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  • Rail Fair Pictures

    Pictures from Rail Fair ’14…

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  • Lower Deck Lighting Installed

    Jim completed the lower deck lighting. We’ve even started using energy efficient 40W Equivalent LED bulbs!
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  • Branch Line Work Started

    Larry, Paul and Bruce have built about half of the branch line that will split off from the main just beyond Mt Roberts. The branch line will cross above the main, then follow the IMAX curve, and exit through the backdrop to eventually cross over to the industrial switching shelf layout on the room wall.

    New Branch Line Spline Splitting off from main just West of Mt. Roberts
    New Branch Line Spline Splitting off from main just West of Mt. Roberts
  • Layout Status Notice – Track Outage

    Jim, Dave and others have been working on the extension of the upper staging area to connect with the new Fiddle Yard. There is currently no track connection between those two points. All trains must terminate at the upper staging or the Fiddle yard.

    The outage is expected to continue for the next one to two weeks.

  • Ayer Peninsula now has Cab bus panels!

    For those of you without radio throttles, you can now follow your trains on the new Ayer peninsula with your wired throttle. Jim and Bruce extended the Cab bus to include five additional cab panels. There are now three new panels on the Ayer side, and one at each end of the fiddle yard on the wall side.

  • Fiddle Yard Switch Controls

    I have added the Tortoise machines to the two mainline track switches in the fiddle yard. Each Tortoise has a two-button panel to control the switch. The red button on the panel aligns for entrance into the yard. The green button (black if the button cap falls off) aligns the switch for the mainline.

    Tortoise with manual switch pushbuttons in Fiddle Yard
    Tortoise with manual switch pushbuttons in Fiddle Yard

    Note that there are addresses for the switch-it decoders, but they have not been configured to any particular address. Matt needs to determine what addresses they will use and what macros will control the switches. That will be coming in the near future. In the meantime, all control of the switches is manual.

  • New Upper Deck Track Operational!

    The upper deck from Mt Roberts back to West End Staging is once again operational. Power was tied in and the entire run was tested with no problems.

    NOTE: Not all foam / cardboard / plywood / plexiglass guards have been installed throughout the run, so it is recommended that you maintain yard speeds through the area to prevent equipment damage should a derailment occur.

  • The Flyover is… Outa There!

    On behalf of the layout committee Jim would like to thank everyone who dropped by Sat 11/30 to help with our project day. Craig, Matt, Larry, David, Bruce, Pete, Paul, Ron (a guest of Paul’s) and Jim, all put in an excellent effort to get the new leg of the upper deck very close to operational. With a few more evenings of work we will have a full loop running through the new fiddle yard.

    Note: The layout is out of service between Mt Roberts and the new Fiddle Yard. We expect to restore service no later than 12/14 in time for the Christmas Party.

     

    A view of the new upper loop looking from Ayer towards Fitchburg

    The new spline mainline and the new backdrop. Note the flyover is gone!
    The new spline mainline and the new backdrop. Note the flyover is gone!

     

    A view of the new Fiddle Yard from above Ayer
    A view of the new Fiddle Yard from above Ayer

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The flyover’s days are numbered!

    Jim, Larry, Scott, Peter, Paul and Bruce added the new upper deck supports on the Ayer peninsula. Hopefully, within a couple of  months, the flyover will be gone, and the mainline will be extended out of the upper staging yard on the new panel, the fiddle yard will be functional and the mainline will loop around the end of the peninsula and head back to the IMAX ™ and Gardner beyond.

  • Building Structures for Gardner

    Hi Fellow Model Railroaders!

    I’m putting together a NVRRA Work Permit to start constructing a new building (or building a new structure, to put it another way) in the City of Gardner based upon pictures of the area and previous proposed plans for Gardner structures. The structure will be an office chair factory with an enclosed siding for rail car service.

    There are three other major structures proposed for Gardner, and we have some “footprint” plans and photos of the real buildings to use to get started.

    If you would like to learn more about building model railroad structures, or you are already experienced in building structures, contact me and you can learn as I build the factory or you can start a building of your own in Gardner.

    Don Carlton