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November '14
This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during the month of November 2014, as taken from the descriptions posted to the club mailing list.
November 12

After years of annoyance, John P decided to remove the "Magnetic Storm" uncoupler from Gifford City. Here's the worksite ater the uncoupler was removed. A replacement wood slab has been glued in place, and putty spread around the edges.
New ties are glued down. Alex Keck is in town from his university in Stuttgart in Germany, and he brought some animated models. Here he is wiring one of them up.
This took him a while, and the circuit breaker saw some action (because other people wanted power left on). The cowboy waves his whip--or is it a lasso?
Stapling wires into place. A recent article in Model Railroader reminded John P about experiments with RFID tags a few years ago.
The track at Gifford City now has ballast, a tolerably good match for the surrounding area. Diluted glue and then a water spray--to get it "good and swampy".
Alex is using tried and true technology to make a large hole for his second donation. Powered with "renewable energy" if you accept Cherry Coke in that category. It features pecking hens!
Meanwhile, the track in Gifford City is back in operation. The ballast should appear lighter as it dries.


November 22

Today was the TMRC open house, so the house was packed! Here are some of the highlights.

Here is JP monitoring the setup of the various trains This kid knew exactly where the camera was...
The tetris game was as always a big hit. Veteran member James came by to poke at the layout, here he is getting the trolley up and running.
JP attracted quite a crowd James poking once again at the layout, as of 7:22 pm this evening the trolley finally made a trip around the trolley loop... UPDATE: As of 7:42 pm, the trolley is once again getting stuck
Just having some fun in staging Alex P. looking particularly guilty, what was he destroying?
The trains ran very smoothly all afternoon long As you can see, the house was quite packed
Alex L. also tried his hand at dispatching, at peak running we had 8 trains + subway + trolley running at once! A fine looking bunch, don't you think?



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