Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 19 Work Session

It was a relatively quiet work session since many members were away for the Easter holiday. However, those that stayed behind began the day by intercepting Union Pacific 2002 (painted to commemorate the 2002 Olympics that were hosted in Salt Lake City) as it led a train eastbound on the former New York Central CSX main line.
UP 2002 leads an eastbound freight on CSX at Attridge Road in Chili, NY, April 19, 2014. Photo by Elliot Courtney.

Heading back towards the city, we stopped off at Buffalo Road to do some field research at an area we will be modeling on the layout. This location is where the B&O's "Belt Line" crossed over the New York Central main line and Buffalo Road. This track is now operated by the Rochester & Southern.

 Elliot poses with his model of the bridge over Buffalo Road. He used a Micro Engineering kit.

A near perfect match!

After our little trip around town, we headed to the club room to do some work. Mike Smith delivered some parts we needed. Matt worked on wiring up the helix, and did not emerge until the end of the day, forcing us to deliver his Mighty Taco Nacho Buffito® by train (it was a special "high and wide" dimensional load). Elliot and Otto worked on installing some track in Niagara Food Terminal. Otto added some real estate to the scene at CP 373, then turned his attention towards plotting the location of the remaining customer sidings in Albion. David Stavans helped clean up and also added a couple of freight cars to his steam-era fleet. Otto and Elliot installed the remaining sidings in Albion (with some help from Matt at the end). E.J. paid us a visit towards the end of the day and gave our work the official E.J. Nod of Approval®.

Next meeting is Tuesday, April 22, and next work session is Saturday, April 26. Imagine RIT Open House is Saturday, May 3!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Work Session Update

 E.J.'s New York Central Hudson made a few laps during the Accepted Students Open House.

On Saturday, April 12, the club room was open for tours during RIT's Accepted Student Open House. We had more than a few visitors come down, and hopefully we get some new members in the fall! There was supposed to be a Club Faire somewhere on campus, but darned if we could find it.

In the morning, we hung new LED rope lights on the valence above Niagara Falls. Thanks to E.J., Otto, Matt, Charles, and James for helping with that project.

Elliot and Matt focused on making repairs to the helix. By the end of the day, one track had been realigned. Repairs will continue to fix the second track and then connect everything back to staging.

Otto worked on installing cork roadbed for the future Niagara Food Terminal in Niagara Falls. Corey and Nick installed ties to fill in gaps around the main line and branch lines.

Eve came down for a little while to work on her pumpkin patch! It's coming along quite well.

Next meeting is April 15, next work session is April 19. We are gearing up for the big ImagineRIT festival on May 3, which will be our next open house. Lots of work to be done before then!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Accepted Students Open House - April 12

We'll be hosting an informal Open House for Accepted Students on Saturday, April 12, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Stop by, say hello, see what we're up to! We will have trains running and members will be available to answer your questions. ALL ABOARD!