Thursday, July 8, 2010

First Week in July

No Model Railcast Show to listen to this week, so sad, Ryan was lonesome as no one is around to talk model railroading - it seems very quiet in the US around the 4th of July. I missed the discussions between Ryan and Tim with their guests as many of the issues raised about our hobby relate to those faced by our group even though Ryan and Tim conduct their show from the other side of the world.

You ought to check the Model Railcast Show show out along with the Model Railroad Hobbyist on-line Magazine if you haven't already.

Scenery Stuff

Southern Wall

The ground cover applied last week on the top deck along the southern wall from Jimtown towards Iron Hill was glued down by Barry and BJ

LeMaistre Loco Approach

BJ has applied the plaster base to the hills surrounding the arrival and departure tracks.

Iron Hill Mine

BJ has also started applying some of the base plaster textures around the machinery park and the mine face.

machinery park

open cut mine face

Track work

Rossco was doing quality assurance of the track work in two areas Fleets Loop and top deck main lines behind Iron Hill.

Fleets Loop

Fleets Loop is inside the lower deck main lines and below the helix.

Main Line behind Iron Hill Yard

Track Wiring

Chris connected the block buses that extend to the top of the helix which are at the other (right hand) end of the bridges.

Chris surveys the growing loom of block bus wires for "Power District B".

Control Panels

Top Level Mainline Panel

I continued to terminate wires - it seems to be a never ending job at the moment.

At last! - all mainline turnouts for the top level have been wired and tested for operation. Now to follow up on Chris's work and install the Track Bus terminal blocks, terminate the bus wires, Power District Circuit Breakers and "Block Watchers" for signal detection inputs.

Once again thanks for the continued efforts of the Monday night crew and the additional work by Chris & BJ.

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