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April '09
This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during the month of April 2009, as taken from the descriptions posted to the club mailing list.
April 1

John M worked on the steel warehouse in East Berkmannville.

Quentin has installed lighting in Ken Tyrell's subway station. He used cold-cathode fluorescent tubes from a broken LCD panel.
This is how it looks, with the wires glued up out of sight, but the glue's drying, hence the clamps.
John P has made a whole bunch of new industry shipment pockets, using David Lambeth's pattern.


April 8

The same computer runs both our control system and our website, and it suffered a shutdown of unknown cause today, which pretty much put us out of business. Fortunately James Knight made an appearance and got it working again, then spent a long time doing mysterious things with Linux.

James remarked that our two main computers are "getting pretty long in the tooth".

John P installed new labels on the car card boxes, dealing with the complaint (from the RailRun session) that it's hard to identify locations on the railroad.
There's also a new box for cars at destinations within F-Yard. It's attached to the fascia with screws rather than VelcroTM because we couldn't find the VelcroTM when we needed it.


April 11

The Madlinger family--our alumnus Adam, and his parents Cathy and Gary--paid us a visit, and as usual when they drop in, all three of them got to work. Here's a group photo.
They installed a signal tower and a small section of rock face adjacent to their stupendous rockwork from two years ago. (See April 7, 2007.)
Then there's new gravel around the White tower restaurant.
And people on the platform at Berkmannville.
We had a four-person operating session to try and work out the issues that were brought up by the RailRun operation two weeks ago. Malcolm Laughlin made a visit to share his expertise. It generally went more smoothly. Paperwork is part of running a railroad!


April 18

Last week's operating session led to a suggestion that for two operators to work together at F-yard, they need a car-order box each. Such a box is under construction. Yes, we have a fine collection of clamps.
The new car card box completed and installed, with new movable labels and a barrier to keep the labels from getting pushed off by people brushing against the fascia.
John M added new I-beams to the Pessim Steel warehouse.
For no very good reason, here is a picture of a train on the crossing at Middle Heights.



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