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July '03
This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during the month of July 2003, as taken from the descriptions posted to the club mailing list.
July 5

Today I (James Knight) arrived late today so I'm not sure what happened before 10pm. When I got here, Malcolm Laughlin was working on attaching plywood for the new river right before the helix to staging yard, Tom O'Reilly was constructing a switch and laying track, and John Purbrick was doing his best to make a siding look utterly abandoned and neglected for the past 30 years. I decided (finally) get back to doing some track wiring, and finished two P-yard tracks that have been sitting unwired for the past year. I also started updating the documentation on the track wiring, since some of it is out of date with respect to what's currently there.

James Knight


July 16

Last Saturday, Alvar (almost single-handedly) finished construction of the F-yard helix of two-and-a-half loops so that it is now complete from the lower level at 35 inches, up to the F-yard level at 45 inches. Hooray! This helix isn't actually quite a helix, as it is designed so that much of the track is exposed and can be sceniced. There was one minor problem with the placement which required a bit of rework today, but now it is really done. F-yard plywood is installed as well, leaving only the plywood on the other side of F-yard to complete. The plan is to finish laying the main-line all the way up the helix and through f-yard to extend a "great circle" all the way around the complete layout by the time freshmen arrive this fall.

Over a couple of evenings Alan Kotok stuffed a new block card with components (the first of 3 we'll need for the part of track we're laying right now), with some help from John Shriver.

James Knight


July 23

Alvar and Malcolm discussed the plans for finishing off the plywood of F-yard (the construction of which is to occur on Saturday), while John Purbrick worked further on constructed some more switches around the back of the F-yard helix. James Knight did various updates to the TMRC website (doesn't this progress page look much nicer than before?), and there is now a new section, written by John McNamara describing the history of the club. Alvar also started working out a state diagram of how to run the 7-end demo track that we will use for the Freshman Midway this fall. The goal is to have it run 2 engines through random routes continually, so that there's always something moving to attract attention.

James Knight


July 26

Today was quite destructive. The temporary upper-loop around the control tower (which has been there 5 years) was torn apart by James Knight and Thaddeus Stefanov-Wagner. As planned Alvar Saenz-Otero with help from James constructed the next piece connecting F-yard to the Gifford City area. Alvar also installed supports under other parts of the recently installed plywood that hadn't been properly supported yet. On Monday John Purbrick installed a new cutoff from S-yard into the helix leading to Berkmanville, thus making two "Great Circles" around the layout possible once we complete the main-line through F-yard.



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