birkner visited briefly.
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